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Joe Blystone's Policies

 

Uphold State Sovereignty

State sovereignty is under threat all across our nation. It is no accident the Framers put the Tenth Amendment in the Constitution. They knew there would be times when the federal government would try to overstep its bounds. I believe we are living in one of those times. 

Executive Orders continue to pile up in Washington, orders that are going to have a devastating impact on the hardworking families and small businesses within our nation, as well as on our national security and sovereignty. This makes it even more imperative that Ohio’s elected leaders hold their ground to prevent federal or foreign encroachment on the liberties of Ohioans. As governor, I will be committed to preserving state sovereignty and will work with the General Assembly to uphold the Constitution in the face of whatever may come.

Protect the 2nd Amendment

As a farmer and hunter, I believe the right to bear arms is grounded in the belief that every American has a right to defend his life, the lives of his family, and his nation. I am an ardent second amendment proponent and will stand firm as governor to protect and preserve this right for every Ohioan.

Preserve the Sanctity of Life

Our Creator first established that every human life, however it comes into being, is equally precious. I believe that the sanctity of every life - of the unborn, elderly, disabled, or any ethnicity, from any socio-economic situation - forms the very foundation of our Constitutional Republic. Without it, there can be no life, liberty or pursuit of happiness. As governor, I will stand with efforts to preserve every life from conception to death. 

Stand for Health Autonomy 

COVID-19 has brought many issues to the forefront, including body autonomy—and who really has the power to determine what a citizen must put on or in his or her body. The government has no business telling Ohioans what is best for you or your family’s health. As governor, I will work with all health care providers and consumers, in addition to the leading medical experts within our state, to examine how the administrative “public health” agencies and authorities can be modernized away from a "one size fits all" approach. I will focus on solutions that better support an individual’s right to make their own informed medical decisions without government interference.

Manage State Spending & Shrink the Tax Burden

Most Ohioans just want to work hard and support their families. I believe in the American Dream; in hard work, prosperity, freedom for all, and the opportunity to build your path to success. I started my agricultural business in 2004 and then a nonprofit in 2019 with the goal of helping young adults and children learn the importance of hard work and living a happy, healthy lifestyle. I know how to run a business, how to cut the fat, and build a viable team of individuals bringing a variety of skill sets and backgrounds together.

Ohio’s spending is far from efficient. Our  state and local tax rates and business taxes repeatedly rate among the worst in the nation. 

We have a state budget of approximately $75 billion with a population of 11.7 million (and this is just a shell of Ohio’s actual” spending). States with comparable populations budget much less than what Ohio plans to spend on an annual basis.

--> Georgia’s budget is about $43.2 billion with a population of 10.6 million.

--> North Carolina budgets $52.1 billion with a population of 10.4 million.

--> Michigan budgets $59.2 billion with a population of 10 million.

--> And while Florida has about double Ohio’s population, their budget is nearly the same as Ohio’s at $88 billion.

Something is amiss here. We are overtaxing our citizens and overspending. 

Rein in Big Tech

Our first amendment rights have been under assault for decades. The past eleven months have made it even more obvious many players want to silence opinions of those who dare to speak against the rising factions within our country and our state. Big tech has played a major role in eroding free speech. Ohio must take serious action against these subversions of police power. 

Ohio can and should join Florida and Alabama in taking steps to protect this inalienable right for our citizens and the businesses who want to flourish here. As governor, I will work with industry leaders, small business owners, county and city leaders, as well as our General Assembly to protect our economy and our God-given right to use our voice for causes He deems important.

Bolster Election Integrity

Election integrity is a major issue on the minds of Ohioans. While the design of Ohio’s system has many strengths, we still have issues that draw attention to a need to do better. State legislatures are constitutionally entrusted to develop the rules governing elections, rules which should not be changed by anyone without the constitutional authority to do so (judges, secretaries of state, governors…) As governor, I will work with the General Assembly, Secretary of State, and County Commissioners across Ohio to ensure our elections remain free and fair.

