B3 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 | JOURNAL-NEWS | COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. LOCAL& STATE ELECTION2020 Six weeks from election, poll shows virtual tossup in Ohio HERZNER (nee Troy), Jane Ellen Age 77 of Glendale, OH, passed away Wednesday, September 23. Jane was born in NYC to the late Wilbur and Ellen Troy (nee Quinn). Jane is survived by her husband of 55 years, Fred; children Jill Herzner, Janine (Zach) Bolt, Christopher (Chris Piazza) Herzner; grandchildren Kyra, Alex, Ayden, and Kenna Bolt; brothers Jere (Jo) Troy and Kevin (Susie). Jane grew up in New York’s Greenwich Village and later moved to Long Island. After marrying, Jane and Fred moved to the Cincinnati area in 1965. Jane was a member of The Sacred Heart Church Choir in Fairfield for 30 years. She liked crafts, bowling, and playing board games with her grandkids. Jane and Fred also enjoyed flying their airplane all over the country and down to their vacation house on Norris Lake. A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Avance Funeral Home and Crematory in Fairfield (4976 Winton Rd). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.avancefuneralhome.com 3 percentage points. A Baldwin Wallace University Great Lakes Poll released this week shows Biden holds a commanding lead in Michigan and Wisconsin and is tied with Trump in Ohio and Pennsylvania. That poll surveyed self-identified likely voters. Baldwin Wallace found between 33% and 49% plan to vote by mail and 88% report that they are somewhat or very confident their voteswill be counted. Quinnipiac University pollsters who signal they may have a change of heart and the 4 percent who say they are unsure right now who they’ll back. At this point, it’s a toss-up,” said Quinnipiac University Polling AnalystMary Snow in a written statement. President Trump made two stops in Ohio thisweek, including a rally in Vandalia. The survey of likely voters shows 48% support Biden while 47% support Trump. The margin of error of the poll is plus or minus found 35% of Ohio voters plan to cast ballots by mail and 16% say they’ll vote early in- person at their county boards of elections. Baldwin Wallace pollsters also reported that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s approval ratings for howhe has handled the COVID-19 crisis have dropped 8 points sinceMarch but remain high at 72%. ByLauraBischoff StaffWriter Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden and Republican President Donald Trump are running neck and neck in Ohio — a state that Trump won by 8 percentage points in 2016, according to a new independent poll from Quinnipiac University. “With sixweeks to go until ElectionDayandmostminds made up, Ohio could hinge on a sliver of likely voters Contact this reporterat 614-224-1624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. KERBY (Preston), Geneva Janet Passed away on September 19th, 2020, Graveside services were previously held, with Rose Hill Funeral Home, Hamilton, OH. District62 MEECE (Bedford), Janis L. stoppedinColumbusby leadership, and there should be consequences. I don’t know howwe can keep voting the same people back in office when we know they’re not doing us right. TheHouse bill itself wasabsolutely criminal. Making us pay for the same nuclear plants for the fifth time, it gutted clean energy standards. We were sold a bill of goods. Ohio used to be in a leadership role with renewable energy. Enough of the culture of corruption, enough of the pay to play. Ohioans deserved better. I received no donations or support fromHouseholder, groups supporting him, lobbyists or FirstEnergysources. I came in under a different speaker. Ihad to live under a regime that bought its way into place. I have no money from any of those you mentioned except $500 to $1,000 a year from First Energy to returning legislators. Ourmoneyisnot tainted money. Mymoney’s not dark money or dirty money. We fought against this system. For the Householder case, our office provided the FBI with 1,400 pages of documents, then we gave them all the texts, records on my cell phone. ABOUT THE CANDIDATES Age 85 passed away September 20, 2020, in Fairfield, Ohio. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 8, 1935. She was a devoted Christian, who served the Lord for over 60 years, a mother, and a grandmother. She is preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Meece; son, Jeffrey; parents, Ova & Cecil Bedford; and brothers; Ronnie, Jack, Gayle and Tyrone. She is survived by her daughters, Kimberly (Allen) Blundell, Jennifer Slaven, Rachael (Wes) Whitt all of Hamilton; grandchildren, Matthew Blundell, Adam (Emily) Blundell both of Hamilton, Sarah Blundell of New York, Joshua (Hope) Slaven of Trenton, Jacob Slaven of Tennessee, Gabrielle Whitt of Hamilton, Sgt. Noah Whitt of North Carolina and Aimee Epperson of Hamilton; greatgrandchildren, Kylee, Ava, Christian and Aaron Blundell and Chloe Slaven. She is also survived by sisters, Debbie Valandingham, Pam Delape, and Faye Hall; and a brother, Rodney Bedford. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 28, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home, 980 N.W. Washington Blvd, Hamilton, with Wes Whitt officiating. