Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Battle for District 3 seat focuses on job creation


Candidates talk economic issues

By Erica Solvig
Enquirer staff writer

The candidates who want to represent Ohio's 3rd congressional district promise to promote job growth here.

Republican Rep. Michael Turner is being challenged by Democrat Jane Mitakides for the seat he's had the last two years. The winner will represent parts of Warren and Montgomery counties as well as Clinton and Highland counties.

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"Everyone I speak to here, the focus is jobs," Mitakides said. "People want to talk about job creation. We haven't seen any incentive programs for that. In fact, this Congress still puts in place programs that reward, through tax breaks, companies that export jobs oversees rather than companies that create jobs here."

Unlike most areas of the state, Warren County's employment numbers have actually improved in recent years. The average annual employment that's covered by the Ohio Unemployment Compensation Law declined in 2000 and 2001 because of the recession, "but has been expanding ever since," according to Larry Less, a labor economist with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Mitakides says Congress needs to stop loopholes for what she calls "runaway headquarters." Her plan is to reinvest those dollars into companies that create jobs here.

Her campaign has described Turner as "a pioneer in outsourcing" for his record as Dayton mayor and then as a congressman in Washington.

But Turner says he encouraged neighborhood revitalization as mayor and as congressman, and voted for international corporate tax bills that include provisions to encourage job creation here. He's also on the Armed Services and Government Reform committees.

"My opponent doesn't quite understand how Congress works," Turner said. "These are not provisions that would result in jobs leaving this country. What I've done is trying to lower taxes, trying to lower the burden on businesses that are here making the United States a competitive area for people to bring jobs and to support jobs. That's the ... work that will make certain that we stem the tide of outsourcing and grow the local economy."

He points to his work with the Saving America's Cities initiative, which promotes economically thriving urban areas. Earlier this year, Turner introduced brownfields tax credit legislation so former commercial and industrial sites can be cleaned up and new businesses can be built.

"That's important for whole economic regions, because many of the people in Warren County will work either in the urban area of Dayton or the urban area of Cincinnati, and you want make certain you have thriving metropolitan areas or the jobs will be leaving Southwest Ohio," Turner said.

But Mitakides, a self-proclaimed "conservative Democrat," says Turner cares more about the GOP's agenda than representing the views of the 3rd District.

"There are so many issues that are neither Republican or Democrat but they're American issues," Mitakides said. "They're hiring a person to be their spokesman in Washington and take their concerns straight to the floor - and that's what I want to do."

Both candidates also want to see more funding for veterans, quality education programs and affordable prescriptions for senior citizens.

U.S. Congress, Ohio District 3

Michael Turner

Party: Republican.

Hometown: Centerville.

Age: 44.

Occupation: Incumbent congressman; lawyer before entering politics.

Experience: Two-term mayor of Dayton; elected to congress in 2002.

Education: Bachelor's degree from Ohio Northern University; MBA from the University of Dayton; a Juris Doctorate from Case Western University School of Law.

Personal: Wife, Lori; two daughters: Jessica and Carolyn.

Quote: "For families the important thing is, specifically on the tax side, increasing the child care tax credit, reducing the marriage penalty, working to eliminate the death tax and for our seniors, adding a prescription drug program to Medicare."

Jane Mitakides

Party: Democrat.

Hometown: Centerville.

Age: 55.

Occupation: Co-owner, Dental Recycling North America Inc., specializing in waste management for dental offices and schools.

Experience: First run at political office; has served on variety of boards, including St. Elizabeth Hospital development board, Women in Leadership and Women in Communications.

Education: Wright State University.

Personal: Husband, John; two children, Katie and Andrew.

Quote: "I believe in creating jobs here instead of sending them overseas, and protecting family farms. This Congress has wasted their opportunity to provide affordable health care and prescriptions, improve education and to fully fund veterans' services."

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E-mail esolvig@enquirer.com




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