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  • U.S. Representative of the Ohio 16th District
    Communities represented include: Lawrence Township, Canal Fulton, Jackson Township, North Canton, western Lake Township, part of eastern Perry Township and a sliver of Canton and Canton Township, along with Wayne County, eastern Medina County, southwestern and southern Summit County, southwestern Portage County and most of western Cuyahoga County.
    Two-year term, beginning Jan. 3, 2013
    Elect one candidate
    Candidates on the ballot:
    • *Betty Sutton (Democrat)
    • *Jim Renacci (Republican)
    * denotes incumbent (Sutton currently represents Ohio’s 13th District; Renacci represents Ohio’s 16th District)
    Betty Sutton
    Date of Birth: July 31, 1963
    Address: Copley
    Campaign website: www.bettysuttonforcongress.com
    Family: Married; husband, Doug Corwon
    Education: Barberton High School, 1981; bachelor’s degree, Kent State University; juris doctor, University of Akron School of Law
    Job title and employer: Congresswoman for the 13th District, U.S. House of Representatives
    Public office experience: U.S. House of Representatives, 13th Congressional District, 2007-present; Ohio House of Representatives, 1993-2000; member-vice president, Summit County Council, 1991-1992; Barberton City Council, 1990-1991
    Other political or community activities: None.
    1. What do you believe will be the key issue facing your district over the next few years?
    Standing up for the middle class to create good jobs, ensure our workers and businesses have a level playing field to compete on, revitalize manufacturing and our local economy and protect and strengthen Medicare and Social Security.
    2. If elected, how will you address this issue?
    End tax breaks for millionaires and outsourcing corporations and put people back to work on critical infrastructure projects, pass my “Buy America” proposal to require American manufactured goods are used to rebuild and strengthen our economy and help small businesses access capital to create jobs.
    Jim Renacci
    Date of Birth: Dec. 3, 1958
    Address: Wadsworth
    Campaign website: www.renacciforcongress.com
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    Page 2 of 2 - Family: Married; wife, Tina; three children
    Education: Ringgold (Monongahela, Pa.) High School, 1976; Bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Job title and employer: Congressman for the 16th District, U.S. House of Representatives
    Public office experience: U.S. House of Representatives, 16th Congressional District, 2011-present; mayor, Wadsworth, 2004-2008; president, Wadsworth City Council, 1999-2002; Wadsworth Board of Zoning Appeals, 1993-1994
    Other political or community activities: None.
    1. What do you believe will be the key issue facing your district over the next few years?
    Working to repair our broken economy that has crippled our communities since 2009 has been and will remain my top priority for our district. While government cannot create the private sector jobs we need to get Americans back to work, government can and must help foster an environment in which small businesses can begin to grow again. With nearly 25 million Americans out of work or underemployed, the job crushing regulations, endless threats of tax increases and trillions in new deficit spending that have defined Washington since 2009 must come to an end. Having spent 30 years as a small business owner and having created over 1,500 jobs in Northeast Ohio, I’ve dedicated my life to helping grow our local economy and I remain fully committed to advancing the types of policies that will get Americans and Ohioans back to work.
    2. If elected, how will you address this issue?
    Having spent nearly my entire career as a small business owner, I’ve seen first hand the types of policies that help our economy expand and the types of policies that keep America’s workforce on the sidelines. Over 70 percent of the jobs in our district are created by small businesses in the private sector and any path forward out of this recession must be based around a strong, vibrant small business community. Part of the reason that our federal government is broken is that for far too long it’s been occupied by career politicians who believe that Washington can tax, spend and regulate its way out of the problems we face — and we simply cannot. Rather than implementing Washington-style policies on the rest of the country, we need to bring real world solutions to Washington. From simplifying the tax code to give job creators certainty, to demanding that Washington pass and live by a budget, to requiring that every new major regulation be evaluated for its impact on job creation, we can begin to force Washington to function in a way that will help rather than hinder economic growth. During my short few months as a member of the House of Representatives, I’ve sought to work with Republicans and Democrats to advance commonsense conservative policies that will strengthen our ailing economy — and that’s what I will continue to do if given the honor of serving a second term in the 16th District’s seat in Washington.

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