Saturday, October 9, 2004

Same goals but different paths

Candidates cite jobs, health care

By Liz Oakes
Enquirer staff writer

Despite their political differences, state Senate candidates Patricia Clancy and Jeannette Harrison agree that jobs, education and health care are critical issues.

• Residence: Colerain Township.
• Age: 52.
• Occupation: Legislator.
• Experience: Eighth year as state representative, fourth as majority floor leader. Past Colerain Township trustee.
• Education: Bachelor's degree in secondary education, University of Cincinnati.
• Personal: Single, no children.

• Hometown: Springfield Township.
• Age: 63.
• Occupation: Realtor.
• Experience: Precinct executive, Springfield Township; executive committee, Hamilton County; Hamilton County Democratic Forum; business owner.
• Education: Attended University of Cincinnati.
• Personal: Husband Rodney; two children.
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The rivals in the 8th District Senate race have faced off twice before, in 2000 and 1998, when Clancy represented Ohio's 35th House District.

"When I go out to speak with people, the concerns are schools, health and jobs," said Harrison, a Democrat.

"A lot of our young people want to go back to school, but can't afford it because (college) tuition rates have gone up," she said.

Clancy, a Republican who co-sponsored legislation that led to the school district "report cards," says accountability needs to be stressed.

"We have to make sure our schools are good, and make sure (students) are graduating," the Colerain Township resident said.

But "what Ohio needs more than anything else is jobs," said Clancy, the majority floor leader in the House for four years. Specifically, more high-tech manufacturing jobs, according to Clancy, 52.

One way to do that, the four-term legislator says, is a tax overhaul.

Harrison, 63, wants more breaks for smaller firms.

"We have to take away some of the tax incentives we've been giving to the big companies and give some to the smaller companies," she said. "A lot of the smaller companies are hurting."

On health care, Clancy said she hopes to tackle lawsuit reform to address double-digit health-care inflation. Medicaid is "one of the major drivers of our state budget," she said.

Harrison worries people are falling through the cracks. "When you see people going out to have fund-raisers, trying to raise money to have procedures done - this should not be in America," she said.

"Our insurance companies have too much control of our health. We need to put more control back to doctors and patients," Harrison said.

The 8th District covers much of the West Side, stretching east to include Sycamore Township, Blue Ash and Montgomery.

Clancy cannot serve in the House after this year because of term limits.

She is seeking the seat of another term-limited Colerain Township Republican, state Sen. Louis Blessing, who is running for Clancy's 29th District seat.


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