Ohio, land of the Buckeyes…. It’s your turn to take a stand. Your Congressional primary elections are on May 8th, and your Congressional general elections are on November 6, 2018.
Voting in Ohio
Ohio has an open primary, which means you get to select whichever party you would prefer to vote for, and then vote for whichever candidate you want to run for the general election in November. You don’t have to be registered with a specific party in order to vote. A really easy pick, vote, rinse, repeat. A cool thing about Ohio’s primaries is that the political party picks whichever candidate has the most votes at the end of the day, regardless of whether or not they won a majority.
During this election, you’ll be voting for a U.S. senator, U.S. representatives, govenor, other state executives, state senate, state house, state supreme court, intermediate appellate courts, local judges, municipal government, and ballot measures. But that’s not all! District 12, you have a special election coming up in August. Check your district here.
Here’s our pick for the Senate: Sherrod Brown
- United States House of Representatives, District 13, 1993-2006
- Ohio Secretary of State, 1982-1990
- Representative, Ohio State House of Representatives, 1975-1982
- He’s also a member of several Senate committees, three of which are notable for sustainable energy:
- Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Member
- Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops, Member
- Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy, Member
Sherrod seems to really like wind energy. He believes that the future for jobs and the economy comes from sustainable energy initiatives, and he even championed a bill that secured $50 billion in funds for wind energy projects in Lake Erie, which will directly affect sustainable energy initiatives in Ohio. He also supports a revolving loan fund that will support automobile suppliers and manufacturers to turn to green energy initiatives. He also believes in tax credits for manufacturers who use sustainable energy initiatives. Sherrod believes that government regulation is necessary to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Other Senator Candidates:
- Melissa Ackison (R)
- Don Eckhart (R)
- Mike Gibbons (R)
- Dan Kiley (R)
- Timothy Pinion (R/Write-In)
- Jim Renacci (R)
- Philena Irene Farley (Green/Write-In)
In the U.S. House of Representatives
Find your district here.
Our recommendation: Steve Chabot – (Campaign Site)
- Incumbent (2010-present)
- Commissioner, Hamilton County Commission, 1990-1994
- Member, Cincinnati City Council, 1985-1990
Chabot believes in exploring sustainable energy options for the sake of the economy, but also supports the Keystone XL Pipeline and fossil fuels production. Where he thinks that exploring sustainable energy is necessary, he does not believe in government help or intervention at all and believes it should be done through the public.
Here’s who else is running for District 1:
Nothing super amazing here. Steve Chabot is open to sustainable energy but doesn’t believe that the government should be taking any steps to promote sustainable energy or curb greenhouse gas emissions. This is a district I would suggest looking at the candidate’s other stances on other issues important to you and vote accordingly.
Our recommendation: Jill Schiller
- Non-Profit Group Consultant, Ex-Obama White House Aide & Attorney
Jill Schiller is an ex-White House aide from the Obama administration, where she worked on a budgeting committee, so it’s safe to say she knows how to deal with Washington. Her stance of sustainable energy is tied up in the economy: She wishes to see Ohio take advantage of wind and hydro energy to create jobs and bring the economy back. We like the double-dipping. She understands the importance of partnering not just with the federal government, but local and state governments as well.
Other District 2 Candidates:
Our recommendation: Joyce Beatty – (Campaign Site)
- Regional Whip, Incumbent (2012-present)
- Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
- Assistant Minority Leader, Ohio State House of Representatives, 2007-2009
- Representative, Ohio State House of Representatives, District 27, 1999-2008
- Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 3, 2012-present
Joyce has been an advocate for renewable energy since she became a Representative in 2012. She believes that the government should impose limits on greenhouse gas emissions, opposes the Keystone XL Pipeline, and supports implementing sustainable energy into Ohio’s economy. She serves on several committees in the House, and is also the regional Whip (this means that she has a better chance of influencing her peers and fellow Representatives from Ohio to support sustainable energy practices, which is a really good thing because there are some really un-sustainably inclined politicians currently serving for Ohio right now).
Other District 3 Candidates:
- Jim Burgess (R)
- Abdulkadir Haji (R)
- David Lowry (Libertarian)
Our recommendation: Janet Garrett
Janet is a retired teacher and was head of the local teachers union in Ohio. She supports sustainable energy initiatives in big industry and would like to see corporations move towards sustainability through government regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. She acknowledges that greenhouse gas emissions have disrupted agriculture practices, which is a huge part of Ohio’s economy, and that by reducing these emissions, agriculture will begin to expand and thrive again.
