CLEVELAND – If you live in the new Ohio Senate District 20, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is a big issue this election. The district includes areas of Marcellus shale, Utica shale, and the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly-contained watershed in Ohio. The incumbent Senator, Troy Balderson, voted for Gov. John Kasich’s fracking bill, S.B. 315. His challenger, Teresa Scarmack, opposes several of its key provisions.
Ohio Citizen Action has prepared a free voter education fact sheet for anyone in the district to download and distribute. The factsheet describes the issues involved in S.B. 315, and sets out the candidates’ records and positions on the issue. For more information, and tips on how to distribute the fact sheets, call Nathan Rutz at (216) 861-5200.
— Paul Ryder, Assistant Director, Ohio Citizen Action