2018 Ohio US Senate Candidate Guide

Sherrod Brown (D) vs Jim Renacci (R)

US Senate | Election | Nov 6, 2018

The Candidates

Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown

Democrat

Incumbent
Jim Renacci

Jim Renacci

Republican

The Issues

Campaign Finance

Require political ads to disclose their largest funders?

Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Climate Change

Consider human-caused climate change a serious threat?

Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases? Support US participation in Paris Climate Accord?

Contraception

Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

Jim Renacci (R)

Likely yes. Obamacare requirement for faith-affiliated employers like hospitals to provide contraceptive coverage was “an assault on religious freedom.”

Courts

Support Brett Kavanaugh nomination? (before recent allegations).

Economy

Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

Support President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?

Education

Vouchers to send children to private schools with public money?

Sherrod Brown (D)

No. Longtime opponent.

Environment

Support cutbacks of Environmental Protection Administration?

Sherrod Brown (D)

No. Strongly opposes.

Financial Regulation

Support Trump administration’s proposed cutbacks of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

Healthcare

Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare?

Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

Immigration

Support DACA, allowing “Dreamers” who arrived illegally as children, then grew up in the US, to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?

Iran

Withdraw from treaty limiting Iran’s nuclear capability & lifting some sanctions?

Marijuana

Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?

Jim Renacci (R)

Opposes recreational legalization. Watch how medical implementation goes. Voted against protecting states from federal intervention.

Minimum Wage

Raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25/hr?

Sherrod Brown (D)

Yes. Phase in increase to $15.

Jim Renacci (R)

Likely No. Rejected 2013 increase to $10.10

Net Neutrality

Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

Sherrod Brown (D)

Yes. Strong supporter.

Jim Renacci (R)

No recent statements found. Has previously opposed regulations supporting Net Neutrality.

President Trump

Percentage of key votes supporting Trump’s positions.

Sherrod Brown (D)

28% as of September.

Jim Renacci (R)

94% as of September.

Privatization

Support full or partial privatization of Social Security?

Student Debt & Financial Aid

Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on high earners (Elizabeth Warren proposal)?

Voting Rights

Support stricter voting rules like photo-ID requirements?

Jim Renacci (R)

Unknown.

Other senate candidates include Philena Farley (G). Can’t include due to space, but check out her website.

Key sites consulted included Votesmart.org, OntheIssues.org, FactCheck.org, Politifact.com, & public candidate statements. For guides to local races, see Vote411.org from the League of Women Voters & Ballotready.org.