Voters will be asked to select between incumbent Republican Jim Jordan, of Urbana, and Democrat Janet Garrett, of Oberlin, to represent the U.S. Congressional 4th District.
Education: Bachelor's degree from Kent State University, 1975; master's from Kent State University, 1980
Family: Husband, Mike Garrett; daughters Ariel, Natael and Mira
Job history: Volunteer with Peace Corps; special education, kindergarten and first-grade teacher for more than 35 years; president of teachers' union
Education: Bachelor's of science in economics, University of Wisconsin; master's of arts in education, Ohio State University; juris doctorate, Capital University Law School
Family: Wife, Polly; four children; two grandchildren
Job history: State representative, 1995 to 2000; state senator, 2001 to 2006; U.S. representative, 2007 to present
What makes you the best candidate for the position?
Garrett: Jim Jordan has been in office for 12 years with no legislative successes. On the executive council of my teachers union, I was at the negotiating table many times. When you work with people who disagree with you, you have to go in with what you want, but come back with what you can live with. You have to reach across the aisle and find compromise. Jim Jordan doesn't know how to do this - he's an extremist who shuts down the government. When I'm in Congress, I'll work with everybody to make the changes needed to help Ohioans.
Jordan: I am running for re-election to have another opportunity to stand up for the values of the people of Ohio's 4th District. When I first ran for office, a friend showed me a sign he keeps in his office. It was a set of letters that read: DWYSYWD. It stood for "Do what you said you would do." That is the rule I've tried to follow in the time I've had the honor to serve you in Congress. With your vote, I will continue fighting for lower taxes, a smaller more responsive government, a strong defense, a secure homeland, and a country that honors hard work and responsible behavior. I am excited about our country's future, but I know we cannot keep borrowing and spending taxpayer dollars like there's no tomorrow.
What is the biggest challenge facing the district and how would you address it?
Garrett: Health care is a right and as a government we must work toward providing higher-quality and more-affordable health care. I believe that we need Medicare for all. Health care costs are rising, while millions of Americans remain uninsured or underinsured. We have the highest health care costs in the world. With a single-payer system, we could bring down these costs, most of which are administrative. Studies have shown that it would cost us half of what we currently spend on health care. It is time for us to face this problem head-on and finally bring quality affordable health care to all Americans.
Jordan: Congress still spends way too much money. Despite our economic growth, and new money coming into the Treasury, we are still running huge deficits that burden our children and threaten to bankrupt the country. I will continue to push for the same fiscally conservative policies as always, including a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. With the growing economy, I believe we also need to reform the welfare system to encourage able-bodied individuals to rejoin the workforce. I have introduced legislation to make this happen. Finally, I believe our immigration system needs to be reformed with stronger border security, as well as a streamlined process for those who want to follow the law, learn the language and become Americans.