Ohio’s 10th Congressional District Primary

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Ohio’s 10th District is made up of Montgomery, Greene, and Fayette Counties. Mike Turner currently holds the seat for U.S. Representative for the 10th District.

Mike Turner (R) Incumbent

Mike Turner
Mike Turner

Mike Turner is all too familiar with the political spectrum. He has a background in community activism as well as politics. Prior to his election to Congress, Turner was in private practice and corporate law. He also served two terms as Mayor of Dayton. As a member of Congress, he’s also served on a number of national committees and worked as a member of several congressional caucuses.

Turner believes small businesses are the backbone to growing the economy. He opposes ever-increasing tax regulations on these businesses and believes it weakens the opportunity for growth and job creation. He is committed to encouraging the success and expansion of businesses by reducing the tax burden. He does not believe taxing families will help the economy recover.

Turner has been an advocate for Delphi retirees. As a member of Congress he has urged for their pension benefits to be restored. He says a failed bailout cost millions for taxpayers and cost Delphi workers their futures. He has fought to protect these workers’ pensions.

He opposes the Affordable Care Act and believes it should be repealed.  He says he wants to work with other lawmakers and implement healthcare reform.

As Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee, Turner is also a strong advocate of Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He has also pushed to legislation to combat sexual assault in the military.

Turner is a product of Dayton Public Schools. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University, attended the University of Dayton for his MBA, and attended Case Western University for law school. He has two daughters.

John Anderson (R)

John Anderson
John Anderson

Anderson has worked in logistics and as a contractor for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for more than three decades. He’s sought election to the House before. He ran for Congress in 2012 and 2010.

He wants to implement and pass a Fair Tax Act to create millions of jobs and raise the standard of living. He wants Americans to be taxes only on goods and services purchased and have the freedom to decide on which items they’ll pay taxes. He wants to eliminate taxes on income and production and replace it with a national consumption tax.

He believes in the elimination of the national debt and the reduction in federal spending.

Anderson wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and will oppose attempts to establish a national healthcare system. He believes individuals should have full control over the care they receive and wants to restore a free-market healthcare system.

Anderson wants to work to secure borders and ports and eliminate entry of illegal immigrants. He opposes all forms of amnesty for illegal immigrants and does not believe immigration can be reformed until security is tightened.

He believes schools should be managed locally to ensure accountability and parental involvement. He supports the use of local vouchers to allow parents to choose the best education.

Anderson also supports a strong national defense and military. He says he will not enter “no-win” wars and will not support wars financed through the federal deficit.

Bill Conner (D)

Bill Conner
Bill Conner

Bill Conner is an Air Force retiree who has worked as a military member and contractor for Wright Patterson Air Force Base, as well as serving as a contractor for a software developer company. With his problem-solving skills, he believes he has what it takes to run for Congress.

Conner wants to restore the economy by implementing jobs. He believes in offering small businesses tax incentives and reducing the burden of healthcare costs. He also thinks that corporations that export jobs should be penalized with taxes.

To deal with the federal debt, Conner wants to implement higher progressive tax rates for higher incomes. He wants to invest in infrastructure and provide jobs to boost the economy.

Conner believes in higher tax rates for higher incomes. He wants to simplify the tax code, eliminating loopholes.

He says the Affordable Care Act is an improvement to the healthcare system. He believes the law presents people with better care and better policies at lower costs. He says now, lawmakers need to concentrate on implementing the law and smoothing out any problems encountered.

In terms of immigration, Conner wants to secure the border, enforce employer verification status, and establish a clear path to citizenship for registered immigrants.

As a former military member and contractor for WPAFB, he understands the importance of the base to Ohio. He wants to build relationships between the base and the Miami Valley.

The Beavercreek native gaduated from Purdue with a degree in engineering. He and his wife have three children and five grandchildren.

David Harlow (L)

David Harlow
David Harlow

David Harlow is a retired chemical engineer looking to run for Congress. He has previously been a strong supporter of Ross Perot and has volunteered for his campaign. He has entered the election for Congress before.

Harlow says the national debt is spiraling out of control. He wants to make cutbacks and believes federal money should be spent only on projects that benefit a majority of people.

Harlow believes there is also a need for more jobs. He thinks the U.S, should be re-industrialized, specifically in the area of manufacturing.

He also stands firm in his position for bailouts. He says companies too big to fail should not be rewarded.

In terms of defense, Harlow’s goal is to get troops out of Afghanistan.

He also believes lawmakers should secure the border to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country. He says he doesn’t object to a guest worker program but believes immigration should be limited to the skills the U.S. needs in its workforce.

In terms of education, he believes in placing an emphasis on math and science.

Harlow graduated from Antioch College and went on to receive his Master’s degree from the University of Dayton. He currently resides in Dayton.
Robert Klepinger (D)

Robert Klepinger
Robert Klepinger

Currently a high school science teacher, Robert Klepinger wants to try his hand at politics to be a voice for the people.

In terms of taxes, he opposes tax breaks for the wealthy. He says he supports raising the capital gains tax and taxing the rich. He says money made from investments should be considered as taxable income. He believes these increases in taxes would help reduce the federal debt.

Klepinger says he supports the Affordable Care Act and does not believe it should be repealed. He believes the bill has helped many people in terms of obtaining care they can afford and has improved the healthcare system overall.

He also supports immigration reform and wants to give people who come to the U.S. equal opportunity if they demonstrate a drive to work hard.

He also believes Wright Patterson Air Force base is vital to Ohio, which is why he believes it deserves more funding. He says because of the base’s contributions it should be better funded and supported.

Klepinger is from Dayton and a graduate of Wright State University and Vandalia-Butler.

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