Americans for Prosperity-Ohio launched an ad campaign Thursday in support of six Ohio state legislative candidates.
The ads will be running on Facebook and Google, said Nicole Tardif, communications director for AFP-Ohio. Each of the candidates has been identified through AFP’s support for smaller, less obtrusive government.
The candidates who won the group’s endorsement all support a free market and expanded educational opportunities for all Ohioans. They are Andrew Brenner, Mike Rasor, Jim Trakas, Tim Barhorst, Todd Smith and Kristina Roegner.
The ads will bolster AFP-Ohio’s ongoing grassroots efforts with canvassing and phone-banking. These efforts will be backed up by targeted direct-mail.
AFP-Ohio State Director Micah Derry said his organization will “pound the pavement” in support of these candidates:
AFP-Ohio is excited to announce the launch of its latest effort in support of Andrew Brenner, Mike Rasor, Jim Trakas, Tim Barhorst, Todd Smith, and Kristina Roegner’s campaigns for State House and State Senate. With November’s elections just a month away, we look forward to continuing to pound the pavement and urge Ohio voters to send these policy champions to Columbus.”
Below is a summary of each candidate’s qualifications:
- Andrew Brenner: Current member of the statehouse representing Ohio’s 67th district, Brenner has defended First Amendment rights and supported increased access to quality education. He is running to represent Ohio’s 19th State Senate district in November.
- Mike Rasor: Currently serves as at-large councilman in Stow and is running for Ohio’s 37th House District. He supports lower state income-tax rates, opposes corporate welfare, and wants to eliminate bureaucratic barriers.
- Jim Trakas: An Ohio businessman and former state representative running for Ohio’s 6th House District. He wants to eliminate bureaucratic waste and overhaul Obamacare.
- Tim Barhorst: A small-business owner and community leader in Westerville running for Ohio’s 19th House District. He supports the overhaul of Obamacare, opposes corporate welfare, and supports investing in quality education.
- Todd Smith: The current State Representative for Ohio’s 43rd House District, Smith sponsored HB720 requiring county sales tax increases to go before voters on the ballot. He also supports removing barriers to Ohio’s workforce and ending Ohio’s state-owned monopolies.
- Kristina Roegner: Current State Representative for Ohio’s 37th House District, Roegner introduced legislation to reduce barriers to the workforce in the beauty and construction industries. She also supported measures to make fuel taxes more transparent at the pump. She co-sponsored legislation to give disaster-relief responders more autonomy and less government intrusion in their work.
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Anthony Accardi is a writer and reporter for The Ohio Star.