In a Feb. 3, 2013, article in the Canton Repository, Frank LaRose referred to himself as a moderate, and he implied that “moderate” should not be a “dirty word.”

Now, many dollars have been spent in support of his campaign trying to convince uninformed voters that he is a “conservative.” Even if you want a moderate, would you really want this?

When LaRose lost the Ohio Right to Life endorsement to his challenger in the Republican primary, Caleb Davenport, LaRose said it was because of personal, petty politics. In response, Ohio Right to Life, the state’s largest pro-life organization, replied that the endorsement of Davenport over LaRose was solely based upon each candidate’s survey answers submitted to Ohio Right to Life.

Davenport has released his survey answers for all to inspect. However, despite being requested by numerous people to do so, LaRose continues to refuse to release his survey answers. Obviously, his doing so would reveal who is telling the truth, LaRose or Ohio Right to Life.

If you want an elusive, moderate Republican for state senator who wants to try to convince you that he’s something that he is not, go ahead and vote for LaRose.

But if you want a true, straight-talking conservative representing you in Columbus, who does not have a lifelong ambition to be a career politician, but who simply wants to help stop the drift to the left of this state and this nation, most definitely vote for Caleb Davenport for the Ohio Senate on Tuesday. It’s that simple.

Carrie Snyder

Wooster

A representative ?must earn respect

I have served as a state representative and a state senator in the Ohio General Assembly, and I know what it takes to effectively represent the 35th Ohio House District. You must build a level of respect from those with whom you serve in the legislature. Only by your actions and your personal integrity can you build the respect that is necessary to be taken seriously by your fellow representatives.

Unfortunately for the 35th District, our current representative, Zack Milkovich, has not been able to gain this respect from his fellow legislators. It is something that must be earned by your hard work in committees and action on the floor of the House.

Milkovich has served two terms (four years) and is seeking his third term. It is time to replace him with someone who has shown the potential to gain the necessary respect.

I strongly suggest a vote for Greta Johnson in the 35th Ohio House District Democratic primary on Tuesday so that the district can have the representation it needs and deserves.

This newspaper and the Cleveland Plain Dealer have recognized this, as well. Both have endorsed Johnson to be the Democratic nominee. Please join me in voting for Greta Johnson on Tuesday.

Kenneth R. Cox

Barberton

Working tirelessly ?for his constituents

I support Frank LaRose for the 27th Ohio Senate District seat. My wife and I are fortunate to be neighbors of Sen. LaRose, and we have seen firsthand how tirelessly he works for his constituents.

He spends hours and hours on the phone discussing issues and on the road going to meetings and back and forth to Columbus. We get more than our money’s worth with LaRose.

In addition, he is honest, experienced, tough and committed to doing what is right for the people rather than what is best for his career. He gets things done instead of just complaining or showboating, and that is rare in politics these days. I hope you will support Sen. Frank LaRose in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

Gene Miller

Copley Township

Decisive moment ?in the campaign

Until Friday, our decision on which Democratic candidate in the 34th Ohio House District should receive our votes was pretty much a toss-up, with the hope that a debate between Emilia Sykes and Frank Comunale would transpire before the Tuesday primary election.

The decision has been made for us with the receipt of a mailing paid for by the Committee to Elect Frank Comunale. The mailing, a full-color, front-and-back piece called “The Old Name Game,” was in poor taste, saying nothing about Comunale’s qualifications and attacking a family that has long served Ohio voters. It helped shape our decision to vote for Sykes.

Until receiving the mailing, we thought Comunale was above such petty politics.

Sandra and Sidney Landskroner

Akron