Facing term limits as his second term in the Ohio Senate (District 19) comes to an end, state Sen. Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) is seeking to remain in office by replacing incumbent Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) as the District 67 representative in the Ohio House of Representatives. Brenner, who is also facing term limits, is the Republican nominee for Jordan’s District 19 seat in the Ohio Senate, running against Louise Valentine (D-Westerville) and Gary Cox (G-Columbus).
Jordan won the Republican nomination for the District 67 House seat in the May 8 primary with 40.17 percent of the vote, while his two opponents split the remainder of the votes — Denise Martin received 30.33 percent and Brian Lorenz pulled in the remainder of the vote at 29.49 percent.
Jordan received a bachelor’s degree in political science from The Ohio State University. His political career started as a legislative aide. He then served six years as a Delaware County commissioner and was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives (District 2) in 2008.
“I have an unmatched record in cutting wasteful spending and eliminating obsolete state boards and commissions,” he said. “And I’ve never voted for a tax increase.”
Jordan said he was born and raised in Delaware County, unlike his opponent Cory Hoffman (D-Delaware), “who has only lived here for two years.”
“I understand where the county has been and where it needs to go,” Jordan said.
Hoffman has criticized Jordan for being a no-show to candidate events held by local nonpartisan groups or that he even has a political presence in the district.
In a previous Gazette article, Hoffman said he has attended as many events as possible but has not seen Jordan at any of them.
“I’d like to meet him,” Hoffman said. “He hasn’t shown up to anything. He thinks he is going to just waltz into the job because people know his last name.”
Jordan said he has been “personally out knocking on 7,000 doors.”
As for Hoffman, Jordan said, “I don’t care for his antics. All he has done is attack me.”
Jordan added Hoffman’s “Ghostbusters” parody video is “ridiculous.”
As for his time in the Ohio Senate, Jordan said he authored the bill that repealed the death tax.
“It needed to be repealed, because it was the right thing to do for the farmers and small business owners,” he said. “You shouldn’t have to sell off property to pay for it.”
Jordan spoke to the current problems with the funding of Ohio’s school districts.
“The school funding formula isn’t fair to Delaware County schools,” he said. “School districts that are shrinking aren’t being punished. It’s the schools that are growing.”
Jordan said the formula was created and enacted in the 1980s to control the growth of the Cincinnati schools at the time, and it’s not easy getting the legislation changed.
“It’s a battle to make changes to the formula,” he said.
Other career highlights for Jordan include serving as chairman of the Senate Finance General Government and Agency Review Subcommittee, vice chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and a member of the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee, Public Utilities Committee, and Ways and Means Committee.
Jordan is an active member of the National Rifle Association, Delaware County Right to Life and the Delaware County Farm Bureau.
Contact D. Anthony Botkin at 740-413-0902. Follow him on Twitter @dabotkin.