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until time of service. Interment will be at Mill Springs National Cemetery, Nancy, KY, 45244 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 1:30. Online condolences are available at www.weigelfuneralhome.com. continued fromB1 SCOTTLIPPS The winner will be paid $65,5284 a year to represent the district in 2021, with an increase in 2022. Rosiello said shewas running to help end a “culture of corruption” in Columbus thatwas diverting attention from needs such as educationandhealth-care funding. “We should be making decisions about the pandemic. How are we going to handle unemployment?” she said. Lipps, chairman of the House Health Committee, saidhehadopposedthepowers thatwere in Ohio, including the election of House Speaker LarryHouseholder. Contrary to a recent media report, Lipps said he was not an “anti-vaxxer,” but supported the rights of employeeswhowere coerced to get flu vaccinations. “The right to employment should allowfor things such as medical exemptions or religious exemptions,” said Lipps. “My kids are all vaccinated and my grandkids are all vaccinated.” Heading into the home stretch of the election, Lipps said he held a fundraiser this week with the new House Speaker. In their June campaign expense filings, Lipps reported $ 9,172, Rosiello $4,014, on hand. Age: Hometown: Family: PoliticalParty: Political Experience: 63 Franklin Divorcedwith two daughters Republican 4th yearasStateRepresentative, four terms on Franklin City Council, two asmayor Bachelor’s fromCollege ofWooster, Master’s fromDePaulUniversity Business owner Education: CurrentEmployment: ERINROSIELLO Age: Hometown: PoliticalParty: Family: Political Experience: Education: 54 HamiltonTownship Democrat Divorcedwith daughter Ran for township trustee in2019 MuskingumCollege (also attendedMiami ofOhio) Lipps: CurrentEmployment: Unemployed, running campaign MILLER, David Charles be scared every day and they deserve to get tocomehome. Every profession has 2 or 3 percent that don’t deserve to be there. I’m not an industry expert. I would turn to my professionals. Chokeholds, that scares me. They would have to explain it. Tear gas for large crowd control. I’ve never been tear-gassed. That’s because I’m not out rioting. There’s a difference between rioting and protesting. I absolutely support additional training on recognizing implicit bias and deescalation and independent investigation of deaths in custody. All of us want to do better. All of us want to learn more. He would consider centralized reporting of use of force incidents if it was going to be used for good. I think we have to be cautious on increased transparency of police and disciplinary files. got to be some time limit. David Charles Miller, age 74, of West Chester, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at his home. He was born on September 25, 1945, in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Charles and Edna (Fisher) Miller. He graduated from Fairlawn High School in New Jersey and from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California and was employed by the U.S. Air Force as a Logistics and Maintenance Officer for 24 years, retiring in 1993. On June 15, 1968, he married Lois Ziegler and together they raised two children, Erica and Scott. David was a member of the Rotary Club of Beaver Creek, the Logistics Officers Association, the Miami Alumni Association and the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Surviving David are his wife, Lois Miller; two children, Erica Miller Huff and Scott (Cara) Miller; four grandchildren, Zachary Fields, Heather Huff, and Rylee and Logan Miller; one sister, Karen Miller; and many other loving relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held at Charles C. Young Funeral Home, 4032 Hamilton Cleves Road, Ross, OH on Sunday, September 27, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 4:00 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.charlesyoungfuneralhome.com Do you support or oppose removing the ‘ catch all’ language in Ohio’s childimmunization laws that allowparents to opt not to have their kids vaccinated for reasons of conscience? Rosiello: Q: I just really hate that medicine has been politicized. Ohio has already weakened our vaccination requirements. I have concerns about diseases coming back and I have concerns about what is going to happen with COVID. I think we need to be consistent across the board. It’s not about protecting one person, it’s about protecting the population as a whole. Given the pandemic and economic crisis, state tax revenues are tumbling and the upcoming budget is expected to be very challenging. Would you vote to increaseincome, salesand/ or business taxes to avoid drastic cuts to state programs? Why or why not? Rosiello: Q: The governor’s Strong Ohio gun reform package isn’t likely to pass this legislative session and will likely be reintroduced next session. Where do you stand on the basic elements of the package? Rosiello: Q: Lipps: I support the parents’ choice. Parents should have freedom of choice. REYNOLDS, Robin Marie Ohio has an inverted tax