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Ohio State Government November 5, 2002 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Attorney General; State of Ohio

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

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1. How would you balance civil liberties with the increased need for public security?

Answer from Jim Petro:

I do not believe that there should be a contradiction between civil liberties and public security. While the events of September 11th demonstrate the need for increased public security, such measures must always be balanced against the rights guaranteed to each of us under our Constitution. However, we must draw a distinction between mere inconveniences and the suspension of civil rights. I have the utmost respect for law enforcement, and if elected, I will provide support in their battle to protect Ohio's security. However, these measures must be done in a way that guarantees the protection of civil liberties for all.

Answer from Leigh Herington:

In a post 9/11 environment, the safety of our citizens is a top priority for me. Partnering between law enforcement and community groups will help create a collaboration of diversity that will open up opportunities for all interested parties. As Ohio Attorney General this means security for all Ohioans. Through increased training for local law enforcement on how to identify safety issues without infringing on an Ohioan's rights, we will be able to enter into a solution toward security instead of creating a bigger problem. Increasing our communication capability would be a first and foremost step toward a safer Ohio.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. Word limits for answers are 100 words for each question. Words over the limit will be cut off in published information. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

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