Member of congress for Wooster Ohio (The 16th congressional District) is Mr. Anthony Gonzales. This is his first term serving in Congress. Anthony Gonzales defeated Christina Hagan and Michael Grusenmeyer in the republican primary elections with 53.1% votes second only to Christina Hagan who had 40.8% votes. In this category Gonzalez has safe seats since he has over 12% votes compared to his closest rival. Susan Moran Palmer on the other hand won the democratic Primary at 34% votes. Her closest competitors were Grant Goodrich at 28.1% and TJ Mulloy at 15.5%. she does not possess safe seats in this category as the opponents were competitive. Anthony Gonzalez won the general election against Palmer with 56.7% votes thereby making it safe to conclude that he has a safe seat in the legislation.
Mr. Gonzalez serves on the house committees on financial services, science, space and technology. According to the information on the website, he does not appear to be a member of any caucus. With regard to the issues on jobs and the economy, Gonzalez supported the signing of an executive order to boost the use of American projects. One of these projects is with regards to steel in federally funded infrastructure projects. This should in essence boost the economy by increasing employment and allowing more money to flow into the economy with increased wages. He aims to tip the trade balances in the favour of the US and believes that China, the EU and others have taken advantage of the US’s openness to trade. I do not agree with this largely because having a trade deficit is not necessarily a bad thing. It simply means that the country imports more than it exports. He also supports tax cuts, his argument being that small businesses comprise of 60 percent of the new jobs that are created. The problem with this is that small businesses and large businesses would be taxed the same amount. Instead, larger businesses can be taxed higher and foster a more suitable environment for small businesses to thrive. Gonzalez tends to be vague when he discusses his agenda for immigration. He wants to curb illegal immigration but at the same time making the immigration process more selective for legal immigrants. To improve school safety, he believes that school funding should be increased so that the school can fix problems in whichever way they seem fit. Furthermore, he wants to ensure that there is a mental health professional in every school since it is of his belief that mental health is one of the reasons for violence in schools.
Ohio’s second district is located in the North Central portion of the state. It largely consists of Wayne County, but has parts of Cuyahoga, Medina, Portage and some others. It lies on the intersection between two pivot counties which had voted for the Obama administration in 2012 and for Trump in 2016.
The state representative for Ohio is Troy Balderson. He was elected to the office on August 7,2018. This was during a special election where he replaced Patrick Tiberi. Before this he served in the Ohio State Senate where he represented district 20 in 2011, and he represented district 94 of the ohio house of representatives from 2009 to 2011.
Balderson serves the Small business committee, under which he is part of two subcommittees – The Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade. And The Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access. He also serves the Committee on science and Technology, under which he serves the Subcommittee on oversight and the Subcommittee on Research and Technology. He does not appear to be a member of any caucus.
Balderson introduced a bill that is aimed to permanently prevent government shutdowns. Furthermore, he also Provided guidance for furloughed workers because of the partial government shutdown that took place. His website does not specify any immediate agenda for other issues as described with Gonzalez.
Committees and Caucuses 2012Representative Anthony Gonzalez. https://anthonygonzalez.house.gov/about/committees-and-caucuses, accessed February 4, 2019.
Congress N.d.Congressman Troy Balderson. https://balderson.house.gov/issues/congress, accessed February 4, 2019.
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Ohio’s 16th Congressional District N.d.Ballotpedia. https://ballotpedia.org/Ohio%27s_16th_Congressional_District, accessed February 4, 2019.
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