Ohio State House Election

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I recently attended a Braver Angels discussion between Ohio House candidates Joy Bennett and Adam Mathews in hopes of learning more about them beyond the recent headlines. I hope everyone there discovered that it’s possible to maintain civility in a passionate debate, and left inspired to elevate the conversation and seek understanding across different viewpoints.

Bennett articulated that she could find common ground with anyone, even the person who asked the most partisan “question” of the evening; this attitude is exactly why I support her candidacy. She also thoughtfully identified individual accountability as an ideal she finds admirable among Republicans. Mathews unfortunately seemed unwilling to admit he doesn’t know everything, diminishing our police chiefs’ valid concerns about the removal of concealed carry permit regulations and making misleading claims about SNAP benefit and public education funding regulations.

Bennett says it best: “An idea that solves the problem for me might make your life harder, so we must listen to each other.” If you want a representative who thinks critically, listens with care, and learns from our immeasurably diverse viewpoints, join me in electing Joy Bennett on Tuesday.

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