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  • Cason Pratt
    commented 2021-09-17 11:45:02 -0400 · Flag
    @ Walker Mott
    Thanks for at least caring and thinking brother. I believe we are on the same side, the side of liberty. By all means go vote. Anyone who votes their conscience is exercising their voice. I still do vote, when there’s someone to vote for. I don’t vote based on red or blue or any other superficial characteristics and in recent years there really haven’t been any candidates who grasp the idea that our problems are foundational. My basic point is that if your house needs new windows, new plumbing, and is falling down because the foundation is bad, replacing the windows doesn’t help. Well, it does help because they needed replaced. But it doesn’t help fix the foundational issues so the house will fall down, new windows and all.
  • Walker Mott
    commented 2021-09-17 10:11:54 -0400 · Flag
    @Carson Pratt, that just reads like a long winded reply to talk people out of voting and into what is most likely an org filled glowers.

    “they will probably cheat so we shouldn’t even try” is the most loser thing I’ve ever heard. Get out and vote en mass. Get so many people to vote that in order for them to cheat they’d have to make Ohios popular double with how many fake votes they’d need to add.

    You say the system always wins but all I see is since Trump the system has been violently lashing blindly at anything that it sees as a threat. It took one man who’s never been in any political position to end the Afghan war, the Korean War and create a line of peace deals back to back in the middle east.

    Be defiant not complicit and stop falling for obvious fed bait
  • Cason Pratt
    commented 2021-09-17 08:32:18 -0400 · Flag
    Mr. Blystone seems like a better choice than most. However, unfortunately our votes are meaningless. It is merely the illusion of choice. Our original constitutional government was hijacked by a corporation that now masquerades as our government, which is why nothing ever changes no matter who you vote for at any level. Good people that actually want to make a difference rarely get into office, and even if a good person manages to somehow slide past the gate-keeping, nothing changes because the entire system is built to serve the the interests of the corporation that has installed itself as the “government”. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news and you may not believe me but there is enough evidence for this that a movement and lawsuit has begun to restore our true government. Otherwise, nothing will change unless we realize what’s happening and “rip the band-aid off.” I care about my country and all of my brothers and sisters in liberty. I care about our freedom the most. Everything else is secondary. There is a movement that can restore our original constitutional government.
    Go to: friendsoftheoriginalconstitution.info.
    It is too complex to explain here but we can all begin by
    signing the declaration of restoration located there.

