NONPARTISAN CANDIDATE GUIDE: 2018 OHIO SENATOR’S RACE
Created by the Campus Election Engagement Project, a nonpartisan effort to help college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders engage their schools in the election. Key sites consulted included Votesmart.org, OntheIssues.org, FactCheck.org, Politifact.com, and public candidate statements. For guides to local races, see Vote411.org from the League of Women Voters and Ballotready.org. For more detailed information visit their votesmart.org pages.
Visit sherrodbrown.com and jimrenacci.com to volunteer. Other senate candidates include Philena Farley (G). Due to limited space, we can’t include candidates polling at less than 15%, but encourage you to check out her website. To download a printable pdf version of this guide, click here.
Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?
Sherrod Brown – Legal. “I will always trust Ohio women to make their health care decisions, plain & simple.”
Campaign Finance: Require political ads to disclose their largest funders?
Sherrod Brown – Yes. “Special interests should not have a louder voice… than middle-class families.“
Jim Renacci – No stand found. Did support strengthening Federal Elections Commission.
Campaign Finance: Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?
Sherrod Brown – No. “Corporations are not people.” Supports amendment to overturn.
Climate Change: Consider climate change a serious crisis?
Jim Renacci – Probable no. In 2010 said emission regulations have “virtually no impact on global temperatures.”
Climate Change: Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases? Support US participation in Paris Climate Accord?
Jim Renacci – Contested. Says supports limiting greenhouse emissions if Ohio industries such as coal are not harmed. Opposed EPA regulating greenhouse gases. Supported withdrawal from Paris Accord.
Contraception: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?
Jim Renacci – Likely yes. Obamacare requirement for faith-affiliated employers like hospitals to provide contraceptive coverage was “an assault on religious freedom.”
Courts: Support Brett Kavanaugh nomination? (Prior to recent allegations).
Sherrod Brown – No. Serious concerns about rulings against women’s & consumer rights.
Jim Renacci – Yes. “A kind-hearted, brilliant, thoughtful, & experienced jurist.”
Economy: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Economy: Support President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?
Jim Renacci – Yes, but concerned about the negative impact on farmers. Seeks a “balance between free trade & fair trade.”
Education: Vouchers to send children to private schools with public money?
Sherrod Brown – No. Longtime opponent.
Environment: Support cutbacks of Environmental Protection Administration?
Sherrod Brown – No. Strongly opposes.
Jim Renacci – Yes. Voted for bill that reduced funding.
Financial Regulation: Support Trump administration’s proposed cutbacks of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?
Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?
Sherrod Brown – Yes. “Practicing family values means loving all God’s children.”
Jim Renacci – No. “Marriage should be between one man & one woman.”
Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?
Healthcare: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare?
Jim Renacci – Repeal ACA. Key to affordable healthcare is increasing competition, decreasing overhead.
Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?
Sherrod Brown – Yes. They offer “lifesaving cancer screenings, HIV/AIDS prevention & contraception education.”
Jim Renacci – No. Supported defunding.
Immigration: Support DACA, allowing “Dreamers” who arrived illegally as children, then grew up in the US, to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?
Jim Renacci – No. Voted in 2013 to overturn DACA program interim protection of Dreamers. Now supports Trump’s approach–tying potential legalization to cuts in legal immigration & funding for border wall.
Iran: Withdraw from treaty limiting Iran’s nuclear capability & lifting some sanctions?
Sherrod Brown – No. Use remaining sanctions instead of unraveling agreement.
Jim Renacci – Yes. Called Iran #1 state sponsor of terrorism.
Marijuana: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?
Sherrod Brown – Supports medical legalization. Wants to study how legalizing recreational works elsewhere before legalizing in Ohio. Opposes federal intervention.
Jim Renacci – Opposes recreational legalization. Watch how medical implementation goes. Voted against protecting states from federal intervention.
Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25/hr?
Sherrod Brown – Yes. Phase in increase to $15.
Jim Renacci – Likely No. Rejected 2013 increase to $10.10.
Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?
Sherrod Brown – Yes. Strong supporter.
Jim Renacci – No recent statements found. Has previously opposed regulations supporting Net Neutrality.
President Trump: Percentage of key votes supporting Trump’s positions.
Sherrod Brown – 28% as of September.
Jim Renacci – 94% as of September.
Privatization: Support full or partial privatization of Social Security?
Sherrod Brown – No. Strong opponent.
Jim Renacci – Partial. Allow workers “to privately invest a portion of their payroll taxes.”
Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?
Sherrod Brown – Yes. Supports strong mix across a diverse mix of clean energy sources.”
Student Debt: Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on high earners (Elizabeth Warren proposal)?
Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cuts?
Voting Rights: Support stricter voting rules like photo-ID requirements?
Sherrod Brown – No. Should be encouraging people. Photo-ID rules make it harder.
Jim Renacci – Unknown.