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Ohio State Government May 2, 2006 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Governor/Lt Governor; 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. What will you do as Governor to improve the economy of Ohio? Specifically, to attract new business to Ohio and to keep college graduates from leaving the state? (150 word limit)

Answer from Bryan E. Flannery/Frank M. Stams:

Our system of public school funding is unconstitutional. I have been the ONLY person in the State of Ohio to tackle this crisis. As a result, I have the only solution that works and has received positive reviews. It will require the state to finally define a good education on paper and pay the costs.

I believe our citizens, farms and businesses need significant property tax relief to stem the tide of record property foreclosures and bankruptcies in Ohio. Through changes in the funding of our schools and identifying savings in the system, I will reduce the tax burden and make Ohio more a more attractive option for families and business.

For too long, Ohio has been run by career politicians with no direction or purpose. I am prepared to lead on day one to address our most pressing problems with practical ideas that work.

Answer from Ted Strickland/Lee Fisher:

The Strickland/Fisher Turnaround Ohio plan will create and keep jobs in Ohio by investing in Ohio's strengths, such as energy production and entrepreneurship, while bringing to Ohio the jobs of the future by making sure that we have the most educated workforce possible. We know that healthy, happy children are able to learn; that good learners in effective schools become educated students ready to contribute as workers; that able workers stay where there are worthy opportunities. We know that when good jobs are performed well, for fair pay, we start a cycle of success that builds its own momentum, creating opportunities for new investment, a growing tax base, and stable families -- everything Ohio has been losing for almost two decades. You can learn more about the specific proposals in the Strickland/Fisher Turnaround Ohio plan at

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.

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily. Candidates who did not respond are not listed on this page.

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