    “Semper Libertas Primoris!”
  • Daniel Rader
    commented 2021-09-13 12:30:04 -0400
    @Walker Mott I agree in many Rural areas in Ohio they struggle with proper Internet but it is not a Majority and we would need a comprehensive plan to tackle that but we have emerging Technologies 5G is starting to make significant improvements so anyone with a cell phone has access to that even in my small town I live in. We also have WiFi 6 coming up. We would need a better option for those in the townships who don’t have access to the Spectrums, or ATT areas or we need to find funding to push them to expand their networks to the Rural areas. Fiber is what we need. Ohio has a Tech sector already but we need to continue to invest in that so Ohio is not left behind such a big Market and it is all of our futures. Technology is in everything it’s in the Medical field in hospitals , medical clinics even the rural ones, it’s in farming , in education, it provides tools to everyone to make our lives easier, simpler, better, quicker to solve tasks that frees us up for more important things. I agree our current Gov. drags his feet on many things and we certainly have more than just Cleveland in our State. We have TRC World-renowned testing facility that has 4,500 acres of road courses and a 7.5-mile, high-speed oval test track to test Autonomous vehicles. Through the Ohio State University we have The 540-acre Smart Mobility Advanced Research and Test (SMART) Center at TRC enables testing of new technologies and autonomous and connected vehicles in a real-world environment. OSU’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is focused on intelligent transportation systems, advanced vehicle safety, and sustainable mobility. OSU Driving Simulation Laboratory offers a state-of-the-art facility for measuring driver behavior. Also a Entity called Smart Columbus won the “Smart City Challenge” came with a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and a $10 million grant from Vulcan Inc. to develop, deploy, and share lessons learned about smart mobility solutions that improve safety, mobility, access to opportunity, and sustainability. Bringing together all of the public and private entities involved in building the transportation infrastructure in Ohio, (DriveOhio) coordinates with those who are developing the advanced mobility technologies needed to create a smart transportation system. This one here is actually not far from me in a small Rural town FlyOhio is part of the Ohio Department of Transportation, leading innovation in the emerging Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Unmanned Aircraft Traffic Management (UTM) market. FlyOhio is building the infrastructure for cargo delivery and passenger taxis as well as Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and supports companies wanting to fly in Ohio. Most people don’t even realize we have NASA facilities in Ohio NASA Glenn Research Center runs more than 500 specialized aviation research and test facilities, including sound testing for drones in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration. I am also not far from an Air Force Base and with that comes The AFRL leads the discovery, development, and delivery of warfighting technologies for air, space, and cyberspace forces, as well as emerging UAM/UTM market. Now home to AFWERx Agility Prime, a non-traditional program seeking to accelerate the commercial market for advanced air mobility vehicles (i.e., “flying cars”). and I also discovered SkyVision is the ground-based sense-and-avoid radar system at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport in Springfield, Ohio. The air traffic management system gives the airport the unique capability to manage drone flight beyond the operator’s visual line of sight. We are also the home of Auto Making and have a company called Lordstown Motors Corp. building an all electric Truck one thing is for sure we in Ohio like our Trucks both for leisure camping, fishing, boating, etc and for work they are working on that first the Work Truck and have already built a Test vehicle and competed in a Race with it not to long ago. https://www.lordstownmotors.com/ While I agree we need to walk before we can run I also believe in Human ingenuity we are smart and capable of doing many things all at the same time we can chew gum and walk at the same time we can multitask and so we can do many things our State needs at the same time building for our future here in Ohio so we are not left behind what is already a very present part of everyone’s life.
  • Walker Mott
    commented 2021-09-13 02:12:24 -0400 · Flag
    Being more open and/or clear on some of your policies would go a long way. Summaries are nice and useful but a link to pages with detailed statements on how you would go about some issues would be very useful. One of my main issues is constitutional carry/national reciprocity, I find it ridiculous that 22 states have passed this bill (for Ohio its Ohio SB215) yet Ohio has continued to drag its feet even though its a large gun ownership state. The bill has been ready for almost 3 entire years now yet never gets voted on. DeWine keeps running this state like Cleveland is the entire state and avoids passing anything that make that one city upset. We need a governor that treats Ohio like the rural state that is.

