The democratic candidate for Ohio Secretary of State appeared solo in what was originally billed as a debate with her Republican rival in Cleveland.
Franklin County Clerk of Court Mary Ellen O'Shaughessy outlined her plans should she be elected to the state's top elections post, and drew contrasts between herself and G-O-P candidate Jon Husted. ideastream's Bill Rice reports.
Item number one in Mary Ellen O'Shaughnessy's ten point platform: ensure trust and integrity in elections, which would include ethics training for employees. O'Shaughnessy said she would investigate all charges of voter fraud, but accused Husted, who is a state Senator and former Speaker of the Ohio House, of raising the specter of voter fraud as a scare tactic, when most elections are sound and above board.
She also accused Husted, who is currently a state Senator, of trying to hinder access to the vote.
My opponent supported legislation time and time again that would make it more difficult to vote, more difficult register voters, more difficult to count ballots and to get initiatves on the ballot. I support legislation to reduce provisional ballots, and streamline voter ID rules.
O'Shaughnessy said she'd push for reforming the redistricting process as a member of the Apportionments Board to ensure congressional district boundaries are drawn fairly and competitively. And she would upgrade the office's database to make campaign finance more transparent.
Campaign Finance donations need to be traced directly back to donors and I am a firm believer in transparency, open records. Usable on-line campaign finance reports really are key to holding public officials accountable, and I want to make sure that the database is even more searchable than it is right now.
The City Club of Cleveland, which sponsored the forum, says Senator Husted originally agreed to participate but later backed out. A spokesman from Husted's campaign says the candidates are doing at least nine joint appearances, and unfortunately he can't do every one.