Hudson — Hudson resident and attorney David Worhatch is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for Ohio 37th District State Representative in the May 6 primary election. No other Democrat filed.
The 37th District for the Ohio House of Representatives includes the cities of Hudson, Macedonia, Stow, and Twinsburg, the villages of Munroe Falls, Northfield, Reminderville, and Silver Lake, Northfield Center and Twinsburg Townships, and the 8th Ward of the city of Cuyahoga Falls, all in Summit County.
Worhatch is an employee rights attorney in his 35th year of practice since graduating from the Notre Dame Law School in 1979. His law office has been located in Stow since 1995.
Worhatch was elected in 1991 as a Hudson Township Trustee and became a member of the first City Council after the township and village merged in 1994. He ran unsuccessfully for the State House in 2000.
Worhatch said he made his decision to challenge incumbent State Rep. Kristina Roegner after reviewing her legislative record since she defeated the Democrat [for the then-42nd District] who held the seat until 2010. The present 37th District area was formed with the redistricting in 2012.
“I think Kristina’s record can be described mostly as counterproductive and divisive,” Worhatch said. “At a time when legislators should be working across party lines to find solutions that meet Ohio’s economic challenges, Kristina is advocating extreme policies that offer no chance for compromise or genuine legislative success, and our state’s economy has suffered because of it.”
Worhatch said policies have harmed Ohio families and done nothing to bring needed jobs to the state.
“The pendulum has swung in favor of the employer, and families suffer,” Worhatch said. “Employers don’t have to worry about any repercussions for wrongfully dismissing an employee.”
Employees become discouraged and move to another state, he said.
“We can’t attract people from elsewhere because our laws aren’t protecting the rights of individuals in the workplace,” Worhatch said. “That requires a climate in which workers feel loyalty and dedication to the respective employers.”
To grow the economy, the area needs good paying jobs, Worhatch said. Pittsburgh retrained steel workers for different types of industry. It made an investment in its workforce.
He also said her record displays a “callous disregard” for the needs of local communities and schools in the area.
“School funding has not been addressed and I’m dedicating myself to working out a comprehensive solution for this problem,” Worhatch said.
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