The candidates vying for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District seat discussed pressing issues facing seniors now, and in the future, at a candidate’s forum hosted by National Church Residences at Inniswood Village retirement community in Westerville. U.S. Representative Troy Balderson, Republican, and his Democratic opponent, Danny O’Connor, who is serving as Franklin County Recorder, appeared separately to address questions regarding issues of importance to seniors as part of this forthcoming mid-term election.
During the forum, which drew 100 seniors and others interested in senior-related issues, the candidates held a question and answer session, addressing topics such as:
- Protection of entitlement programs critical to seniors;
- Expansion of resources to develop and preserve affordable senior housing, especially the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC);
- Protection of resources that make service-enriched, affordable homes possible for vulnerable seniors, including rent subsidy and service coordination;
- The critical shortage of caregivers for the growing senior population; and
- The need to explore alternatives to Medicaid to finance long-term services and supports (LTSS).
Balderson currently serves as the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. He previously served as an Ohio State Senator to Ohio’s 20th district from 2011 until he took office in the U.S. House of Representatives in September. He also served in the Ohio House of Representatives for the 94th district from 2009-2011.
O’Connor was elected as Franklin County Recorder in 2016. Previously, O’Connor worked for the Weis Law Group, where he specialized in family law and campaign finance reform. In addition, he had worked as an attorney in the juvenile division at the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office from 2011-2014.
Earlier this year, Balderson won the special election race over O’Connor to fill the seat vacated by former U.S. Representative Pat Tiberi (R). The 2018 mid-term election will take place Tuesday, November 6.
“As an organization dedicated to serving services, it was important to us to host today’s forum to give our senior residents the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates where they stand on issues critical to them,” said Megan Kelley, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations for National Church Residences.
About National Church Residences
National Church Residences serves more than 42,000 seniors through its array of housing and health care services. The not-for-profit organization is driven by a vision of advancing better living for all seniors, enabling them to remain home for life. With 340 communities in 26 states and Puerto Rico, it is the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing and the largest manager of service coordinators. It also offers residential senior communities, home and community-based services, and permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless and disabled. For more information, visit www.nationalchurchresidences.org.