|Education||2000 - J.D. University of Akron School of Law, Cum Laude 1997 - B.A. Kent State University, Magna Cum Laude 1993 - Diploma Lisbon David Anderson High School, Magna Cum Laude|
|Employer||Columbiana County (Treasurer's Office)|
|Family||Wife - Brandy Barborak / 4-year-old daughter Audrey / 2-year-old daughter Abigail|
|Family in office?||Cousin Gary Williams is former Columbiana County Recorder and County Commissioner and current Madison Township Trustee
Great-Aunt Veronica Wolski is former Columbiana County Recorder
Wife - Brandy is a teacher at Boardman Center Middle School
Sister - Virginia Barborak is an assistant prosecuting Attorney for Columbiana County
|Reasons for running||I have two young daughters. I want them to be able to stay right here in Columbiana County and raise their families. I am concerned that the opportunities that were there for me might not be there for them. We have to commit ourselves to fostering an environment in which businesses can grow and our communities can succeed. This will only be done through cooperation and not partisan grandstanding. I believe that I have the right temperament to work across party lines to achieve positive results for the people of Columbiana County.|
|Priorities||the most important issue facing us is lack of jobs. We must be committed to investing in infrastructure and education if we are to attract good jobs to our area. I am also committed to working across party lines to enact sensible policies for the State of Ohio. Good ideas do not come with party labels. Too often, we allow partisanship to override citizenship. I intend to work toward changing that.|
|Qualifications||I have 11 years experience as a small business owner during a very difficult economic period. I have been the Columbiana County Treasurer for nearly six years, overseeing the management and investment of $40 Million in public money. I was an assistant prosecuting attorney for 5 years, representing all county officials and agencies. I have a degree in law. I have a degree in political science. I served as an intern in the United States House of Representatives.|
|Positions on the issues||1. Horizontal fracking presents tremendous opportunities for our communities. I believe that we must proceed in a manner that encourages growth and productive utilization of our natural resources but also protects the rights of the property owners.
2. Our public schools are struggling because of deep funding cuts and because of new policies that make it easier for charter schools to obtain funding previously allocated for public schools. We have to invest in our public schools so that they are the best in the world. We also have to turn away from such heavy reliance on real estate taxes to fund our schools as it provides an inequitable system of education.
3. We must work toward energy independence. That means that we have to continue to develop the resources that we have been blessed with - coal, natural gas and potentially, oil. We must also proceed with alternative energy development which would include wind and solar. With an "all-of-the-above approach," I believe that we will benefit by lower energy costs and independence from foreign oil.
4. We have to always work to find ways to cut red tape and burdensome regulations on businesses so that they can produce jobs. I intend to dedicate a significant amount of my time in the legislature looking for areas to make it easier on small businesses.