Other District 4 Candidates:
Our recommendation: J. Michael Galbraith
- Financial Advisor & College Instructor
Galbraith is a firm supporter of government incentives to move from a dependency on fossil fuel to expanding and using sustainable energy initiatives. He understands that America is far behind a lot of the rest of the world in terms of transitioning to sustainable energy sources. Individual–as well as federal–help is needed if we want to transition to sustainable energy, and Galbraith understands that.
Other District 5 Candidates:
Our recommendation: Bill Johnson
- Incumbent since 2011
- Chief Information Officer, 2006-2010
- Founder, J2 Business Solutions, Incorporated, 2003-2006
- Co-Founder, Johnson-Schley Management Group, Incorporated, 2003
- Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force, 1973-1999
Bill Johnson is a believer in an all-of-the-above approach to sustainable energy, meaning he’s not opposed to sustainable energy or the expansion of sustainable energy, or expansion of nonrenewable sources. He also does not support any sort of government regulation for greenhouse gas emissions or a reduction of fossil fuel consumption, which are key factors in preserving our environment and planet. His stance on sustainable energy is not very strong but is the only candidate for the district with a platform explaining any stance on sustainability.
This would be a district where we recommend looking further into important issues and voting according to conscience that way.
Other District 6 Candidates:
Our recommendation: Ken Harbaugh
- President/Chief Operating Officer, Team Rubicon Global, Limited, 2015-2017
- Chief Operations Officer, Team Rubicon, 2013-2015
- Executive Director, ServiceNation, 2012-2013
- Consultant, McKinsey & Company, 2010-2012
- Executive Director, The Mission Continues, 2007-2010
- Pilot, United States Navy, 1996-2005
Although there is little about Ken Harbaugh’s stance on sustainable energy on his website, we found a blog that detailed his response to the question of sustainable energy in a city hall meeting. He believes in progressing sustainable energy initiatives and believes that bringing solar and hydro energy to District 7 to replace the dying coal and limited coal industry. Ken Harbaugh is our pick for District 7.
Other District 7 Candidates
Our recommendation: Vanessa Enoch
- Management Consultant & Non-Profit Group Executive
Vanessa is hands down our pick for District 8. Vanessa thinks that the best way to introduce sustainable energy into Ohio is to leave the dying and dirty coal industry and replacing it with renewable energy outlets. This is a long and hard process, and she proposes training initiatives and tax breaks for companies intent on making the switch and hiring people to work with sustainable energy. According to her website, “Economic growth has to be rooted in practical solutions for solving tomorrow’s problems, rather than looking back nostalgically at the glory days of old. We won’t accomplish anything by going back in time to rotary dial phones in phone booths and black and white televisions. We must generate employment opportunities in areas that are in demand now, and that will be in demand in the future.” She plans on making this a possibility by introducing renewable energy sources to Ohio.
Other District 8 Candidates:
- Warren Davidson (R)* – (Campaign Site)
- Bill Ebben (D)
- Matthew Guyette (D)
- Ted Jones (D)
- Stephen Shaw (D)
Our recommendation: Marcy Kaptur – (Campaign Site)
- Incumbent since 1982
- Assistant Director, Urban Affairs, The White House, 1977-1979
- Director of Planning, National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs, 1975-1977
- Urban Planner, Plan Commissions, Toledo-Lucas County, 1969-1975
Marcy is a great pick for District, 9. As an incumbent, she has done a lot for Ohio’s sustainable energy initiatives. Here’s what she’s got so far:
- Helped forge the public-private partnerships that are building a vibrant alternative energy sector in northern Ohio
- Secured the federal funding to build the largest solar field in Ohio at the 180th Fighter Wing base in Toledo
- Alternative energy enhancements at the Camp Perry National Guard base in Ottawa County
- An energy cooperative in Lorain County
- Wind power pilot project in Cuyahoga County
- A solar field to power the central pylon for the Veterans Glass City Skyway bridge over the Maumee River
Not only has she moved jobs into Ohio, she’s done it with renewable energy sources. She’s been actively moving the industry into Ohio while also keeping renewable energy at the forefront of those initiatives. According to her webpage, she also has the expertise and the drive to protect the Great Lakes: “Appropriations Committee to move forward our shared challenge to preserve and protect the Great Lakes, one of America’s most important natural resources. Marcy is the Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, where she brings Republicans and Democrats together to defend vital programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and other conservation efforts that invest in Lake Erie.” We definitely suggest Marcy for the representative of District 9.
