We need to get serious about AFFORDABLE HOUSING in Findlay. Officials have complained about a lack of enough workers to fill large numbers of job openings; however, many of these jobs do not pay enough to afford the available living quarters. Another option might be to raise the pay, though that alone might not be enough.
"'All politics is local.'
Candidate for Ohio House, 83rd District
Snail mail: P.O. Box 396, Findlay, OH 45839
Especially in view of yet another severe event this year, FLOODING is the problem most on the minds of many Findlay residents. We've been talking, studying, having meetings and arguing for years and it's time to get more action. With a first step still to get started, the more time that goes by just seems to add more to the expected costs, and exposes us to the possibility of more flood damage. We need to use whatever influence can be found to speed up the process.
OPIOID ADDICTION has proven to be a top problem nationally, but has been particularly intractable in Ohio, including here in Findlay. In past discussions here, many have worried about having group housing too close to their own homes, but the frightening fact is that there are almost certainly addicts living nearby in every neighborhood. In spite of previous efforts, the drug epidemic continues to worsen, and more effective measures to counteract it must be found. We must invest in more treatment centers and longer treatment times. One important help in fighting deaths would be for our police to be trained in the use of and carry naloxone to save more lives. For me, it is of top importance to vigorously educate everyone about the dangers posed by legal opioid drugs, as well as illegal ones.
Mary E Harshfield
for the 83rd District, Ohio House of Representatives.
There's so much to love about the 83rd...
.....but we have some problems, too.
Mary Harshfield grew up in Findlay and graduated from Findlay High School. She attended the University of Findlay before transferring to Bowling Green State University where she earned her bachelor's degree. She then embarked on a teaching career during which she completed a Master's degree in American Culture, concentrating on political science and the media.
Her teaching experience included schools in Ohio and Michigan teaching English and French at the high school and junior high level, plus enrichment classes for elementary students. She spent several years as the Foreign Language Department Head. She participated in Ohio State and Temple University programs in France and led student groups to French Canada.
At the same time Mary was active in her local Education Association and served as a representative in the group for many years and as an officer. Concerned about the problems in her community, she volunteered in numerous Democratic campaigns and elections. At one point she organized and worked in a citizens' exit poll out of a desire to help ensure honest elections.
Upon retiring from teaching and returning to her Findlay roots, Mary was able to reconnect with family and help care for her mother in her last years. Once back, she also became active within the community and took an interest in the problems that our area faces in relation to the economy, local environmental issues and the desire that all citizens of our area have representation in their government. She previously ran for the Findlay Council in 2015 and for the Ohio House, District 83 in 2016.
Mary was married for 27 years and has two daughters and one granddaughter.