Editor’s note: Every Republican candidate for state representative from the 85th district was asked by the Sidney Daily News and the Urbana Daily Citizen to participate in a survey. The candidates are Tim Barhorst, Rochiel Foulk and Lilli Vitale. The investigations are published in a series of articles in alphabetical order by surname. No Democrats stood in the primary elections, which will be held on August 2.
Last name: Tim Barhorst
Biography: Tim Barhorst, of Fort Loramie, is the founder and president of Business Partners Inc., which serves Ohio and the Midwest as a comprehensive employee benefits and financial planning group. He has been an Ohio Life and Health licensed agent and Series 6 Securities Registered Representative for nearly three decades.
He served as Legislative Chairman of the Ohio Association of Health Insurers and Chairman of Media Relations for the Midwest Region of the National Association of Health Insurers.
Proud to invest in his community, Tim owns and operates Behm’s Restaurant.
He and his son, Alex, are members of St. Michael’s Church in Fort Loramie.
Question 1.) Should Ohio spend more on arming and training teachers and school staff to protect its public schools from random gun violence?
The State of Ohio should not mandate schools, but rather restore local control to empower those who know what is best for their area. Students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the school board know what needs are being addressed and how best to address those issues. Law enforcement, state officials, and other elected officials should support them to keep our schools safe.
Question 2.) What should Ohio do to attract and retain more working-age adults in the state with critical skills (electricians, mechanics, plumbers, etc.)?
Ohio must continue to support and fund education and training to strengthen the trades. We have great vocational and higher education institutions in our area that are established and ready to help. If we train young workers locally, they are more likely to stay local.
Question 3.) Do you think tax rates in Ohio are in line with similar states for middle class, working families? If not, how would you resolve this?
My goal is to eliminate state income tax in Ohio. Right now, our middle and working class families face too many heavy taxes. The government needs to step aside, so families can keep more of their hard-earned paychecks.
Question 4.) What is the place of renewable energy (nuclear, solar, wind, etc.) in the future of Ohio’s energy supply?
We need a comprehensive energy policy. Ohio’s electrical grid must be diverse so that we are never dependent on a single power source. I am against subsidizing energy sources because all energy should be self-sufficient, government should not pick winners and losers in the private sector.
Question 5.) With the United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade this summer, how are you feeling? What should the State of Ohio do to guarantee a woman’s right of choice?
I am the only candidate in this race to have an Ohio Right to Life endorsement. I am pro-life, pro-adoption, pro-kids and pro-mother. In Columbus, I will support policies with effective and meaningful ways to support young mothers and families choosing life.
Question 6.) Skyrocketing fuel prices affect both the worker and the person who wants to go on vacation. Should the State of Ohio suspend gasoline taxes until prices drop?
Soaring fuel prices are a Joe Biden problem. His liberal policies led an attack on Ohio’s middle and working class workers. Suspending Ohio’s gas tax only hurts our roads and bridges, it doesn’t solve that problem. We need to elect top-down Republicans who believe in a diverse energy portfolio.
Question 7.) School districts are facing a shortage of teachers, bus drivers, and other staff to help educate Ohio’s children. What do you think should be done to attract more employees to the districts?
The labor market is a problem and a crisis for all employers, including school systems. The government has created this problem by encouraging unemployment. It’s time to bring a job back to the norm. It’s simple: people need to work, and government assistance is not the answer.