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Candidates Square Off in New 95th District

October 21, 2012
By JOSELYN KING - Political Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Current Ohio Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, and Democrat Charlie Daniels of St. Clairsville are the nominees seeking the 95th District seat.

- Thompson, 49, currently represents the 93rd Ohio House District. Prior to being elected to his first term in the Ohio House in 2010, he served as the area action council chairman for the National Federation of Independent Business Chapter in Marietta.

"Ohio's finances have improved substantially over the past year, but there are concerns looming, due to the national economy's weakness, the expected costs of Obamacare if it's not repealed, and of course our long-term liabilities. The good news is our investments are performing, leading to an upgrade (twice) in our state's credit ratings. We are adding net new jobs, and the shale boom is bringing tremendous new wealth to the state, and we are reforming the way government is doing business in the areas of Medicaid, transportation, corrections and workforce development. I'm proud of our accomplishments the past two years, but there is much more we can do."

- Daniels, 49, worked 18 years as a correctional officer at the Belmont Correctional Institution. He spent six years in the U.S. Navy stationed aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower. "Although Ohio has suffered heavily due to the loss of manufacturing jobs to countries like China, and is still dealing with the long-lasting effects of the policy-driven recession, our state's current and future tax revenues are more than adequate to fully fund our priority services without a tax increase," Daniels said. "Our leaders, in the current budget, have made unnecessary, drastic cuts to our basic services while transferring these funds to special interest spending causing additional tax levies to be pushed onto Ohio's working families."

The majority of the issues dealing with the natural gas boom are actually being addressed on the local county level, he continued.

"We need legislators that understand and support harvesting this energy responsibly with an emphasis on making sure our local economy is first," he said.

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