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                              15th Congressional District


                              Democratic Primary Candidates










               Rob Jarvis

                 Rick Neal


   Occupation, Training,

   and Experience


Biographical Info:

Mailing Address: PO Box 34 Buchtel, OH 45716

Campaign Phone: (740) 590-5250

Website: http://www.robjarvisforcongress.com

email address: robjarvisforcongress@gmail.com

Education and Experience: Ohio University - BA (Political Science) Ohio University - MA (Social Studies Education) 4 years as a licensed teacher in Ohio 4 years as a mental health case worker 3+ years member UFCW (Kroger)

Facebook: http://@robjarvisforcongress

Twitter: twitter.com/robjarvis4ohio


Biographical Info:

Mailing Address: Rick Neal for Congress 545 E Town Street Columbus, OH 43215

Website: http://www.rickneal.com

email address: rickneal@rickneal.com

Education and Experience: Education: MIPP, Johns Hopkins University; MPH, University of North Carolina; BFA, Miami University Experience: International Rescue Committee; Refugees International; Oxfam; HealthNet International

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ricknealforcongress

Twitter: twitter.com/rick_neal


QUESTION: What measures do you support to improve and secure elections and voting in the US?

A: A return to paper ballots is the appropriate response to the election meddling by Russia and other Russian backed interests. We must protect the Mueller investigation in order to adequately get to the "bottom" of that meddling. I also believe that we as a nation need to look at alternative voting methods such as "Ranked Choice Voting" which is used (in some form) in local and state elections in at least 20 states already. This will reduce the impact of gerrymandering, and create an environment where independent and third party candidates can participate and succeed. We also must fight ID restrictions and voter purges which are being used to target, largely minority voters, across our state and nation. Finally, end the electoral college.


A: Nothing is more sacred than our right to vote. Unfortunately, lawmakers across Ohio have spent years trying to put big corporations who want to buy elections with dark money over voters. Enough is enough. I’ve made a pledge to say 'no' to money from corporate PACs, and I think Congress should ban corporate PAC contributions across the country. We need to end partisan gerrymandering, and I’m hopeful Ohioans will continue to come together to fix this broken system where one political party can unfairly draw districts that ignore the will of Ohioans. Lastly, the federal government should provide resources to county boards of elections so they can update and improve their voting equipment to increase the integrity and security of the ballot.


QUESTION: What, if any, steps will you take to reform current immigration policies?


A: Ensure the protection of DACA and the DREAMERS. Once that issue is resolved, I would immediately begin drafting legislation to provide pathways to citizenship for all undocumented peoples living in the United States who have not committed serious; drug, sex, or violent crimes. The level of "seriousness" would obviously have to be determined in a bipartisan way with input from the justice dept. and groups like the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) This must be a process where hearings are held and open dialogue and debate is encouraged. Ultimately building a wall is ridiculous, and breaking up families is inhumane. Citizenship will ensure protection of labor laws, and provide economic opportunity for all.


A: Congress needs to make improvements to our immigration system so that we treat people coming to the United States fairly and with respect, while working to keep our neighborhoods safe and secure. We should not tolerate violent criminals residing in the United States illegally, but Congress’ inaction to help DACA recipients – young people brought into this country as children who are valuable members of our society – is inexcusable. DACA recipients go to school, work, and pay taxes, and Congress needs to pass a plan to help them stay in the U.S. and work towards legal status. We should also be supportive of talented people from all over the world who wish to legally move to the United States to live and work here.


QUESTION: How will you work to increase employment opportunities for your constituents?


A: I propose college tuition in exchange for two years of community service. I will create / support any federal funds directed toward expanding high speed broadband in rural areas. I will support "point of purchase" subsidies for consumers who purchase green energy technology (solar, wind, geothermal, etc.) I also will initiate legislation to create a Single Payer Health Care system in the United states which will end "job lock" and take the burden of group health plans off of business. Finally, I will support the Equal Rights Amendment and the Union Amendment in order to ensure that men and women are given equal pay for equal work and that those jobs are protected by organized labor. All of these proposals will create and protect jobs.


A: Creating better paying jobs across Ohio’s 15th District will be my top priority in Congress. We can do more to support small businesses, especially those on the cutting edge of new technologies like renewable energy manufacturing. Congress should invest in infrastructure and healthcare development, creating jobs while rebuilding the roads, bridges, utilities, and resources our neighborhoods thrive on. At the same time, we must make sure that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules earns their fair share. We need to restore the dignity of work, pass a livable minimum wage for everyone, and defend the rights of workers to collectively bargain for the compensation and benefits their families deserve.



QUESTION: Based on current scientific consensus on climate change, what should Congress do to address the problem immediately and in the long term?


A: Create "point of purchase" subsidies for green energy tech. in order to drive demand for these technologies. Stop subsidizing the coal industry, and provide for programs that will help coal country transition to the jobs of tomorrow. Ask for reentry into the Paris Climate Accord. Commit to reducing carbon emissions by half by the year 2050. Increase federal grant monies for cities who commit to the Sierra Club's "Ready for 100" initiative which is meant to create 100% renewable energy production/consumption in American cities. Increase the budget of the EPA and fight on behalf of conservation by preventing state and national parks from being used for fracking. Also support local charter initiatives meant to protect drinking water.


A: Our natural resources are one of the most valuable gifts we can give our children. That’s why we need to leave them with clean air, clean water, and a safe environment. The federal government can help by enacting a carbon tax on big corporations and supporting businesses developing renewable energy sources. Ohioans can be at the forefront of the economic growth in renewable energy technology, but only if our representatives choose to lead on this issue. While preparing for what’s ahead, we also have to protect what we have. Here in southeastern Ohio, the Wayne National Forest is under threat from private fossil fuel developers. The Wayne is a natural treasure our kids should enjoy. We shouldn’t let it be destroyed for corporate profit.




State- Issue 1

Creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing congressional districts Proposed Constitutional Amendment


Proposed by Joint Resolution of the General Assembly To amend the version of Section 1 of Article XI that is scheduled to take effect January 1, 2021, and to enact Sections 1, 2, and 3 of Article XIX of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to establish a process for congressional redistricting. A majority yes vote is necessary for the amendment to pass. The proposed amendment would: • End the partisan process for drawing congressional districts, and replace it with a process with the goals of promoting bipartisanship, keeping local communities together, and having district boundaries that are more compact. • Ensure a transparent process by requiring public hearings and allowing public submission of proposed plans. • Require the General Assembly or the Ohio Redistricting Commission to adopt new congressional districts by a bipartisan vote for the plan to be effective for the full 10-year period. • Require that if a plan is adopted by the General Assembly without significant bipartisan support, it cannot be effective for the entire 10-year period and must comply with explicit anti-gerrymandering requirements. If passed, the amendment will become effective immediately.

    Advisory Election Athens City


Shall the City of Athens, through the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (“SOPEC”)’s opt-out Electric Aggregation Program, have the authority to charge 2 mills retail carbon fee for each kilowatt hour of electric consumption used by SOPEC retail electric customers in the City of Athens, and use all carbon fee revenues to fund local public solar projects, such enrollment to occur automatically except where any SOPEC retail electric customer elects to opt-out?

Alexander School Levy


Proposed Income Tax Levy Alexander Local School District (Athens, Meigs and Vinton Counties) A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage. Shall an annual income tax of 1% on the school district income of individuals and of estates be imposed by the Alexander Local School District (Athens, Meigs and Vinton Counties) for a period of 5 years, beginning January 1, 2019, for the purpose of providing for the current operating expenses of the school district? 


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