Voters in the 14th District have a tough choice to make during the upcoming general election on Nov. 6 when Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. David Joyce of Chester Township is being challenged by Democrat Betsy Rader of Russell Township.
Both have strong Chagrin Valley roots in a district that stretches through Geauga, Lake and Ashtabula counties and parts of Cuyahoga, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties.
We know them well. Both have devoted themselves to public service over the years.
Ms. Rader, 57, served on the Russell Citizens Park Board, the Foundation for Geauga Parks board and the Russell Zoning Commission. She has been a senior counsel for the Cleveland Clinic, worked for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and director of CASA for KIDS in Geauga County, an organization that advocates for children’s needs.
Mr. Joyce, 61, was the Geauga County prosecutor for 25 years. In 2012 he was elected to the U.S. Congress and re-elected in 2014 and 2016. He now serves on the House Appropriations Committee, Interior Energy and Water Development, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development subcommittees. He has been a strong advocate for the Great Lakes.
He talks about his bipartisanship efforts to preserve states’ rights in regard to issues such as legalizing marijuana. He took notice when local Ohio companies expressed concerns over tariffs. He also talks about the importance of securing funding to battle the opioid epidemic and to combat disinformation that could hurt our election process.
Yet in a time when families are concerned about access to adequate health insurance, Mr. Joyce has voted 31 times in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act and just once in July against a proposed repeal.
The continued stalemates in Washington concern us as funding for Social Security, Medicare, education and other important programs are certain to surface in Congress next year. With Mr. Joyce voting 97 percent of the time with the White House agenda, we believe there is a need for change.
With her experience in health care and other service-oriented programs, we see Ms. Rader as part of that change.
Ms. Rader supports making incremental changes to improve ACA and is a strong advocate for finding ways to lower medication costs and protecting people with pre-existing conditions. She supports universal access to health care by giving everyone the option to buy into Medicare – an efficient, effective and immensely successful and popular health care program.
She proposes public-private partnerships to launch apprenticeship programs to train a labor force that could answer the needs of today’s businesses, instead of old, outmoded training programs that are not keeping up with change.
She speaks about the need for campaign reform, including more transparent disclosure of the sources of political money. To that extent, Ms. Rader has taken a no-corporate PAC pledge that she says makes her accountable to residents and not corporations. And with the ballooning and record-setting deficit, we need someone to seriously address this issue without compromising essential programs; otherwise, we pass this burden on to future generations.
With the need to break the stalemate in Washington and have a person who would ably represent residents of the 14th District, we support Ms. Rader.