Name: Zachary Dickerson
City of Residence: Miamisburg, Ohio
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office Sought: Ohio State Representative 42nd District
Election Website: http://www.votezach.com
Why should you be elected?
Our country is facing a crisis of civility. The partisan fighting is tearing us apart. We must do better. We must demand more from our elected leaders. I will work to change the tone of our politics. Instead of attacking Republicans, I am going to spend my time meeting with them and looking for common ground. Neither party has a monopoly on good ideas. We need to work together. Our state faces a lot of challenges and those challenges are best met with bipartisanship. If people agree, I hope to earn their vote on Nov 6th.
Top Three Priorities:
My first priority is improving education. A strong education system lays the foundation of economic prosperity for the state and the individual. I’ve met many teachers and administrators. All of them tell me that Ohio is in serious need of reforms. We need to return local control to our school districts and stop the excessive state-mandated testing. We need flexible and consistent graduation requirements. We need stronger oversight of charter schools so we can prevent another scam on taxpayers like ECOT.
My second priority is also related to education. We need a focus on school safety. Some of our districts have School Resource Officers. But a single officer can’t protect an entire school district. The state should play a larger role in helping to ensure that personnel are in place to protect our kids. This is an area of disagreement with my opponent, Niraj Antani. He would allow students to bring a gun to school for self-protection. I strongly disagree.
My third priority will be the restoration of the Local Government Fund. Every person in Ohio pays sales tax and income tax to the state. And for 80 years, a portion of that money was returned to our communities in something called the Local Government Fund. For 80 years, that fund has been an important source of money for vital services like police and roads. But 10 years ago, the state cut the Local Government Fund in half. They kept the money in Columbus instead of sending it back to our communities. That was wrong and I will work to change it.
Zach Dickerson was born and raised in a small town called Independence. He spent much of his youth hunting and camping with his family. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Texas, Zach put himself through law school in Colorado. Upon graduation, he took a job with LexisNexis located here in Miamisburg where he’s been employed for 10 years.