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Hudson — Hudson resident and attorney David Worhatch is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for Ohio 37th District State Representative in the May 6 primary election. No other Democrat filed.
The 37th District for the Ohio House of Representatives includes the cities of Hudson, Macedonia, Stow, and Twinsburg, the villages of Munroe Falls, Northfield, Reminderville, and Silver Lake, Northfield Center and Twinsburg Townships, and the 8th Ward of the city of Cuyahoga Falls, all in Summit County.
Worhatch is an employee rights attorney in his 35th year of practice since graduating from the Notre Dame Law School in 1979. His law office has been located in Stow since 1995.
Worhatch was elected in 1991 as a Hudson Township Trustee and became a member of the first City Council after the township and village merged in 1994. He ran unsuccessfully for the State House in 2000.
Worhatch said he made his decision to challenge incumbent State Rep. Kristina Roegner after reviewing her legislative record since she defeated the Democrat [for the then-42nd District] who held the seat until 2010. The present 37th District area was formed with the redistricting in 2012.
“I think Kristina’s record can be described mostly as counterproductive and divisive,” Worhatch said. “At a time when legislators should be working across party lines to find solutions that meet Ohio’s economic challenges, Kristina is advocating extreme policies that offer no chance for compromise or genuine legislative success, and our state’s economy has suffered because of it.”
Worhatch said policies have harmed Ohio families and done nothing to bring needed jobs to the state.
“The pendulum has swung in favor of the employer, and families suffer,” Worhatch said. “Employers don’t have to worry about any repercussions for wrongfully dismissing an employee.”
Employees become discouraged and move to another state, he said.
“We can’t attract people from elsewhere because our laws aren’t protecting the rights of individuals in the workplace,” Worhatch said. “That requires a climate in which workers feel loyalty and dedication to the respective employers.”
To grow the economy, the area needs good paying jobs, Worhatch said. Pittsburgh retrained steel workers for different types of industry. It made an investment in its workforce.
He also said her record displays a “callous disregard” for the needs of local communities and schools in the area.
“School funding has not been addressed and I’m dedicating myself to working out a comprehensive solution for this problem,” Worhatch said.
For more information, go to www.davidforohio.com
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THE CANDIDATE RESPONDS ... @hooverjo: Ohio is a resource-rich state that struggles to live up to its full potential under policies advocated by my incumbent opponent and others in the Republican Caucus. When will our state's most conservative citizens finally realize that their worn-out, ineffective economic policies espousing failed top-down approaches to the challenges of job retention and creation will NOT lift all boats or pull us up from a ranking that places us 47th in the nation in terms of job growth?
The blogger cannot deny the following reality ... Ohio's economic climate has NOT improved in spite of virtual Republican-only rule in the Governor's Mansion for 20 of the past 24 years and in the State Legislature for 22 of those same 24 years. It's time for a change!
How about this for a novel approach? Let's elect legislators of all political stripes who will assure that ALL Ohioans of goodwill can come together through their elected leaders to PUT PEOPLE FIRST.
Let this blogger wallow in the past ... I choose, instead, to focus my attention on making a difference in our future.
David Worhatch, Candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives, 37th District
“Employers don’t have to worry about any repercussions for wrongfully dismissing an employee.”
I would assume that, as an employee rights attorney, Mr. Worhatch knows this statement to be somewhat hyperbolic - otherwise he would have no client rights to defend and no income.
The reasons for Ohio's economic stagnation are precisely the policies Mr. Worhatch expouses - more government spending and intervention. Compromise -a race to the middle - has made Ohio a backwater, flyover state that can't even keep the United hub in Cleveland.