Ohio Midterm Elections, Senate Edition: The Candidates & What They Stand For

With the Midterm elections rapidly approaching on Nov. 6 its important to not only vote in your local elections, but also research the candidates that will be representing you. For me, I will be voting in the Ohio midterm elections. As I understand that it can sometimes be a burden to research all the candidates and issues that will be on the ballot come Nov. 6, I decided to try to make it a little easier to find out who the different candidates were and what they consistently stand for.

First, I thought I would start with the U.S. Senate Ohio candidates.

Both the current Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D) and U.S. Representative Jim Renacci (R) will be vying for the position, and it’s important to know each candidates stance on varying topics when deciding who should get your prized vote come Nov. 6.

Below is an aggregated list of the key information to know before hitting the poles.

Edit: This list is meant as a start point for your research and is not a complete history of all issues a candidate campaigns on. Most of the key themes for the candidates is the information that I know I look for when choosing who I want to be representing me. 

Please do your own research. 


U.S. Senate, Ohio

Sherrod Brown, U.S. Senator Incumbent

Democratic Candidate

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Political office: U.S. Senate, Ohio (assumed office: 2007); Ohio’s 13th Congressional District (1993-2007); Ohio Secretary of State (1983-1991); Ohio House of Representatives (1975-1983)

Key Campaign themes:

  • Pro Affordable Healthcare Act: Brown helped pass the ACA and also fought for nearly two decades to establish parity for mental health coverage, which he helped codify as part of the ACA.
  • Advocate for LGBTQ+ persons: Pro-LGBTQ+,Opposed the Defense Of Marriage Act in the 1990s, combating Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination
  • Making college affordable: Championed efforts to protect students from predatory student loan providers, called for stronger protections against unfair and abusive lending practices and backed legislation to allow students and their families to refinance their existing student loan debt.
  • Advocating for the disabled community: Creating opportunities, education, and advocating for children with disabilities.
  • Making Social Security more accessible: Worked with R’s and D’s to decrease the backlog, and wait times for Social Security Disability Insurance.
  • Caring for veterans: Has helped secure the largest-ever increase in VA funding and has held the VA accountable for the disability claims backlog, long wait times, understaffing and inadequate care, helped pass the Female Veterans Suicide Prevention Act and the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act,  co-sponsoring the Wounded Warrior Employment Improvement Act, the VOW To Hire Heroes Act and an expansion of the Yellow Ribbon Program to provide veterans with job training and placement services, co-sponsored a law that permanently expanded GI Bill education benefits for post-9/11 veterans.
  • Combatting the Opioid Crisis: Providing people suffering from addiction and mental health issues with the tools to get their lives back on track, the INTERDICT Act which gives law enforcement the tools to intercept opioids and synthetics before they enter the U.S., the POWER Act which will give local law enforcement officers access to Fentanyl detection equipment.
  • Fighting for agricultural and rural communities: Advocating for farmers, Browns’ work has secured more than $150 million to advance critical rural development programs that support rural businesses, infrastructure projects and communities in Ohio.
  • Preserving the environment: Championed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to clean up and revitalize the Great Lakes, Clean energy, worked to protect drinking water and is a strong proponent of increasing funding to prevent, monitor and eliminate lead poisoning.
  • Supporting the African-American community: Defender of Black Lives Matter, helped confirm Judge Benita Y. Pearson, the first African-American woman ever to serve as a federal judge in Ohio.
  • Standing up for Civil Rights: Working to expand and protect the right to vote.
  • Protector of Women’s Rights: Pro-Choice, worked to maintain and expand access to affordable birth control and family planning services, strong supporter of the Violence Against Women Act, voting for its original passage and numerous re-authorizations.

Jim Renacci, U.S. Representative

Republican Candidate 

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Political Office: Ohio’s 16th Congressional District (assumed office: 2011); Mayor of Wadsworth (2004-2008); Wadsworth City Council (1999– 2003)

Key Campaign themes:

  • Pro-Life: Has proudly earned a 100% “Right to Life” voting record.
  • Anti-LGBTQ+: “I have always maintained my deeply held belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman, a position that reflects my deeply held Catholic faith.” – Jim Renaccipublished May 9, 2012, seen currently on his official website.
  • Wants a crack down on illegal immigration: Strongly opposes sanctuary cities, will focus on securing the border by working with Trump to advance the construction of a wall on the Mexican border, wants to institute a nationwide E-Verify system, supports a merit-based immigration system, co-sponsored and voted for Kate’s Law which increases penalties for undocumented immigrants who return to the U.S. after having been deported previously, co-sponsored and voted in support of the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, defended Trump’s “Shithole Countries” comment about immigration.
  • Defends Second Amendment: Endorsed by Ohioans for Concealed Carry and the NRA, has an A Rating from the NRA, co-sponsor of legislation to ensure the validity of any state-issued concealed carry license or permit in any other state that allows concealed carry.
  • Fights for non-ACA Healthcare: Wants to repeal and replace Obamacare, thinks that Medicaid expansion is financially unsustainable, wants to replace Obamacare with a patient-centric, market-based system driven by competition and defined by choice, affordability and access to quality care.
  • Endorsed by Trump: Said the White House called him shortly before he jumped into the Senate, urging him to run.
  • Campaigns for tax-cuts for the middle class: Fought for and helped craft tax reform legislation that will deliver tax-cuts to middle-income families and American businesses, stands with Trump to advance an “America First” agenda.
  • Defends fossil fuels along with alternative energy sources: Strong proponent of an “all of the above” approach that includes natural gas, clean coal and American-made oil, as well as alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, hydropower and nuclear.
  • Defends high Military budget: Opposed to cutting Defense budget, thinks that the United States must maintain its military readiness to secure peace through strength.
  • Wants loosened regulations on agruculture: Thinks that the agriculture industry is facing  overly burdensome regulations that are threatening our farmers’ ability to remain competitive and productive, wants to reduce Washington’s “red tape,” bring down the cost of fuel and keep taxes low.
  • Didn’t disclose political contributions while a registered lobbyist: Federal Election Commission reports show Renacci gave $26,875 in federal donations to other Republican candidates and party organizations that he didn’t disclose on lobbyist forms and $17,450 to his own campaign. (All federal contributions over $200, including to one’s own campaign, are required to be disclosed on the lobbyist disclosure form.)

Sources: 
https://ballotpedia.org/United_States_Senate_election_in_Ohio,_2018, https://ballotpedia.org/United_States_Senate_election_in_Ohio,_2018#cite_note-jimissues-7, https://renacci.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=ED2BB87B-1AAF-47B9-89E1-4652CD85A298, https://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2013/06/public_figures_from_ohio_speak.html, https://www.bustle.com/p/what-is-kates-law-the-immigration-legislation-could-alter-us-policy-67676, https://www.brown.senate.gov/issues, https://renacci.house.gov/index.cfm/issues?p=defense-national-security, https://renacci.house.gov/index.cfm/issues?p=energy-environment, https://twitter.com/jimrenacci?lang=en, https://twitter.com/SenSherrodBrown?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor, https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2142, https://www.brown.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/brown-to-introduce-bipartisan-bill-to-help-ohio-law-enforcement-detect-fentanyl-prevent-accidental-overdose, https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/2487/text, https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/203, https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/356, https://www.benefits.va.gov/vow/, https://renacci.house.gov/index.cfm/issues?p=agriculture, https://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2018/01/rep_jim_renacci_defends_contro.html, https://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2018/03/jim_renacci_didnt_disclose_pol.html, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/26/16883454/sherrod-brown-2018-ohio-senate-race-jim-renacci-explained

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