David has lived and worked in this district for nearly his entire adult life. David’s past personal experience and background have helped shape his approach to life and the challenges that life brings. This subsequent results-driven approach has grown and developed through the years. Raised to give back to his community as well as learning the value of hard work is attributed to his parents. His father worked for over 30 years as a union member making car tires at Firestone. His father’s hard work to provide for his family instilled in David the importance of hard work. Growing up, David and his family frequently volunteered in projects that served their community. Some of the volunteer activities that David participated in was helping in a soup kitchen, providing activities in nursing homes, doing yard work for shut-in’s, volunteer services at addiction centers and safe facilities for battered women. A lifetime of utilizing a results-driven approach is far more important than a “political pedigree”.
David, in his adult life, volunteered and later severed several years on the Board of Project OpenHand Columbus (POHC). POHC provides meals, nutritional counselling, and a food pantry for men, women and children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. In the early 2000’s, the recession began to take its toll on grants and corporate funding. Under David’s leadership as Board Chair, he led the successful merger of POHC with LifeCare Alliance. This merger enhanced the services available to clients of POHC. David continued his dedicated service to POHC by serving several years on the Board of LifeCare Alliance. His volunteerism did not stop with POHC. For multiple years, David helped coordinate the Adopt-A-Family Holiday program with the Family AIDS Clinic and Education Services (FACES) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
The majority of David’s career was at The Ohio State University. He was a Human Resources Manager in the Department of Recreational Sports. While there, he experienced tremendous personnel growth. His department moved from the old Larkins Hall to the expansive RPAC after the construction was completed. By the time David left the Department of Recreational Sports, the number of staffed quadrupled compared to the handful of staff in Larkins Hall. Two presidents of The Ohio State University recognized David’s leadership skills and his willingness to attack difficult situations. Both President Jennings and President Gee appointed David to the University Staff Advisory Committee. After leaving the University, David assumed the position of the Human Resources Director at the Industrial Commission of Ohio. Through his leadership as the Director at the Industrial Commission, there was a 95% reduction in grievances. Currently, David is a small business owner. He is a franchise owner of a travel agency. This new venture in his life has exposed him to the true challenges and struggles of starting a business as well as the day-to-day running of that small business.
The following are several topics of interest that David he will address once elected. He expresses his personal opinion and explains how he will address each one.
Opioid Addiction and a Path to Treatment
I am gravely concerned that drug overdose deaths are soaring to unprecedented numbers. Addicts commit serious crimes against their families and communities to pay for their habit. In Ohio, 15 addicts overdose and die every day. This crisis of epic proportions will be a priority of mine once I am serving as a State Representative in the following ways:
- I will introduce legislation to expedite the approval process and expansion of addiction treatment programs and beds
- I will introduce legislation to enhance the Ohio Physician Loan Repayment (forgiveness) Program to include Mental Health professionals and Addiction professionals.
- I will support the creation of a stakeholder’s task force to develop a comprehensive, statewide drug prevention curriculum for schools, businesses, parents, and places of worship that can be adapted to their specific needs
- I will support a statewide stakeholder’s task force to help every county adapt a program like the Franklin County Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education (HOPE) Taskforce.
Acting with Civility and Respect
I believe the caustic political environment on both sides of the aisle and even within the political parties must change. I pledge to follow the example set by our Congressional Representatives, Joyce Beatty (D-OH-03) and Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) who formed the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus. This informal caucus encourages all members of Congress to act with civility and respect in their political discourse and promote the use of a respectful dialogue on tough issues.
Creating a Better Economic Climate and Making it Easier to do Business
As a small business owner myself, I have practical experience dealing with the challenges and struggles of starting and running a small business. I will fight against unnecessary rules and regulations that stifle many upstart companies.
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