    and @Daniel rader, the issue with that is Ohio does not have the infrastructure to become that tech involved. Most Ohioans have very poor internet, if I drive 2 minutes down the road the best internet you can find is a solid 1 mgb on a good day. Blystone would need to first modernize Ohio’s infrastructure which would need to be a long comprehensive plan with a lot of budgeting work. So while I agree it would be fantastic for Ohio to embrace tech it just isn’t feasible with how it’s currently set up. Ohio needs to walk before it runs the marathon into the future
  • Daniel Rader
    commented 2021-08-30 12:55:06 -0400
    I agree with all those sentiments but would encourage you to be open to evolving Technologies and new opportunities for growth as a nation. I believe in the Republic in which we all enjoy not so much of late thanks to the fool in office right now. We need proper support in A.I., Automation, Cryptocurrency, Bit chain, Social Media for all not for some free and fair across the board to allow our free market society to flourish rather than stop it just because they’re afraid of change. Change happens anyway no matter what we do we should embrace it and encourage it that is what has always been what makes America so Great is that we allow free thinkers , innovators, investors, inventors, to take root and grow. That’s how we got Elon Musk, Space-X, Neural link, Starlink, in Ohio we need to attract New business and Technologies like that of Lordstown Motors, Peloton. Electric Vehicles is part of our future I don’t agree with the Green new deal or stopping gas stations or gas vehicles. It’s all all hands on deck approach until which time that technology and consumer interests align we need to allow things to progress at a natural pace on it’s own not force things to stop but find better solutions for us all and that keeps the Earth as healthy as is possible. Everyone knows at some point they will run out of Fossil Fuels so we do need alternatives nothing is without risk we need to invest in our Future here in the Buckeye State. I live near WPAFB and my son is in ROTC and we recently build a new Career Center and so much is being invested in our kids futures I want to see that continue we also need to continue to grow our Farming communities and Technology in that field as well. Every Job , Career Field needs to be invested in. What I would love to see come back like a vengeance is on the Job Training so many don’t have degrees or wasn’t able to do it lack of money, resources, or know how but so many are willing to learn. We as a society should never have gotten away from that. Employers need to embrace this ideal again.
  • Ang Mierz
    commented 2021-08-29 09:30:39 -0400
    Angie A. Please feel free to share your sources! Please share the link about democrats blocking BC.
  • Angie A
    commented 2021-08-28 19:09:55 -0400 · Flag
    @ang Go to one of Joe’s events and ask him all your questions. Republicans fought for over the counter birth control but Democrats blocked it.
  • Ang Mierz
    commented 2021-08-27 11:21:49 -0400
    @Melinda… I will state this again… the Government needs to keep all hands OFF of people’s personal bodies & the decisions they make for their bodies! You say women need not spread her legs, so what about the men that enter them? To solve the issue of unwanted pregnancy, birth control options need to be readily available for women & men. Which brings us to the topic of health care. Curious to know more on Mr. Blystone’s stance on health care concerns.. beside from his statement that the people have the right to make choices about what they do with their bodies & health…. Again a personal choice & right is what Blystone stands for, Right?
    Another point to bring up & would like more info on.. what support/plan does Blystone have for children who currently are unwanted and now placed in government care? Our state should be more concerned with those children. What social programs does Blystone support?
  • Melinda Helton
    commented 2021-08-27 09:28:12 -0400
    @ Ashley Williams and @Ang Mierz… Then a woman needs not to spread her legs if she doesnt want to have children. The government doesnt tell a woman to do this. I for one am Pro-choice but I have very strict limits, such as for sexual assault victims etc but this also includes time limits as well. Democrat run states, women are aborting children up until birth. Remember that next time when an entire full grown baby being ripped in two.
  • Melinda Helton
    commented 2021-08-27 09:20:45 -0400
    I am so glad you are going to tackle our tax rates and overspending. Another thing that needs to be addressed is the City tax codes. I lose 200-300 a year to a city I don’t even live in. This is pure theft and over taxation. Employers should only be required to take out the taxes of the city you live in not work in. For my family of 9 this is a huge amount that can be put back in my pocket and help others too.
  • Jason Brockman
    commented 2021-08-25 17:09:12 -0400
    You got my family’s vote
  • Sebastian H
    commented 2021-08-24 10:24:39 -0400
    What is Blystone’s stance on cannabis, for example, the use of, sale of, growth, etc. Waiting for response. Thanks.
  • Ralph Abbruzzese
    commented 2021-08-23 07:11:00 -0400
    And Aaron likes to rant too
  • Aaron Baker
    commented 2021-08-23 03:12:27 -0400
    Everyone in the comments hating on Big Government and the wealthy having too much control who then goes on to mention they’re a Trump supporter is a hypocrite. I believe in Constitutional.Rights that can not be given or taken away. I’m down with a lot of this stuff. But you’re showing you’re just an apparatchik who tows a party line, sucking up to the big shots cuz you can’t see them as one. No Biden. No Trump. No Obama. No Bushes. No Clinton’s. No Reagans. On and on. Right wing media is propaganda too, you sheep.
