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Candidate Name: Sandra O'Brien
Office Sought: Ohio Senate District 32
Candidate's Party Affiliation: Republican
Candidate's City of Residence: Lenox
Sandra married her high school sweetheart and lives on a farm in Ashtabula County. She was a stay at home mom and raised four children. Sandra holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in Administration. She taught at both the elementary and collegiate level. She was the elected Ashtabula County Auditor for three terms, twelve years. Each year she received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting, the highest award given by the Government Finance Officers Association. She is a member of Sacred Heart Church, Ashtabula Arts Center and Farm Bureau.
1. What qualities do you possess that qualify you for the job you are seeking?
As a Republican, I will be a member of the Ohio Senate's majority party. Therefore I will have a seat at the table where financial decisions are made and can deliver results for our district.
2. If you are elected, is there anything in particular that you hope to accomplish? And briefly, what is it and why is it important?
I will work for a fairer system to distribute gas tax revenue to counties like ours in Northeast Ohio who are disproportionately affected by harsh weather conditions. I will work to demolish the 25 year abandoned St. Joseph Riverside Hospital in Warren.