Friends of Todd LeVeck
State House of Representatives, Ohio 16th District in OH http://www.leveckforohio.com
Primary Election Date: 2014-05-06 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
I am a public school teacher, Navy veteran, father of three small children, married 22 years to my lovely wife Naomi. I currently teach computer programming and serve as the Athletic Director at Max S. Hayes High School in Cleveland, Ohio.
Why am I running?
I am running because I feel that my current representative is not looking out for the interests of middle class families in our district. As a public school teacher, I have seen first hand how special interests have put our schools and local governments at risk. My opponent has aligned herself with special interests and extreme agendas that embrace a failed "trickle-down" economic model while attacking the rights of women, workers, and the middle class.
My top three policy goals while in office are:
Restoring cuts to the local government fund that have put pressure on local governments and homeowners.
Addressing Ohio's school funding problem (our school funding model is unconstitutional).
Closing failing for-profit charter schools and investing in our public schools and in early childhood education and career and technical education.
My DFA Values
I will stand up for our public schools by ensuring that they are properly funded and able to provide a quality education to all our children. I will stand up for our senior citizens by opposing cuts to tax relief that so many of our seniors rely upon to make ends meet.
As an educator and a Navy veteran, I know the importance of investing in our children and in providing for the safety of our citizens. I have seen first-hand how global economic interests have pulled our nation into "wars of choice", and I have also seen how our troops have been stretched thin while contractors and private interests have profited during these wars.
I believe that people should have the right to worship as they choose (or not) without being pressured to meet the standard of a majority faith. I believe that people should have the right to marry whomever they choose and have all the rights/privileges of marriage regardless of gender or sexual orientation. I believe that we must aggressively resist further intrusion into our personal lives.
My Campaign is People Powered!
I have a core of supporters and like-minded constituents who are excited to have a fresh face on the political scene in Northeast Ohio. I have never held an elected office, but I am excited about the opportunity that lies ahead. I was active as a leader in my union when we opposed the attack on collective bargaining known as Senate Bill 5 in Ohio, and led buses of teachers to the state house to demonstrate. We made over 500,000 phone calls in that campaign, and I was a member of our leadership team that was integral part of the coalition that led the repeal of the law in a referendum in 2011.