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Ohio State Government May 2, 2006 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Attorney General; State of Ohio; Democratic Party

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and asked of all candidates for this office.     See below for questions on ,

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1. As chief legal officer of the state of Ohio, how will you ensure the integrity of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches in light of recent ethical violations and financial irregularities? (150 word limit)

Answer from Marc Dann:

As a leader in the effort to expose and pursue the wrongdoing that has occurred in state government, I am already changing the way business is done in Ohio. I have sued the governor twice to force him to release documents relative to Coingate and other scandals and introduced 12 bills that will wipe out the pay-to-play culture that now controls the state and imposes a billion dollar corruption tax on Ohioans every year. As Attorney General I will continue the fight to clean up Ohio by instituting many of the reforms encompassed in my legislation, by recruiting the best available legal minds--including top flight graduates of Ohio's law schools--to work in a reinvigorated Public Integrity Division, by establishing a credible, transparent procedure for appointing special counsel, by reviewing state contract worth $1 million or more, and by aggressively enforcing Ohio's open records and ethics laws.

Answer from Subodh Chandra:

End the culture of corruption and cronyism by fostering an alternative culture. As a former federal prosecutor and Cleveland law director, I helped create a strong alternative culture (accept no gifts; always act in the public interest), and promoted that culture across government. People in other departments soon came to our department to whistleblow about wrongdoing. We investigated those allegations and pursued them allegations and pursued them vigorously. I have never hired someone because of politics. I helped attract top graduates of local schools, partners and associates from major law firms. Part of it was having a "lawyer's lawyer" at the top of the organization who could attract other top lawyers.

Given the kinds of problems Ohio is facing and will face over the next four years, this job--the People's Lawyer--must go to an accomplished lawyer, prosecutor, and executive who can lead the People's Law Firm to protect Ohioans from further harm Exceeded word limit

2. What would you do to enforce Ohio's sunshine laws and open-records policy, given increased difficulty in accessing public records? (150 word limit)

(No candidates submitted answers to this question)

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. 150 Word limits apply for each question. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

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