Other District 9 Candidates:
- Josh Garcia (D)
- Keith Colton (R)
- W. Benjamin Franklin (R)
- Steve Kraus (R)
- McKenzie Levindofske (Independent)
Our recommendation: Michael Milisits
- Carpet Store Manager
- Sanders Campaign Activist
Michael Milisits is a supporter of green energy and believes in the impact that burning fossil fuels has on climate change and the environment. Although inexperienced in government, his platform is sustainable. There is not a lot of information about his sustainable energy platform, but this is the best candidate for the district.
This is another district we would recommend voting according to other important issues.
Other District 10 Candidates:
- Mike Turner (R)* Incumbent
- John Anderson (R)
- John Mitchel (R)
- Theresa Gasper (D)
- Robert Klepinger (D)
- Michael Little (Independent)
Our recommendation: Marcia Fudge – (Campaign Site)
- Incumbent since 2008
- Deputy County Auditor, Estate Tax Department
- Director, Personal Property Tax Department
- Chief of Staff, United States Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, 1998-2000
According to Marcia’s Political Courage results, she supports the government regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, promoting sustainable level at the federal level, and does not support building the Keystone XL Pipeline. However, there’s isn’t much to say about her stance from her website. Her voting records show that she supports the regulating coal and bringing sustainable energy to Ohio. This is an important step for Ohio, as introducing sustainable energy in the place of coal is an important first step towards sustainability.
Other District 11 Candidates:
District 12 – Special Election – 2018:
District 12, you have one special election to worry about on August 7, 2018. Since your representative Patrick Tiberi resigned before his term was up, you have to vote for a new representative to finish his four months left in office. The primary for this candidate is also on May 8, 2018, but remember, you have to vote again on August 7th if you live in District 12, and again on November 6, 2018, for the general election. A smart thing to do would be to vote for whoever you would want to fill that seat come November, and then your candidate has 2 years plus 4 months to preserve the environment in Congress.
Primary: May 8, 2018 – Special General: August 7, 2018
Our recommendation: John Russell
- Farmer & ’16 State Rep. Nominee
John Russell has all the things we like to see in a candidate. He’s a strong believer in curbing greenhouse gas emissions through regulation, he’s a farmer, so he’s in tune with how to change the predominantly agricultural communities of Ohio towards renewable energy sources, and he’s about building the economy up through green energy. According to his website, “We can also combine our efforts to combat climate change and create jobs domestically. We can be a district that produces solar panels, wind turbines, and electric vehicles. By doing so, we will reduce the demand for natural gas and be able to close fracking injection sites that have caused environmental disasters across the state and country. ” Russell not only wants to bring sustainable energy to Ohio, he wants to create jobs and lessen the environmental impact that oil, coal, and other fossil fuels have on communities and the environment. As a small business owner, he’s capable of understanding how to change and grow a community, and can apply this knowledge towards green energy initiatives in District 12.
If Russell is elected, that means that he will be in office for an extra 4 months! That’s a huge deal in the House of Representatives, and could have a pretty big impact in the sustainable energy front, depending on the type of bills introduced into Congress at the time. We recommend Russell for the job.
Other District 12 Candidates:
- Pat Tiberi (R)* – Resigned January 15, 2018.
- John Adams (R)
- Kevin Bacon (R)
- Troy Balderson (R)
- Gary Chiero (R)
- Lawrence Cohen (R)
- Jon Halverstadt (R)
- Tim Kane (R)
- Melanie Leneghan (R)
- Pat Manley (R)
- Carol O’Brien (R)
- Myrl “Mick” Shoemaker Jr (R)
- Ed Albertson (D)
- Danny O’Connor (D)
- Jackie Patton (D)
- John Peters (D)
- John Ru
- Zach Scott (D)
- Doug Wilson (D)
- Joe Manchik (Green)
- Jonathan Veley (Libertarian)
Our recommendation: Tim Ryan – (Campaign Site)
- Incumbent since 2002
- Senator, Ohio State Senate, 2000-2002
Tim Ryan has got a head start on Ohio’s economic prosperity. By using climate change to incentivize the communities of Ohio to turn to renewable energy, he plans on bringing jobs and economic growth back to the Midwest. He believes that clean air and water aren’t issues that should be fought over party lines in Congress, and should instead be taken seriously by every citizen, as greenhouse gas emissions are a threat to our planet and future. Here’s a few things that he’s done since being in Office:
- In 2015, Tim worked with the Port of Cleveland and a bipartisan group of Ohio representatives to support a plan that ends sediment dumping in Lake Erie. This common sense plan ensures clean drinking water for 40 million people while preserving the over 18,000 jobs tied to the Port of Cleveland and the Cuyahoga river channel.
- As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Tim has supported investments in green jobs and opposed cuts that would endanger Ohio’s environment and clean-energy economy.
