Stivers, Wagner vie for republican representative candidacy

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Robert Wagner is a trained optometrist and an Ohio State economic instructor who served in the Navy. According to federal elections records, his campaign has not received any PAC funding. Although, he has no previous political experience and he said he wants to bring a different approach to Washington politics.

“I’ve either studied, practiced or taught economics for the last 20+ years,” Wagner said. “So I think I have a unique professional experience to bring to Washington because we need professionals not politicians in Washington.”

Steve Stivers is a current state senator who served in the Middle East with the Army National Guard. His campaign has received numerous donations throughout the district including money from current representative Deborah Pryce. Stivers said he will be effective at breaking up partisan politics with his previous experience at the state level.

“I’ve only been doing that for about five years,” Stivers said.”But in that five years five years I’ve gotten about 12 pieces of legislation done and I’ve moved many other pieces of legislation through the process. So I know how to get things done.”

Both candidates have economic plans. Stivers’ 10- point economic plan that focuses on investments in energy independence and workforce development.

“We need workers that are ready for the jobs of the future,” Stivers said. “And that includes getting more students graduating high school, and more going to post-secondary education.”

Wagner said his main objective is to oppose what he calls socialist policies that he feels would be detrimental to the central Ohio economy.

“What I see is a socialist trend that is being sent to Washington,” Wagner said. “Hillary Clinton identifies the big drugs as the enemy. We have Cardinal Health here in Ohio. Big oil or big energy, we have Columbia Gas and AEP. She also criticizes the insurance industries. Basically Central Ohio is ground zero in Hillary Clinton’s war on the economy.”

While healthcare continues to be a major issue on the presidential campaign trail, the two republicans weighed in on the topic. Stivers said he would support a plan that requires healthcare. He said he would provide tax credits to make it affordable but would still support free market options. Wagner said he would support a similar healthcare plan but it would not be mandatory.