MIAMI COUNTY — In the upcoming Nov. 6 election, voters will choose between Republican Warren Davidson of Troy and Democrat Dr. Vanessa Enoch of West Chester to represent Ohio’s 8th district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Davidson won a special election in June 2016 to fill the remainder of the term of outgoing Rep. John Boehner. He was re-elected to his first full term in Congress in November of the same year.
Enoch won the Democratic nomination during the primary election in May, securing an estimated 58 percent of the vote, besting Ted Jones of Piqua, Matthew Guyette of Greenville, and Bill Ebben of West Chester Twp.
The following are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire sent out by the Troy Daily News. Each candidate was recently given a chance to update their questionnaires, which had been previously published.
Candidates’ statements do not reflect the views of this publication.
Warren Davidson, Republican candidate
Occupation: Former small business owner, retired army officer, Congressman
Position Sought: Congressman, 8th Congressional district
Previous Political Experience: Township trustee
Qualifications: Employed over 200 people as a small business owner in the manufacturing industry. I graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point and also received an MBA from Notre Dame.
Reason for Seeking Office: I am running for another term in Congress, because I love this country with a soldier’s passion, and I want to help re-establish the principles that built it. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made, including historic tax reform. I will continue to work hard and provide results for the families and taxpayers of Ohio’s 8th district.
Goals for office if elected: Defend Liberty, grow the economy and opportunity, secure our nation, and get our fiscal house in order.
What do you see as the greatest need to be addressed: Addressing our spending addiction in Washington. It is not compassionate to bankrupt America.
The healthcare economy is broken. America’s healthcare costs are high because of the absence of market forces, not their presence. Price controls, subsidies, antitrust exemptions, regulatory barriers — they drive out competition and drive up costs. To solve these problems, Congress needs a focused healthcare committee.
For more information on Warren Davidson, visit www.davidson.house.gov.
Dr. Vanessa Enoch, Democratic candidate
Occupation: Business and Policy Consultant
Position Sought: US House of Representatives, OH-8
Previous Political Experience: I have never held public office.
Qualifications: I am a public policy and social change expert, with proven leadership skills and broad and varied experience that crosses several sectors, including non-profit, government, business, and entrepreneurship. As an experienced senior level business and technology professional, with over 16 years of corporate operations experience, I understand the challenges that business owners face in growing their businesses. I have held positions as a Business/ Information Technology Analyst with corporations such as General Electric, and I have worked as a Paralegal with the US Small Business Administration. I have also held positions as a Project Manager within the insurance industry, construction, and within corporate retail and the hospital departments.
I have also owned and managed several businesses, including a construction company, a non-profit organization, and two consulting companies. My consulting company, Cultural Impact, LLC specializes in providing management consulting services, research and policy analysis, and program evaluation, and training services to governments, businesses and corporations. I have also worked as a college professor and a higher education administrator for nearly 15 years. I served as Department Chair/Dean of Students for business and accounting departments.
I am also a trained community organizer, who has taken up numerous causes for marginalized and oppressed communities. I am passionate about social justice and human rights causes, and have fought vigorously for change to a system that wishes to maintain the status quo to the detriment of 99 percent of Americans. For over 20 years, I have been leading local efforts to drive change in communities across the region. Most recently, I have been involved in efforts to ensure fairness within the criminal justice system and the jury selection process. I have also fought to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and reform the jury system.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Information Technology from Xavier University. I am an MLK Scholar with a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Social Change from Union Institute & University.
I earned the Eugene Ruehlmann Fellowship and several academic awards as a Ph.D. student.
Reason for Seeking Office: I am running for U.S. Congress because I am fed up with wealthy Washington bureaucrats ignoring the voices of the American populace. I believe that Americans deserve elected officials who actually care about the people they are elected to serve.
Like many Americans, I have watched in frustration as Congress has created policies that take hard-earned dollars from hardworking citizens, and lined the pockets of the very rich. I have become incensed at the audacity of public officials who have blatantly passed healthcare and tax laws to the detriment of the majority of Americans. I am disgraced by the moral decay and the exploitation of women and children among legislators across the country. Legislators have turned a blind eye to issues such as mass incarceration, the opioid crisis, and tainted water supply. And rather than fix the problems they have instead cut funding to agencies designed to protect us and simply ignored the voices of constituents.
Goals for office if elected: My goal is to represent the people of the district, regardless of their political persuasion, and without regard to whether they are part of the wealthiest one percent. The top priorities that people in the district are concerned about is that government officials are fair and responsible, the establishment of a sustainable healthcare system that provides access to everyone, good paying jobs, and protection of public education from pre-school to completion of college.
What do you see as the greatest need to be addressed: I believe that the greatest need to be addressed is a lack of confidence in government leadership, and the healthcare crisis. Our Congress is made up of elitists who lack morals and values, and seemingly have no understanding of what it’s like for the majority of the American people. They are out of touch.
We need to repeal and replace this current Congress. We need new leadership with fresh ideas! We can also fix our dying economy by electing new leadership. New leadership will foster new ideas. We need a new wave of creativity, and in touch citizen representatives, who understand life on the other side of the political sphere. Over the past decade, there has been a healthcare crisis in this country. The healthcare crisis is compounded by the opioid epidemic.
We can solve all of these problems by electing a more in touch congress, which understands the needs of various constituent groups. Electing a new congress will ensure that a cross section of the citizenry is represented, and a meaningful contribution of ideas will come from various population groups.
For more information on Dr. Vanessa Enoch, visit www.enochforcongress.com.