These are just who I'm voting for, these are not in any way official endorsements and should not be taken as encouraging anyone else to vote any particular way.
Zach Scott presents his ideas better and Ginther represents the recent severe corruption problems we've had in our city government. Scott also supports using Seattle as an inspiration in minimum wage increases, which I like. Basically Ginther has negatives, Scott does not. I'll be voting for Zach Scott.
Columbus City Council, pick 4 from 8
Elizabeth C. Brown - Not from Columbus, wants to increase minimum wage but says we can't at local level, supports body cameras
Zach Klein - lots of national experience, also OAG and US AG experience, wants to increase minimum wage but says we can't at local level, supports body cameras
Jaiza Page - Young, supports minimum wage and body cameras.
John Christopher Rush - massive family, veteran, says a *lot* while saying little. Might support body cameras and minimum wage? Sounds good but delivered in a very obfuscatory way.
Besmira Sharrah - no data, didn’t respond to the survey at all.
Ibrahima Sow - Immigrant, does support a minimum wage increase modeled after Seattle, doesn't support police body cameras.
Dimitrious Stanley - opposes a minimum wage increase for terrible reasons. Supports body cameras.
Michael Stinziano - Says what he would do and why on minimum wage, and supports body camera, and he's local. Probably my favorite out of all of them.
There are four open seats for city council. Besmira is out. Rush seems slimy. I don't like Dimitrious' reasons for opposing the minimum wage.
I think Ibrahima's perspective will be an interesting one. Brown is a "Full time candidate" which kind of turns me off. I'm thinking I'll vote for Stinziano, Klein, Page, and Sow. But Brown could be switched out for Sow.
Columbus City Council, pick one
Shannon G. Hardin is being challenged by Ashley Wnek for his city council seat. Wnek has a confusing reason for opposing minimum wage increases, she claims that it will lead to automation forcing people out of low wage jobs. Uses the example of "every time I go to the grocery store there are less checkout lanes operated by good people, and more self checkout lanes!" But automation is going to do that anyway. Hardin is thoroughly dirty in the Redflex scandal and claims the public still trusts the city government, which just plain isn't true. Both candidates support body cameras. Wnek wants to improve public transportation in Columbus, including better routes and more methods than just the bus, and this is what pushes me to vote for Wnek over Hardin, despite disagreeing strongly on the issue of minimum wages.
Franklin County Municipal Court Judge; McCarthy or Morehart
I'll be voting for Sean McCarthy because they both look similar on issues but he's a veteran. Reportedly both would equally be great choices so I’m coming down on the McCarthy side solely because he’s a veteran.
Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Jan 5 term; Ebner or Glaeden
I'm voting for Ebner to get new blood and because I greatly prefer Ebner's stated judicial philosophy, which emphasizes fairness. Glaeden describes hers as "to hold offenders accountable and to make victims whole when possible" which sounds to me like she thinks anybody who comes before her is going to be guilty. I like that Ebner is coming at this from a Criminal Defense standpoint.
Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Jan. 6 term; Pfau, Paley, or Paat
Pfau is a Green Party candidate so he’s already ahead in my book as the first third party candidate I’ve encountered on this ballot. He’s gay, he’s a Buddhist, he’s been a Guardian ad Litem, he has a lot of experience, he’s fair, and he’s got a great judicial philosophy. Easy call for me.
Hilliard Board of Education, pick 2 of 4 candidates
Heather Keck - existing school board member and attorney.
Nadia Long – nothing to really separate her from anybody else.
Carmen Malone – Auditor. I would like having an auditor.
Charles Ramsay – Journalist, and I would like a journalist too.
Everybody has pretty much the same opinions on everything. I’m picking Malone and Ramsay because I like their backgrounds. An auditor will make sure things run efficiently and a journalist will be able to keep an eye out for any wrongdoing.
Issue 1: I absolutely support redistricting reform. Gerrymandering prevents competitive elections and stagnates the political process. It lets somebody who isn’t a good candidate get into an office and stay there. It lets the majority party in the statehouse run all over the minority. I wish it did more to prevent gerrymandering of US Congressional districts (where it does nothing) but it will help with the state legislature, and that is an important first step.
Issue 2: I oppose Issue 2 because it exists solely to fight legalization, not just the current Issue 3 path but also future attempts. It will require two votes, at two separate elections, for any citizen ballot initiative that has any impact on taxes. For example, it would require two separate elections for the “Legalize2016” initiative since it has parts in it relating to taxation. At the first vote, the public would have to exempt the proposed issue from the prohibition, and then the second vote would be on the actual issue. This would so thoroughly confuse the voters as to ensure that the only ballot measures that become law are those proposed by the legislature. Additionally, it says it’s against monopolies but it does nothing at all about the casino monopoly already existing in the state constitution.
Issue 3: Like the ACLU of Ohio, and NORML, and a number of other individuals who’ve studied the issue, I support Issue 3. It will bring in a lot of tax revenue, it will save a lot in court and police costs, and it will prevent usage from resulting in a criminal record that destroys someone’s life. Opposition to it is being driven by the Republicans who rushed Issue 2 onto the ballot, various police, religious, and family organizations, and any dealers who don’t like the idea of someone being able to buy legally what they sell illegally. They’re also supported in this by gullible ideologues and purists who are content to tell people to “wait till next year so we can do it right!” every single year because they’re not in danger of going to jail themselves. I realize that the Republican controlled government officials who set the ballot language were able to call it a monopoly bill and this was approved by the Ohio Supreme Court, but I don’t see a monopoly when 10 companies are required to all compete with each other. The positives are vast and the negatives are palatable.
ADAMH Levy: I support renewing the levy for mental health, alcohol, and drug addiction programs. I’d even support an increase but this is just a continuance.
Columbus Zoo levy: It’s a continuance levy and it’s not for that much, so I’m backing it.