MIAMI COUNTY — In the upcoming Nov. 6 election, voters will choose between Republican Stephen Huffman of Tipp City and Democrat Paul Bradley of Dayton to represent the fifth district in Ohio’s State Senate.
Huffman is currently serving his second term in the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 80th district, which is composed of Miami County and parts of Darke County.
Bradley currently serves as a board member for the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, the Dayton Human Relations Council, and the City of Dayton Plan Board. He is also the director of Government Relations and Advancement at Antioch University.
The following is Bradley’s response to a candidate’s questionnaire sent out by the Daily Call. 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.
Paul Bradley, Democratic candidate
Occupation: Director of Advancement and Government Relations
Position Sought: Ohio State Senate, District 5
Previous Political Experience: 2009-2016 Southwest Ohio Regional Representative for Sen. Sherrod Brown, President of the Montgomery County Young Democrats and currently a member of the Montgomery County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee.
Qualifications: B.A. in Political Science from the University of Dayton, Member of Dayton Rotary and the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Current Director of Advancement and Government Relations for Antioch University, and Board-member: Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Dayton Plan Board, and Dayton Human Relations Council.
Reason for Seeking Office: I believe we can provide common-sense solutions to some of Ohio’s biggest challenges. Whether it’s addressing the lack of funding for our children’s education, making sure jobs come to and stay in Ohio, ensuring our working families have a voice in their workplace, or providing real solutions to the opioid epidemic that is ravaging our communities, I believe that the best answers can be found when elected leaders listen to their constituents and seek to solve problems together.
Goals for office if elected: Just like every other state, Ohio is facing many challenges. I believe government should be focused on improving educational opportunities for every child and building an economy that provides good paying jobs in every community. I believe public education is the best way to level the playing field for every child and provides an opportunity to create pathways out of poverty.
Right now, we have legislators in Columbus who have allowed for-profit schools like ECOT to steal millions of dollars from taxpayers while also stealing education funding from children. We need to clean up this culture of pay-to-play politics while also fighting for a constitutional public school funding formula. When it comes to creating a strong economy, I believe the state needs to be a better partner with local communities on everything from workforce development, skills gap training programs, and very importantly – combating the opioid crisis that is ravaging many parts of Ohio.
What do you see as the greatest need to be addressed in the position you seek: The top challenge facing Ohio at this time are jobs. We must be innovative and create good-paying jobs in our communities that will strengthen the middle class. Too many Ohioans are working multiple jobs just to get by. We must make sure anyone who wants to work can find a job they can support a family on.
Stephen Huffman, Republican candidate
Occupation: Emergency Room Physician
Position Sought: Ohio Senate 5th District
Previous Political Experience: Miami County Coroner 2012-2014, Ohio House of Representatives 80th District 2014 to present
Qualifications: As an emergency room physician and a former Miami County Coroner, I have firsthand knowledge of what the opioid epidemic has done to our society. In Ohio’s last budget, I voted to add $180 million in new money to fight the opioid epidemic. Also, I have fought for $2 billion in tax cuts and pushed for policies that have added 500,000 jobs in Ohio. Additionally, I have worked for transparency and reform in charter and online schools.
Reason for Seeking Office: I first ran for State Representative in 2014 because I was concerned where Ohio was headed, and I wanted to make sure my five children would have the same opportunities in Ohio that I did. Having had the honor to serve as your State Representative for Miami and southern Darke County the last four years, I was able to bring my private sector experience to the Statehouse and accomplish many of my goals. Now, Ohio is headed in the right direction, but there is still more work to be done. That is why I want to continue fighting to keep Ohio moving forward as your next State Senator.
Goals for office if elected: During my time in the legislature, Ohio’s economy has improved because of our commitment to lowering taxes and reducing government red tape. To continue this success, we must now focus on aligning education standards with the needs of our workforce, so that students leave school with skills that employers want. We also must commit to fighting the opioid epidemic by providing funding to proven treatment options.
What do you see as the greatest need to be addressed in the position you seek: The opioid crisis is one of the most pressing issues facing our state today, and I have witnessed the devasting effects of the epidemic as a physician and County Coroner. At the Statehouse, we need to continue taking a comprehensive approach by addressing prevention, treatment, recovery, and supporting our law enforcement officers. Earlier this year, I voted for legislation that dedicated over 150 million dollars to organizations that are on the frontlines fighting this crisis and will continue to advocate for funding of these organizations because they provide hope to countless Ohioans who need it.
For more information on these candidates, visit www.paulbradleyforsenate.com and www.stevehuffmanforohio.com.