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LWV League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area Education Fund
Hamilton, Clermont County, OH November 6, 2007 Election
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Nicolas Schmelzer
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Board Member; Forest Hills Local School District


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. What are your qualifications for office? (50 word limit)

I am a 39 year-old husband and father of five children ranging in ages from 7 months to 7 years. I work as a corporate tax attorney for Ashland Inc. in Covington, Kentucky. My judgment, experience, and priorities make me a strong candidate for school board.

2. What plans do you have to address your top three priorities? (100 word limit)

Academics has to be the number one priority. Our school board needs to stay focused on academic excellence. I believe we need to invest more in the math and science curriculums in order to produce students that are best able to compete in this global economy. This investment should be focused on attracting and retaining the best teachers available (especially in the math and sciences), and encouraging more extracurricular activities involving academics (especially in the math and sciences).

3. What is your position on amending the Ohio Constitution with regard to the funding of public schools? (150 word limit)?

Constitutions should protect people from their governments. I am generally opposed to constitutional amendments that do not serve this essential purpose. I am also generally opposed to attempts to circumvent the regular legislative process through constitutional amendments. Otherwise, this is a question for the voters and their legislators - not for school board members, especially candidates like myself that prefer to stay focused on local issues (such as academic excellence) rather than political issues.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. Word limits apply for each question. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

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