CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Ohioans voted dozens of statewide and local issues Tuesday. You can view all the results, including Cincinnati Mayor and Council, at this link.
Below is a quick guide to the races and issues on the ballot.
This is an initiative to repeal a section of the state constitution addressing the rights of crime victims and replace the section with a Marsy's Law, according to Ballotpedia.org.
According to The Courier in Findlay:
Proponents say a "yes" would would strengthen laws that have failed to fully protect the rights of crime victims. Opponents say implementing the new protections would be expensive. Click or tap here to read more about Issue 1.
VA Hospitals exist to take care of U.S. veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs gets to negotiate for cheaper drugs. Basically, it buys in bulk -- the department takes care of a lot of patients.
The pharmaceutical companies won't say exactly how much the VA gets taken off for the drugs, but a number that has been thrown around suggests the department gets about a 24 percent discount.
So should you vote "yes" on Issue 2? The state of Ohio runs a number of insurance plans itself (state employees, Medicaid, etc.). Proponents say the state could save money if it gets the same discount as the VA.
Should you vote "no" on Issue 2? Opponents of Issue 2 are being funded by major pharmaceutical companies. The problem is the unknowns. Will the drug companies negotiate with the state of Ohio? If they do negotiate, will they pass that cost on to those who have private insurance? Would they stop negotiating with the VA?
Click or tap here to read more about Issue 2.
The choices: Mayor John Cranley and Council member Yvette Simpson. They are both Democrats. The winner will earn a four-year term and a salary of about $130,000 a year.
Here's a look at Simpson's priorities, which are listed on her website:
- An improved transit system
- Develop system to better support small businesses
- Preserving historic city buildings
- Develop 21st century workforce
- Attract middle class jobs
- Safe future for young people
- Summer youth employment program
- Help families out of poverty
- Provide reliable housing people can afford
Here's a look at Cranley's priorities, as listed on his website:
- Safer communities
- Reducing gun violence
- Vibrant neighborhoods
- Access to healthcare
- Create public-private partnerships
- Transit plan that integrates buses, streetcar, taxis
- More road paving and maintenance, more firefighters
- Environmentally friendly city
- Fiscal responsibility
According to our partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer, it's been a decade since Cincinnati has seen so many council candidates. The Enquirer's guide can help you whittle the field down from 23 to nine. (The Enquirer also takes a stab at predicting which city officials might be gearing up for the 2021 mayoral race.)
This Ballotpedia link will show you who is endorsing who.
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