  • Ang Mierz
    commented 2021-08-22 19:20:42 -0400
    Ashley is right, highly illogical thinking. Everyone, including Women, have a right to make the decision on their actions & what is done with their bodies. Politics & government need to keep ALL HANDS OFF on our personal bodies, including what organs & tissues are inside. When the government starts to tell women what they can or can’t do with their bodies, this is TAKING AWAY RIGHTS period. We can debate all day when a fetus becomes a living, breathing, thinking human. But for 9 months while the tissue is forming in the womb it is still one with the woman’s body. With out the body, the tissues won’t survive.
  • Ang Mierz
    commented 2021-08-22 19:20:42 -0400
    Ashley is right, highly illogical thinking. Everyone, including Women, have a right to make the decision on their actions & what is done with their bodies. Politics & government need to keep ALL HANDS OFF on our personal bodies, including what organs & tissues are inside. When the government starts to tell women what they can or can’t do with their bodies, this is TAKING AWAY RIGHTS period. We can debate all day when a fetus becomes a living, breathing, thinking human. But for 9 months while the tissue is forming in the womb it is still one with the woman’s body. With out the body, the tissues won’t survive.
  • Angie A
    commented 2021-08-19 06:42:30 -0400 · Flag
    When people say women should be able to do what they want with their body, I find it intellectually lazy. A baby isn’t a woman’s body. If it were the “woman’s body”, it would be she that would be killed in abortion.
  • Carol Chimera
    commented 2021-08-16 15:18:01 -0400 · Flag
    @Ashley Williams, the time for HER to exercise her LIBERTY was prior to pregnancy, not after. Once pregnant, it is no longer ‘her body’ but someone else’s body that she is destroying in abortion.
  • Ralph Abbruzzese
    commented 2021-08-16 13:46:53 -0400
    Ashley Williams abortion is murder
  • Ashley Williams
    commented 2021-08-16 12:50:45 -0400 · Flag
    How can you be so against abortion (which is an individual exercising HER LIBERTY in choosing what to do with HER body) and yet in the same breath say that government needs to leave us alone with our bodies and our personal health choices???? Zero LOGIC
  • Elizabeth Sivey
    commented 2021-08-11 01:10:16 -0400
    Joe Blystone has my vote and volunteer time.
    Trump was my first for yard signs and bumper stickers that led to flags, hats and T-shirts. I Proudly fly my Trump 2024 flag from my porch everyday and light it up in Red White and Blue at night. Joe Blystone will be there with Trump as soon as I get my hands on some!
    I Will be returning a missed phone call to be a campaign volunteer first thing in the A.M.
    This is my first Post but not my last.
    God Bless America. Let’s make it great again!
  • Cynthia Coburn
    commented 2021-07-30 19:59:24 -0400 · Flag
    Sanctity of life and health autonomy are 2 separate things. Those who say this is hypocritical need to look up the definitions. And I’m sure if that separate body within you ladies had a choice it would choose to live. Aborting this innocent life is murder and as far as I know in this country murder is against the law!
  • Christina Motz
    commented 2021-07-26 20:55:33 -0400
    Blystone is another Dewine and Scott Lipps (chairman of the health committee) All three are owned by the medical field. Scott Lipps had medical staff attack me on his page and Blystone is doing the same.
    He says he is for the people but the only healthcare he advocates for is free choice for HEALTHCARE STAFF this was said on his FB page by Blystone for governor.
    Dewine obsessed with Dr Acton and allowed the health department to destroy lives, allowed hospitals to force our families to die alone in unlicensed hospitals, Scott Lipps was hiding my political posts, had medical staff call me mentally ill publicly on FB, and gets almost all donations from medical associations and individual Drs. Blystone hides his campaign donations from public view, advocates with a corrupt healthcare group, and has no plans to protect Ohioans from the health department and hospitals.
    VOTE NO TO JOE BLYSTONE
  • Jennifer Farmer
    commented 2021-07-23 21:00:09 -0400
    New here. You already have my vote Joe. Not sure if the right forum to post but how do you feel about about the legalization of recreation marijuana?
  • Amy Doll
    commented 2021-07-19 13:48:43 -0400
    SPOT ON Anna Kendrick!!! “body autonomy—and who really has the power to determine what a citizen must put on or in his or her body” – this would also include who has the power to decide what is taken OUT of someone’s body! You’d can’t say “I get a choice, it’s my body.” in one breath and then say “No, you DON’T get a choice with what to do with your body.” in the next breath, TOTALLY hypocritical!!!
  • Ralph Abbruzzese
    commented 2021-07-15 15:31:52 -0400
    Kate Devney is a troll
  • Kate Devney
    commented 2021-07-15 13:46:28 -0400
    So, you are a rich individual who wants things the way “you” believe they should be.

    Another Trumplican that just wants tax relief for him and his businesses.

    Maybe you should think outside your box if you truly want to help all Americans. Not just the rich.

    You just can’t deal with the good. You have to fix the bad also. Not just pretend it doesn’t exist. Your plans are not all-inclusive.
  • Ralph Abbruzzese
    commented 2021-07-15 10:22:10 -0400
    I agree Carol!
  • Carol Chimera
    commented 2021-07-15 09:54:14 -0400
    Need a place to get a yard sign. Thought I’d find it on the store page? We need to see you in the bigger counties. Please don’t write us off because our main city is blue…