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Ohio State Government May 2, 2006 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Attorney General; State of Ohio; Republican 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 Betty Montgomery:

Many Ohioans believe that too many politicians have put private interests before the public interest. In a few cases - involving both Democrats and Republicans - this has been true. Although most officials are honest and dedicated public servants, the crimes committed by a corrupt minority have eroded Ohioans' trust in government. Those who have violated the law should be prosecuted and punished.

Current Ohio law prevents lobbyists from gaining favors from state officials through illegal gifts, but we must clarify these laws, close existing loopholes, ensure transparency and timeliness in the reporting of donations or gifts, and increase penalties for public officials convicted of crimes of public corruption.

Answer from Tim Grendell:

Restoring public trust in state government is critical. I started my campaign in May, 2005 by promising to establish an independent bi-partisan committee to promulgate procedures for awarding special counsel contracts to outside lawyers representing the state. I will invite the League of Women Voters to participate on that committee. My opponent and her successor have created an unsavory link between political contributions and awarding profitable no-bid contracts to their political cronies. As Attorney General, I will stop these political shenanigans. As State Senator, I sponsored S.B. 168 which prohibits state officials and employees from benefiting from their unethical conduct. Under my legislation, a state official or employee convicted of an ethical violation will be prohibited from serving on a state board or commission and from lobbying.

As Attorney General, I will eliminate the pay to play political culture that spawns corruption in Columbus.

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.

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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