the Beacon Journal editorial board

This editorial page has disagreed sharply with Kristina Roegner during her six years in the Ohio House. That includes her support of the heartbeat bill, deep reductions in income tax rates and a freeze on standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency. These and other differences remain. Yet the Hudson Republican delivered for the 37th District and the rest of the state when she pushed her party hard to bring much-improved oversight and accountability to the dismal charter school industry.

With that in mind, we recommend the re-election of Kristina Roegner on Nov. 8.

When the Republican majorities may have wanted to buckle, Roegner proved a steady, credible and decisive voice in support. She pressed for as strong of a measure as possible, for instance, gaining, after much struggle, language that requires for-profit management firms to provide greater detail about their spending.

Roegner knows that additional work remains on this front. She intends to propose legislation that would return funds misused by charter schools directly back to public school districts. All of this reflects something of the education of a legislator. Roegner readily acknowledges the need to focus on leading priorities at the Statehouse, matters that advance the state as a whole. So it is with the scandal in charter schools. Her voice will be needed if her fellow Republicans start to backslide.

The Democrat in the race is Casey Weinstein, a candidate with much promise. A graduate of the Air Force Academy with a masterís degree in business administration from Ohio State, he is an executive with Gartner, a leading information technology research and advisory company. He works on the companyís business development with the Air Force.

At the Statehouse, he would focus on restoring local government funding, advancing clean energy and overseeing charter schools. A year ago, Weinstein won a seat on the Hudson City Council. Better to complete that term, gaining knowledge and experience, and then look to seek higher office.

The 37th District covers the northeast portion of Summit County, including Macedonia, Stow, Northfield, Twinsburg, Silver Lake and Reminderville.

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Marilyn Slaby returned to the Ohio House in 2012, won re-election two years ago and now is seeking another term in the 38th District. She represents a more moderate presence in the Republican caucus. The retired educator brings a greater understanding of public schools. She puts priority on assistance for military veterans. She favors the House moving forward to repair the way congressional districts are redrawn.

Yet, harder to detect of late has been the depth of focus and commitment to making a difference. Thus, here is an opportunity to add to a depleted Democratic caucus, the minority gaining some leverage to yield compromise.

Judith Lynn Lee is the Democrat in the race. She is a photo journalist, most recently with The Reporter in Akron. She has been involved television and radio and engaged in community organizations, including the NAACP and the Federated Democratic Women of Summit County.

Lee emphasizes public education and clean energy, specifically the need to unfreeze the energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. She would be a strong advocate for women and health care. We recommend the election of Judith Lynn Lee on Nov. 8.

The district runs the length of the far western sides of Summit and Stark counties.