Editor’s note: Every Republican candidate for state representative from the 85th district was asked by the Sidney Daily News and the Urbana Daily Citizen to participate in a survey. The candidates are Tim Barhorst, Rochiel Foulk and Lilli Vitale. The investigations are published in a series of articles in alphabetical order by surname. No Democrats stood in the primary elections, which will be held on August 2.
Last name: Rochiel Foulk
Biography: Born in Urbana, Ohio, I’m 67, own a small farm, started and operated several businesses, taught briefly, worked in healthcare, and grew up in a family of six. My parents were both schoolteachers, county commissioners, farmers, and law enforcement officers. I was married and have a daughter-in-law. I live in Urbana. Sewing is my hobby.
My education includes Urbana High School, OSU (BA), CHSN (Nursing Pin), Capital Law (Paralegal Cert.), USC Law School (MA in Law & Grad. Cert. in Compliance). I’m working on my doctorate in law and public policy.
Question 1.) Should Ohio spend more on arming and training teachers and school staff to protect its public schools from random gun violence?
Ohio has already recently taken steps to strengthen school safety. I agree with these measures and believe that if a school system wants to allow qualified school personnel to practice, it should be able to make this decision, locally. Recently, our Governor in Ohio signed into law House Bill 99, which allows local school boards to decide whether they need personnel who can carry firearms and also to determine the level of training that the school staff may be required to follow. I also agree with the increased grant amounts included in the new capital budget for schools, which would improve building safety and provide staff training to help identify security issues. preventive way.
Question 2.) What should Ohio do to attract and retain more working-age adults in the state with critical skills (electricians, mechanics, plumbers, etc.)?
To attract more working-age adults with critical skills, Ohio would benefit from creating an atmosphere of opportunity for potential employees to grow in their careers. Trying to attract new innovative companies to Ohio, like Intel, would help. But also, providing existing businesses with training to learn how to let their potential employees know that they and Ohio are invested in their career development and can provide job security, would also attract young tradespeople. . Businesses can learn that they can structure a job package that could include employer assistance with skill expansion and certification, which, in turn, would help their business grow. Other types of training aids for employers could be the use of social media platforms where young employees hang out and communicate. Companies need to know how to create a “brand” that would attract the type of employee they want and where and how to post and market their job postings with creative video content. Companies could also be encouraged to create internships with universities and trade schools out of state. It would take students out of Ohio State in hopes that they might come back to our state to work. Other ideas could be for companies to modify their working environment for a more flexible environment, such as offering partial remote work to site managers, flexible working hours and technological advantages such as a work mobile phone. Expanding our vocational schools already here in Ohio would also help create and retain native Ohioans who are more likely to stay where they were born and raised.
Question 3.) Do you think tax rates in Ohio are in line with similar states for middle class, working families? If not, how would you resolve this?
Yes and no. Ohio has been one of the best places in the country for middle-income families. We have a lower cost of living, abundant educational resources, many vacation and recreation spots, and a growing job base. Basically, I think our tax structure is quite reasonable considering the benefits we derive from living here and the infrastructure of roads and bridges that will need to be repaired soon. If I were to change anything, I would reduce our sales tax rates on consumer goods such as fuel that impact daily family consumption, especially for non-luxury items needed to raise children and ensure the comfort of the elderly and disabled. I could also give more business start-up tax incentives to encourage business development in Ohio, because that’s where our jobs come from.
Question 4.) What is the place of renewable energy (nuclear, solar, wind, etc.) in the future of Ohio’s energy supply?
I am for, within reason, a comprehensive approach to energy research and development when it comes to providing energy to its citizens in Ohio. In addition to harvesting our own gas, coal, oil (and corn for ethanol) from Ohio, I believe Ohio should pursue research and development of all renewable energy. Although, because I believe in American energy independence, I am not for the pursuit of renewable energy at the expense of our national security by shutting down pipelines, depleting our oil reserves and putting ourselves in the position of seeking fuel in other countries. . I am also not in favor of consuming large amounts of good agricultural land for solar farm purposes. Farmers already use the sun as a source of energy, and solar technology is advancing so rapidly that using good farmland for solar panels that could be obsolete within five years doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to permanently destroy a good agricultural field.
Question 5.) With the United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade this summer, how are you feeling? What should the State of Ohio do to guarantee a woman’s right of choice?
Roe v. Wade has already been canceled. I am pro-life except exception. I believe in four exceptions: when the life of the mother is in danger, in the event of rape, in the event of incest and in the event of a non-viable fetus.
Question 6.) Skyrocketing fuel prices affect both the worker and the person who wants to go on vacation. Should the State of Ohio suspend gasoline taxes until prices drop?
I think fuel taxes should be lowered permanently. Tax exemption for a short period, especially when fuel supplies are limited, will only lead to problems later. And, instead of just focusing on a temporary fix, the current federal administration should reverse its approach to the whole inflation and supply problem by deregulating and reopening U.S. sources of fuel on the ground. American for American use. We need American energy independence.
Question 7.) School districts are facing a shortage of teachers, bus drivers, and other staff to help educate Ohio’s children. What do you think should be done to attract more employees to the districts?
Since some of the reasons for the shortage of school bus drivers are lower pay and the need for drivers to have a commercial driver’s license. I would suggest that salaries for school bus drivers be increased and that schools set up a program where they help a potential future bus driver by offering or paying for their commercial driver’s license training. Another option would be to recruit potential drivers from their existing group of teachers and parents of students who might be interested. Instead of waiting until there is a shortage, schools could begin anticipating bus driver training and recruitment programs before the shortage becomes critical. Trying to recruit new teachers, pay raises, student teaching relationships with universities that train teachers, recruiting parents of students to help with classroom activities, and marketing teaching jobs on social networks would all be helpful. Some districts are remote and new teachers will not be aware of teaching opportunities unless the jobs are offered to the right pool of potential employment.