The Ohio Women's Public Policy Network Voter Guide


A nonpartisan guide to inform voters of candidates’ stances on issues affecting women and families in the November 6 General Election for statewide executive offices, state house, and state senate races

EARLY VOTING: Begins October 10, 2018 and includes the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday Before Election Day
ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL: Begins October 10, 2018 (28 Days Before Election Day)
ELECTION DAY: November 6, 2018 (Polls Open 6:00 AM – 7:30 PM)


The Women’s Public Policy Network’s 2018 State Primary Election Voter Guide was created to serve as a non-partisan, educational tool for voters to understand where candidates for the 2018 general election stand on issues impacting Ohio’s women and families. This project is intended to be a voter education guide, and is not an endorsement of any candidate or political party. As a non-partisan organization, we neither support nor oppose candidates or political parties.


The information published in this Voter Guide was obtained by a questionnaire sent to candidates. The questions were crafted by network partners to help raise awareness for voters about the candidates’ stances and priorities on the three main issue focus areas within our policy agenda: 1) promoting economic security for women, 2) ensuring fairness and opportunity in the workplace, and 3) improving women’s health and wellbeing.

Candidates in contested races for the Ohio State House, Ohio State Senate, and Ohio State Executive Offices (Attorney General, Auditor, Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and Treasurer) who qualified for the upcoming November 6, 2018 primary election received the questionnaire with instructions for completing and submitting to us for use in this Voter Guide. The candidates’ names are listed on the Voter Guide in the order in which they registered with the Secretary of State.

Candidates were offered the opportunity to complete a written questionnaire, composed of three questions on issues affecting women and their families and additional campaign information. Candidates were allowed up to 250 words to respond to each question and instructed that any responses to exceed that word limit would be left off of the final published Voter Guides, even if it is mid-sentence. Any words beyond that limit are indicated in the published Voter Guides by three dots at the end of the paragraph. Candidate replies are printed without editing. No typos or other errors were corrected in the final submissions.

Candidates were given notice of the deadline to submit completed questionnaires, and that we would indicate candidates who did not submit responses. We have marked any candidates in contested general races who did not respond with the text ‘No response received.’ To ensure voters have as much information as possible to make informed decisions, we will continue to update the voter guide with any additional questionnaires that are submitted up until the date of the election.


Candidates can also access the full version of the Voter Guide Questionnaire to complete by downloading the PDF document. Instructions for completing and submitting the guide are included in the document. 

  • Voter Guide Questionnaire available for download here.

Questions? Contact our Managing Director Erin Ryan at or (440) 382-2900


This Voter Guide offers information about candidates running in the November 6, 2018 general election for contested races for the following seats:

  • Attorney General
  • Auditor
  • Governor and Lieutenant Governor 
  • Secretary of State
  • Treasurer
  • Ohio House 
  • Ohio Senate

You can read candidate responses for each of these races using the dropdown search boxes below. Only candidates in contested races have results available in this guide. If you do not know your House or Senate district, you can find those using the searchable ‘Find Your District’ tool. The questions sent to each candidate are available in their full form at the bottom of this landing page.

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Issue 1

Promoting Economic Security for Women and Families

Women regularly face barriers in Ohio’s labor market, including disproportionate representation in low-security jobs. Despite having slightly higher levels of educational attainment than men, women are more likely to be working part-time and for minimum wage. Additionally, women are more likely to take on caregiving duties for newborns or sick family members, but only 15 percent of private industry workers—and only four percent of low-wage workers—have access to any form of paid leave. Meanwhile, the average annual cost of infant care in Ohio is $8,977, which is estimated to take up 15.1 percent of the average Ohio family's income for one child.

Women’s systemic labor market barriers threaten their economic security and that of their families. This reality is highly pressing as women play an increasingly integral role in securing their families’ livelihood. Indeed, women are the sole, primary, or co-breadwinner in nearly two-thirds of Ohio households. However, nearly 35 percent of the 604,000 Ohio households headed by women had incomes below the poverty level in 2016.


What are three policy initiatives you support to promote economic security for women and their families (250-word limit)

Your answer may or may not include your stance on a variety of policy issues, including: wages, paid sick leave, paid family leave, childcare, the Earned Income Tax Credit, retirement security, or pensions.

Issue 2

Ensuring Opportunity and Fairness in the Workplace

Women’s workforce participation has increased 35 percent since the early 1970s. In Ohio, women now make up 48 percent of the state’s workforce. And as many families increasingly depend upon the wages of working mothers, women are remaining in their jobs longer into their pregnancies and staying in the workforce at higher rates after childbirth than ever before.

Despite this increased participation in the workforce, women, particularly those working in the low-wage workforce, continue to face barriers to keeping their employment or advancing in their careers due to current workplace policies or workplace discrimination. Pregnancy discrimination, such as being forced out of a job or denied reasonable accommodations while pregnant, affects women across race and ethnicity. Yet women of color and immigrants may be at elevated risk due to their disproportionate representation among jobs with less flexibility and greater physical demands. Additionally, according to research gathered in 2011, half of women in the United States who had experienced sexual assault quit or were forced to leave their jobs within one year—leading to an average lifetime income loss of nearly $250,000 for an individual.


What are three of your legislative priorities to address issues facing women in the workplace? (250-word limit)

Your answer may or may not touch on your stances on workplace policy issues including: pay equity, protections for pregnant workers, non-discrimination policies, scheduling laws, collective bargaining, or barriers to career advancement.

Issue 3

Improving Women's Health and Well-Being

Comprehensive healthcare is a critical means to bolster the health and economic security of Ohio women and families, but it is out of reach for many. Seven percent of Ohio women between the ages of 19 and 64 lack health insurance completely. Women of color are more likely to be uninsured, which presents barriers to accessing preventive and primary health care and contributes to persistent health disparities: women of color face higher rates of diabetes, pregnancy-related complications, and cervical and breast cancer than white women.

The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that within the last twelve months, 11 percent of Ohio women did not seek necessary medical care due to prohibitive costs. Health care costs are even higher for women who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, and these elevated costs can continue for as long as 15 years after the incident of abuse.

Finally, although many women presently rely on comprehensive reproductive health services, access is not distributed evenly. Women of color, and especially Black women are disproportionately likely to be denied or unable to access resources, services, and information related to their reproductive health, which prevents them from experiencing maximum health, wellbeing, and birth outcomes.


What are three policy issues you support to improve access to and the affordability of healthcare for women? (250-word limit)

Your answer may or may not include policy solutions related to issues such as the affordability of health care, cultural barriers to health care services, reproductive health care and abortion, sexual and domestic violence and stalking, or healthy relationship education.