My goals are to work on economic development utilizing the assets on my district, I also aim to promote education for our future leaders, and protecting our working class who have been attacked by the present administration with bills like SB 5. I also want to let people know the so called $3 billion in tax breaks favors those making above $250,000 who get around a $6,000 tax break where middle class workers get around $40. I want to reinstate the Homestead Act so the elderly can take advantage of the tax breaks when they turn 65 which now isn't possible. I also want to increase funding in education that was slashed by $2 billion dollars leading to larger class sizes and 60% of schools facing a budget shortage due to the cuts. I also want to increase funding to local governments that was slashed by 50% leading to 25,000 people losing their jobs that includes teachers, fire fighters, and police officers. Ohio has led the nation in job losses 5 of the last 20 months and was one of only 4 states who didn't see an increase in jobs in 2013. I also want to take out the language that makes Ohio the worst women friendly states in the nation. Helping military personnel to integrate back into society and providing training for those returning soldiers so they can have a job is also a priority.
I am a 47 year old male who has been married for over 20 years to my wife Angela who is 39. I have a 22 year old daughter named Ariel and a 17 year old daughter named Ireland. We presently live in Galion, Ohio. My family is originally from the Dayton, Ohio area.
I attended North Central State College until 2010 for Business Administration. I then attended Franklin University where I graduated cum laude in May 2011. I received an MBA from Ashford University completing Master's of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership in February 2013. I am currently working on my Master's in Health Care Administration from Ashford University. I am an ice hockey fan and love to watch it especially the Stanley Cup. I was a baseball player growing up where I was a pitcher.
I was a former operations manager for a $100 million dollar food manufacturer overseeing 300 people. I was formerly a Parts Quality Specialist overseeing over 40 vendors in the automotive industry. I formerly worked as a Project Supervisor for a company that does quality audits for the automotive, medical, and other various industries since 2011. I have also been Vice President of A & I Sauces that I did since 2004 up until 2011. I was also a production worker and machine repairman for General Motors until 2006 where I was forced to take a buyout.
I never served in the military.
I am the former Vice President and President of Habitat for Humanity in Crawford County, Ohio
I was Central Committeeman for District 1A in Galion, Ohio and Legal Liaison for voter protection in 2010 for Crawford County.
I am a Christian and follow the Wesleyan faith.
Building the house for Habitat for Humanity where I volunteered many hours to get it built. I graduated cum laude from Franklin University at the age of 43. Received my MBA in 18 months graduating with a 3.33 GPA
Economic development is the first item since my district is around 2% above the nation in unemployment. Education is my next pressing issue since our future leaders are our present school aged kids, and protecting the rights of the working class by preventing legislation like SB5 and HB69.
Source: Lehart (03/02/2012)
The first thing I want to accomplish when elected is to expand economic development looking into new industries and expanding present industries.
I plan to achieve utilizing the assets of my district that is US 30 that is a distribution dream for any company due to being linked to several major US Highways such as I70, I71, and I75 that go all over the United States. I also plan to provide more funding for school since education is presently not a priority with our current administration where Governor Kasich has cut $2.9 billion over the next 2 years forcing many schools to do without or try to pass levies to survive. I also plan to fight agains bills like SB5 and HB69 that go after our firemen, police, and other public service workers.
Entering public service is something I never dreamed of doing. I feel the only way to be part of the solution is to enter public service instead of just talking about it like I have done for years. My business background and education I feel will be major assets for me and the district. I have been a factory worker most of my life and have been through just about everything people are facing now with financial problems and such. It is time as my slogan says: Putting the "Public" back in public service.
I find racism in any form offensive. Hate crimes should be punished most severely in the eyes of the law.
I believe we are all equal and that was stated in our Declaration of Independence.
I don't agree with any type of profiling.
I am pro 2nd Amendment and would not pass legislation to restrict it.
Hunting is an economic plus for Ohio and in no way would I ever ban it.
I would not support any legislation restricting gun ownership any more than has already been done.
I think a better system of tracking those who are on assistance would stop a lot of abuse and waste inthe system. I also feel drug testing would be a plus to stop giving assistance to those who spend their money on drugs instead of necessities.
I do feel that anyone who needs assistance should be able to get it. I also feel that drug testing should be part of the process when applying for aid.