Friday, February 13, 2004

GOP foes debate issues



By Jennifer Edwards
The Cincinnati Enquirer

ANDERSON TWP. - Attorney Greg Delev is running against incumbent state Rep. Tom Brinkman of Mount Lookout in the March 2 primary for his 34th District seat, saying the second-term lawmaker isn't effective.

CANDIDATES
TOM BRINKMAN, JR.
Political party: Republican
Age: 46
Hometown: Mount Lookout
Employer: Curry Printing LLC
Education: Bachelor's degree in history and political science, George Washington University
Family: Wife, Cathy; six children
Experience: Beleaguered taxpayer who says he has experienced years of witnessing government waste on all levels; a founding member and current board member of Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST)
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GREG DELEV
Political party: Republican
Age: 42
Hometown: Anderson Township
Employer: Delev & Williams, LLC; emphasis civil and commercial litigation
Education: Bachelor's degree in political science, Ohio State University; law degree, University of Toledo College of Law
Family: Wife, Debbie; two children
Experience: Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General; former member of the Hamilton County Finance Committee, Hamilton County Mental Health Board and a former military policeman and infantry officer.
Web site
The two Republicans faced off Thursday morning before The Cincinnati Enquirer's editorial board and later in a debate before about 60 people at the Anderson Township Community Heritage Center

Delev maintains Brinkman isn't listened to as a conservative representative. Compromise and the ability to work with others is key for a state legislator, he said.

"It's not enough to vote no on everything," Delev said.

A printer by trade, Brinkman said he doesn't apologize for being independent on issues such as the death penalty (he opposes it). He also doesn't hesitate to criticize Gov. Bob Taft and President Bush.

"I am not going to stand by and talk nice and cute while Gov. Taft drives this state right off a cliff," Brinkman said Thursday.

Brinkman said he works with and listens to local government leaders by coming home each night from Columbus and regularly attending community council and township meetings.

He supports giving Anderson Township financing tools for demolition of parts of the Anderson Towne Center, formerly Beechmont Mall.

Brinkman said he is running again to restrict use of the "morning after" pill RU-486 and working to control spending and taxes. He calls for Ohio's tax system to be restructured, with big corporations paying more and limiting the power of labor unions.

"I was always taught you have to stand up for something or you fall to nothing," he said. "I am going to continue to do that and if I shake people up or get people mad, too bad. . . . I am not going to change."

Delev said a good legislator needs to be in Columbus building consensus for the overall good of the district.

He supports the death penalty, calls for getting government spending under control, determining state government's proper role, returning local education control to schools and giving Anderson Township the legislation to fix state-owned Beechmont Avenue.

"We need someone who will go up there and effectively present that without attacking everyone you don't agree with," Delev said.

A Democrat, Glen Miller of Anderson Township, has filed to run against the winner of the GOP primary in the Nov. 2 general election.

E-mail jedwards@enquirer.com.





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