Dennis Sterling said he wants to bring a mentality of fair, reasonable and right thinking to the Statehouse.
A retired police officer after having served 27 years with the State Highway Patrol, the Dublin Police Department and the Fairborn Police Department, Sterling said he wants to work at the state level to entice businesses and colleges to the newly formed 87th District to keep residents from leaving the area.
Sterling, from Galion, said he hopes to limit the amount of pay for state legislators, and change legislation which keeps lawmakers from taking wage decreases. He said if he cannot get a change, he voluntarily will give a portion of his salary to the community, in donations to services cut by the state.
He also hopes to return local government funds which were cut by the state. Sterling said the state should have made cuts to programs at that level, not reduce appropriations to local governments.
"My goal is to try to get (local government funds) reinstated to pre-Gov. Kasich amounts," he said. "It needs to come back."
In addition, with a background of working for the Fraternal Order of Police, including 10 years of negotiating public safety contracts, Sterling said he plans to approach union negotiations with a "fair, reasonable and right" attitude, and restore faith lost through Senate Bill 5, a bill voted down in the November general election which would have limited collective bargaining for public workers.