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David G. Cox Ohio Senate 19th District

Office sought: 
David G. Cox Ohio Senate 19th District


David Cox earned a J.D. from Capital University Law School in 1989. Cox's career experience includes working as an attorney.[1]

What would be your top three priorities, if elected?

1) get money out of politics and convene a state and federal constitution convention to overturn citizen's united

2) provide universal health care for everyone

3) increase the minimum wage to a living wage[5][6]

What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about? Why?

i am passionate about sustainable agriculture. as a former organic vegetable farmer, i know for a fact that the agri-business model of factory farming is not good for the environment, not good for the quality of food produced, and not good for the health and nutrition of the consumers. i would advocate for an alternative food production system that does not rely on chemical and genetic inputs. a true sustainable agricultural production system relies on cover crops, organic methods, crop rotation, rotational grazing, diversification of crops, and supplying the local market instead of the global market. let the agri-business factory farms supply the world's food; let local sustainable farmers supply the united states' food.

Ballotpedia also asked the candidate a series of optional questions. david g cox answered the following:

What characteristics or principles are most important for an elected official? 

i believe the most important characteristic for an elected official is to leave the ego at the door and do what is right for all citizens. i believe that an elected official needs to serve the public, not the official, and that focusing on the long term instead of the short term yields more productive results.[6]
—david g cox

What qualities do you possess that you believe would make you a successful officeholder? 

i worked for ohio's government for 14 years prosecuting polluters, i have worked as an attorney for 29 years interpreting and applying the law, i have represented farmers and consumers all over the country in their effort to produce and obtain the foods of their choice, i have lived a long life and understand human nature and that all people want to be loved, respected, cared for and appreciated. i am tolerant of differences, i am detail oriented, i have a laser focus, i am a collaborator, a creative thinker, am determined and do not accept failure as an option, and have a good sense of humor to help me through the difficult times.[6]
—david g cox

What legacy would you like to leave? 

as a friend of mine once said, the measure of a man is how well he has been a father to his children. i hope i leave my two children a legacy that is based on love, compassion, understanding, tolerance, persistence and determination. i hope my legacy improves the lives of ordinary citizens, gets money out of politics, and returns our democracy to the people and not to institutions.[6]
—david g cox

What was your very first job? How long did you have it? 

my very first job was working as a high school junior at the local kentucky fried chicken. i worked there my junior year until my family moved during my senior year in high school.[6]
—david g cox

Do you believe that it's beneficial for state legislators to have previous experience in government or politics? 

i believe it's beneficial for state legislators to have government experience so they can understand how government works, what its limitations are, and what its authority is. i do not think a legislator needs political experience. a person does not need political experience to know how to better society. politicians are not smarter than other people, do not have more insight than other people, and do not have any more gifts or talents than other people. the best legislators are those who are non-partisan, who put the people first and business second, who want all people to prosper and grow, and who understand that an economy prospers when people have more money in their pockets. professional politicians do not make the best legislators. because of the influence of money in our corrupt political system, it seems that professional politicians care only about getting re-elected.[6]
—david g cox

What do you perceive to be your state's greatest challenges over the next decade? 

ohio's greatest challenge over the next decade is overcoming the effects of the general assembly's gerrymandering of our districts. for example, the state senate 19th district consists of delaware and knox counties in their entirety, and also a tiny sliver of franklin county. ohio's general assembly has gerrymandered ohio's districts in such a manner that there is 19% bias in favor of the republican party. this means that for republicans to gain 50% of the available seats, they only need 41.5% of the vote. for democrats, however, to gain 50% of the seats they would need to get 59.5% of the vote. ohio's secretary of state is also cutting voting hours, absentee voting hours, early voting hours, and making it more difficult, not less difficult, to exercise the right to vote. ohio's democracy is in jeopardy because of the political machinations of the general assembly and the secretary of state.[6]
—david g cox

Do you believe it's beneficial to build relationships with other legislators? Please explain your answer. 

i believe it is crucial for legislators to build relationships. legislators need to focus on issues that everyone agrees with, rather than focusing on divisive issues. for example, we all agree that the economy works best when people have money in their pocket. this means a living wage, not a starvation wage. we also all agree our infrastructure needs improvement. this means government needs to raise revenue to spend on infrastructure, rather than outsourcing infrastructure to private interests. we also all agree that we all need clean air and water to breathe and drink. this means we need to husband and protect our natural resources and not give them away to private industry. we all agree that our children need a good education. this means that we invest in our public schools instead of siphoning off tax dollars to charter school so they can privately benefit.[6]
—david g cox

What process do you favor for redistricting? 

redistricting has been shown to be a political tool to keep the republican party in power in ohio. redistricting should be done by a commission of private citizens instead of being done by the legislator.[6]
—david g cox

Both sitting legislators and candidates for office hear many personal stories from the residents of their district. Is there a story that you've heard that you found particularly touching, memorable, or impactful? 

i have a friend who is suffering from opiate addiction. this friend has tried to obtain treatment but nobody has been helpful. either insurance, or lack of it, is an issue, or the addiction my friend has cannot be treated by some providers, who simply shuffle my friend from provider to provider. with universal health care, my friend's addiction would be treated as a government service and there would not be any passing of the buck.[6]

The two party system has failed our country and alternatives need to be available, so become Green.[1][6]

—David Cox, 2018

He added:

Gary has a family history of military service, from his father who served 20 years in the Air Force, to his youngest brother who is a combat chaplain in the Navy and served with the Marines at Fallujah, to his grandfather who fought at Guadalcanal as a Seabee in the Navy in WWII, to that grandfather's brother who fought in the Big Red One in WWII. Gary, however, does not believe in war.[1][6]