system. What we have done is provide tax cuts to the wealthy, the top 1%. There are a couple of loopholesthathavebeenvery helpful. LLCs pay zero percent taxonthe first$300,000 of income and then 3 percent after that. Whereas if I’m working at Procter& Gamble and I make $350,000, I pay 4.8 percent. The state has lost a lot of income. We’ve lost billions. As we start to address Ohio’s budget, we need to look at that. Trickle-down economics, it’s not working. Looking at all taxes, the lower middle class is paying 60 percent more of their income than ourwealthiest. It’s a very complex question. Wedon’tknowhow big the hole is yet. Ohio is sitting on a maxed-out rainy day fund. We have emergency funds available and revenues like gambling are setting record profits again. State programs should be cut. Some of our runaway spending. We’ve already lost a record number of businesses in Ohio. Added business taxeswould force more businesses out. I would say you do a blend of government spending reduction with the possibility of looking at a statewide sales tax increase. Loopholes should be addressed. Age 70, of Hamilton, passed away Sept. 13, 2020. Graveside ceremony at Rose Hill Mausoleum on Sept. 28 at 12:00 PM. Webb Noonan Kidd Funeral Home, Hamilton, OH. Ohio and other states sawsustained demonstrations this summer against racial injustice and police brutality. Protesters called for a slateof reforms. What do you think are themost important changes we should make? Rosiello: Q: SCHWARTZ, Gary James I was really excitedwe finally might have a little reform. It seemed like wewere getting support from the governor. I do think that has gone by the wayside. I grew up around guns. What I would like to see are universalbackgroundchecks, limits on high capacity magazines, red- flag laws ( that allow families and police to seek a court order to remove firearms fromthose deemed to be a danger to themselves or others) and some sort of licensing process. I’m not in favor of additional limitations on gun rights. I represent Warren County, especially the rural part. Guns, shooting and hunting are very popular. I don’t agree on the need for universal backgroundchecks or the proposed red-flag law. The FBI and DOJ are charging former Ohio House speaker Larry Householder and four othermen in a racketeering scheme that allegedly involved $ 60 million in bribes to elect Householder and pro- Householder lawmakers, make him speaker, pass House Bill 6 and defend the bailout bill from a referendum. Have you received campaigndonations orany support from Friends of LarryHouseholder, Larry Householder, Jeff Longstreth, Neil Clark, Juan Cepedes, MattBorges, Generation Now, FirstEnergy PAC, any other FirstEnergy sources? If so, have you or will you donate that money to charities? Rosiello: Q: Passed away on Monday, September 21, 2020. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020, from 11 am until 1 pm at the Rose Hill Funeral Home, Hamilton, OH. Overall I think there are some procedures that need to be reviewed. Chokeholds time and time again have shown they can be deadly. I do think there needs to be reform. I don’t think that needs to be completely defunding the police. There needs to be training, the more training the better, including on deescalating situations. There needs to be accountability. Right now there are no consequences. I’m a police supporter. Recently we’ve been using teargasonprotesterswhoare exercising their First Amendment rights. Sometimes you need to get a crowd under control. I also support independent investigations ofofficer-involved shootings and deaths in custody, centralized reporting to the state of use of force incidents. Across the country, you can have just one bad actor that crosses three or four states and they don’t know about it. The single most important thing, I think, we should do is respect law enforcement. They’ve dedicated their lives to serving our community. They deserve to go to work in a safe environment and not Lipps: Lipps: This Ifinddeeply disturbing. When I decided to run, I said that our representatives up in Columbus should represent the people that vote them into office. Little did I knowthatHouseholder would illustrate that case in point for me. Because we’ve had unchecked, oneparty rule for a really long time and a supermajority in the House and in the Senate and a Republican governor, some of the checks and balances are removed. We’ve had not one, but two, Republicanspeakers thathave been embroiled incriminalcorruption investigations in the last three years. That needs to be Do you support or oppose the state authority to issue public health orders to shut down businesses, schools and other activities during a pandemic? Rosiello: Q: Online Obituaries Yes, I believe in listening to science and the experts. I don’t think politicianshaveenoughknowledge and background to manage those things. I believe there are times emergency measures have to be made for the greater good. They have to have limitations. Iwant an elected official that we can hold accountable. There’s and more. Lipps: Lipps: Contact this reporterat 513-490-6140 oremail email@example.com. 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