Working across the aisle, Tim and fellow Ohio Representatives passed legislation strengthening the federal government’s response to toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie. This legislation was signed into law as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016 (Source).
If you think that’s helpful, then you can expect a lot more out of Tim Ryan. He’s our pick for
Other District 13 Candidates:
Our recommendation: Betsy Rader
- 2007 Russell Town Trustee Candidate
- 2004 County Judge Candidate
Betsy is a great candidate because she has lots of environmental issues on her platform and gives attention to many things that concern sustainability. To start, she vows to keep air, water, and green spaces protected. Her campaign emphasizes the significance of drinking water quality for the Great Lakes region, and supports funding to protect and expand water infrastructure to maintain clean water. Since District 14 shares a border with Lake Erie, it’s likely that this is where you get your drinking water, and why keeping the lake clean should matter to you.
She then addresses America’s energy needs and goals by proposing solutions that focus on sustainable, clean energy. Her approach to green energy is tied to her goals of improving the economy by bringing jobs to Ohio through investments of developing clean energy. Betsy notes offshore wind energy as a renewable source that could be the most useful for your district.
Betsy also thinks that the EPA has gone a little off-rails with enforcing eco-friendly policies (such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, etc) and supports bringing the significance of such acts back into enforcement. (Because remember, laws don’t really mean much if nobody is being held accountable here.)
Lastly, Betsy has already lead a green initiative right in Ohio. She serves on the board of Geauga Park Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving green spaces, developing parks, and educating people about the environment. We like that she’s already proven some commitment to your community in the sustainability department (Source).
Other District 14 Candidates:
- Dave Joyce (R)* – (Campaign Site) – Joyce is another decent option. Although he has an “all of the above” energy platform (renewable and nonrenewable), he is also big on protecting the Great Lakes, and has proven it. He’s participated legislation that funds initiatives to protect the regions and its ecosystems, along with a number of restoration projects, and aiding with issues caused by invasive species. Note that he does support the Keystone XL pipeline and funding the development of renewable energy, and is against federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions (Source).
Our recommendation: Rick Neal
- International Aid worker
- Peace Corp Veteran
- M.A. in Public Health
Rick Neal is passionate about tying sustainable energy into transportation and jobs in Ohio. He sees the potential in rural Ohio to create a booming renewable energy market, and he wants to capitalize on it. His statement for renewable energy goes something like this, “We can… work to make our communities cleaner and environmentally friendly. Instead of destroying our public lands by extracting questionable coal and oil reserves, we can help make Ohio a manufacturing center for solar panels and wind turbines. The transition to a clean energy future will take work, but will increase the economic opportunities available to our children and protect the environment for generations.” Rick Neal is dedicated to the challenge of switching off of fossil fuels and heading towards a greener living space.
Other District 15 Candidates
Our recommendation: Grant Goodrich
- Sustainable energy advocate
Here’s a list of Grant’s activities and roles in the sustainable energy sector:
- Director, Great Lakes Energy Institute, Case Western Reserve University, 2017-present
- Owner, Fixler Fields Farm, present
- Associate Director, Great Lakes Energy Institute, Case Western Reserve University, 2016-2017
- Partner, Engagement and Strategic Projects, Team NEO, 2015-2016
- Interim Chief Executive Officer, Team NEO, 2014-2015
- Field Organizer, Campaign to Keep Cleveland Strong, 2014
- Regional Strategy Implementation Director, The Fund for Our Economic Future, 2014
- Adjunct Lecturer, Columbia University School of Continuing Education at New York City, 2012
- Assistant Director, International Accounts and Operations, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, 2010-2012
- Assistant Director, Project Management and Compliance, The Earth Institute, Columbia University at New York City, 2010-2011
- Program Manager, Urban Design Lab, The Earth Institute, 2009-2010
- Future Operations Planner, United States European Command, 2006-2008
- Served, United States Marine Corps, 1995-2006
- Assistant Desk Officer, Partnership for Peace, United States European Command, 1994
If Grant’s CV doesn’t speak for itself, then let’s give a little run down. Grant Goodrich is all about protecting the Great Lakes. He’s the director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute which is dedicated to finding and funding sustainable and renewable energy resources. His career has been dedicated to producing renewable energy initiatives that are stronger, better, and more attainable than fossil fuels. Grant is dedicated to the fight for renewable energy, believes strongly in regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and eradicating. He’s been taken notice of by NASA and worked for the Earth Institute from Columbia University. Grant uses a scientific approach to make sustainable energy achievable economically and fiscally for the government, corporations, and everyday Americans. We definitely support Grant Goodrich, and even if he doesn’t make it to office, he should be someone on your green radar.