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“If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”
— John F. Kennedy
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Randi Clites, State House District 75

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Randi Clites

“Randi Clites is a proven leader and tireless advocate for access to quality healthcare and community services.

Driven to action by her son Colton, who was diagnosed at a young age first with a rare genetic bleeding disorder, then with leukemia, Randi has dedicated her life to giving back to the community that has given so much to her and her family. Randi has been a consistent volunteer at Akron Children’s Hospital where she has served on many committees, including: Parent Advisory Council, Family Centered Care, Ethics, Drug Safety, and many quality improvement projects. She has used her personal experiences to work on behalf of all of Ohio’s most vulnerable children through Ohio’s Title V program, BCMH; serving on the 2006 Legislative Task Force on the Future Funding of the BCMH program and currently serving as the Chair of the Parent Advisory Council. She has advocated on the national level when she represented Ohio through the Association of Maternal and Child Health Family Scholar Program and she recently won the Advocate of the Year award from the National Hemophilia Foundation.

Randi, her husband Matt, her son Colton, and their two dogs are lifelong residents of Portage County. Randi is currently the Associate Director of the Northern Ohio Hemophilia Foundation and serves as the Advocacy Coordinator for the Ohio Bleeding Disorders Council. In addition to her professional work, Randi has a long history of community involvement, which included volunteering as a Big Sister through Portage County Big Brothers and Sisters and many years as a softball coach for both Ravenna and Kent Parks and Recreation.

In the 1950’s, Randi’s father moved their family from West Virginia to Ravenna because there were more opportunities for work. As State Representative, Randi will fight to ensure that Ravenna, Portage County, and Ohio are full of those same opportunities her dad found decades ago.”

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Mike Kerrigan, County Commissioner

“Recognized as a local leader adept at building partnerships that achieve results for the community, Mike Kerrigan is running to retain his seat as County Commissioner where he began his service by appointment in January 2018. He respectfully asks the residents of Portage County for their vote and continues his pledge to apply his skills and experience to finding innovative solutions to the challenges facing our county.

After working various part-time jobs to help pay for college, and with the help of federal student aid, Mike received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a public policy focus from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Though his first foray into public service was during high school when he was a volunteer member of the Randolph Fire Department, while attending college Mike received his first political and public policy experiences through internships in then-Congressman Ted Strickland’s Capitol Hill office and with then-Virginia Governor Mark Warner’s Political Action Committee.

Following his graduation, Mike worked for three years in The Ohio State University’s Washington, D.C., Office of Federal Relations. As federal relations associate, Mike represented Ohio State’s interests in D.C., working with Members of Congress, their staffs, and other university and science industry representatives to build consensus and collaborate around shared priorities.

Mike later returned to Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer for then-Congresswoman Betty Sutton, serving first in her Washington, D.C., and then Akron office. Mike acted as the Congresswoman’s liaison to local, county, and state government agencies, as well as Northeast Ohio companies, community groups, and nonprofits. He was responsible for developing the district outreach and constituent services plan, and managed the Congresswoman’s schedule, balanced the office budget, and oversaw spending.

In addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree, Mike holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Kent State University and is a life member of the Kent State University Alumni Association. He is the recipient of a Certificate in Town & Gown Relations from the International Town & Gown Association.

Born and raised in Randolph, Mike is a proud graduate of Waterloo High School. He currently resides in Rootstown with his wife, Heather, daughter, Maddie, and yellow lab, Miley."

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Lis Regula, County Auditor

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Father, scientist, teacher, gardener, public servant.

Lis Kenneth Regula decided to run for Portage County Auditor for two reasons:

  1. He cares about public service.
  2. He has the skills for the job.

As a science professor at University of Akron, Lis has the statistics, data, and analytic background to succeed as auditor. From professor to auditor, the common thread is serving the public. Teaching offers an important public service, and so does managing our county’s finances.

Lis also founded his own business, worked for NASA as a private contractor, and spent over seven years serving on nonprofit boards. Now he wants to serve our community by making sure that the people of Portage County get what they pay for.

Originally from rural western Ohio, Lis grew up the son of a small businessman. He’s a first-generation college student, a homeowner, and father of a 12-year-old son.

In his spare time, Lis enjoys gardening, cooking, and bike riding with his son. To share his passion for gardening, he co-founded a nonprofit, Edible Kent, which plants food in public areas for anyone’s use. His hobbies also include beekeeping and woodworking.

 

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Vicki Kline, County Commissioner

“Resume: Certified public accountant, personal financial specialist and a maters degree of business administration from Kent State. She is currently self-employed as a certified financial planner.

Bio: Kline has lived in Portage County her entire life and currently resides in Franklin Township. She raised her fiver children, now grown, as a single mother while holding jobs waitressing, washing dishes and as an administrative assistant while completing her degrees at Kent State.

Where Kline stands on the issues:

County Budget

“I’m going to visit these department heads, see what their services are, what the cost is, do some cost benefit analysis. I used to do this when I was an account manager.”

Jobs

“I think we obviously need to create more jobs for younger people to want to stay here. It has to be attractive for them to stay here, they have to be able to make a living, support families and so far I don’t think we’ve done a good job at that and I’m hoping to change it,”

Concerning College Students

Kline believes Ohio and specifically Portage County is falling victim to the “brain drain”. Many college students graduate from Kent State and find jobs out of Portage County and out of state. She said college students are a big asset and it is important to keep them here in Ohio.”


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Tim Ryan, US House District 13

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Tim Ryan is a tireless advocate for working families in Ohio’s 13th District. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, he is currently serving in his eighth term.

Tim’s primary focus is on improving the economy and quality-of-life in Ohio. He works closely with local officials and community leaders to enhance economic competitiveness and help attract high-quality, high-paying jobs.

Tim is a dynamic leader known for challenging both parties to rebuild the middle class. He is a champion of efforts to make college more affordable, revitalize America’s cities and improve the health and well-being of American families and children. Tim’s vision for a stronger economy and his work on these and other issues has garnered national attention.

He is the author of A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit and The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm.

Congressman Ryan is a member of House Appropriations Committee that controls the expenditure of funds by the federal government.

Tim serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus and is a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic. Through these partnerships, Tim has introduced, cosponsored, and championed bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis.

Ryan serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus and is a leading voice fighting to strengthen America’s manufacturing base and reform U.S. trade policies. The Caucus examines and promotes policies to help American manufacturers find trained, educated workers, to lead the world in developing new industrial technologies, to operate on a level playing field with foreign competitors, and to obtain the capital they need to thrive. Ryan is the leading advocate in the House to impose sanctions on unfair currency manipulation by foreign countries.

Before his election to Congress, Ryan served in the Ohio State Senate, as President of the Trumbull County Young Democrats and as Chairman of the Earning by Learning program in Warren, Ohio. He began his career in politics as a Congressional aide in 1995.

Ryan has a law degree from the University Of New Hampshire School Of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center). He studied abroad as part of the Dickinson School of Law’s International Law Program. He received a BA in Political Science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Born July 16, 1973 in Niles, Ohio, Tim Ryan currently resides in Howland with his wife Andrea and three children.”

 

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