The Nov. 4 general-election ballot will include three candidates vying to represent the 24th Ohio House District.

The Nov. 4 general-election ballot will include three candidates vying to represent the 24th Ohio House District.

Republican Stephanie Kunze, a one-term incumbent, faces two challengers in Democrat Kathy Hoff and Libertarian Mark Noble.

Kunze served three years on Hilliard City Council before she was elected in 2012 to the Ohio House of Representatives.

Hoff is seeking her first elected office while Noble has campaigned for several previous offices.

Kunze, 44, lives in Hilliard with her husband, Matt. They have two daughters in Hilliard City Schools.

Kunze said she has gained the experience necessary to be an even more effective leader and desires to continue representing the constituents of the 24th District.

"My top priority will continue to be economic development and job growth in Ohio," Kunze said. "We've been moving in the right direction, but more works remains to be done."

Those efforts include the support of House Bill 5, which awaits its fate in the Senate, Kunze said.

House Bill 5 streamlines the municipal income-tax filing process for employers with workers in multiple taxing districts, typically contractors and other companies in the construction business, Kunze said.

"We need to be making the municipal tax code more business friendly and less burdensome on companies, especially the small business owners," Kunze said.

During her first term, Kunze said, she was proud to have been the sponsor of a law prohibiting the sale of alternative nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, to minors, and of co-sponsoring a new law requiring parental consent for the prescription of drugs such as Percocet and Vicodin, which are considered to lead to addictions.

Hoff, 51, lives in Hilliard and is dean of Student Central at DeVry University. She has a 21-year-old daughter who is a senior at Kent State University.

Hoff said concern about the state of public education fueled her decision to seek election as a state representative.

"I'm concerned with (the reduction) of state funding to public schools," Hoff said. "I think it is putting a lot of (districts) at risk."

State budget funds should be reallocated to increase those available for public schools, Hoff said, which could include taking a closer look at the amount of money Ohio forwards to future budgets.

Concerning the Common Core State Standards, Hoff said, she does not support a proposed repeal because she agrees with the qualitative standards.

However, Hoff said, she sees a "disconnect" between what the standards are intended to achieve and what students are accomplishing.

"I believe there needs to be reform in a few areas to establish best practices," she said, including the Third-Grade Reading Guarantee, the role of achievement in teacher evaluations and excessive testing requirements.

Noble, 38, lives in Clintonville with his wife, Loretta, and their 2-year-old daughter. They are expecting a son.

He is a software engineer for ECOT, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

Noble said his campaign for state representative is the "right fit" for him to achieve his goals and introduce the platform of the Libertarian party.

Noble said he previously campaigned for lieutenant governor, U.S. Congress, state representative and Columbus City Council.

"It's the place where a lot of things are decided and the right size race for me," Noble said.

Noble said he has issues with several laws and calls the government too "heavy-handed."

He said licenses should not be a requirement to marry, citing their origins as a means to prohibit specific people from marrying, and is critical of the state's involvement in providing incentives to boost the private-sector business climate.

Concerning public-school funding, Noble said, each child should have a "funding backpack" that would follow the student to any district, even those in another state.

"As a Libertarian, I would have the advantage of getting Republicans and Democrats to consider other ideas (and) reducing partisan gridlock," Noble said.

The 24th Ohio House District includes four municipalities and eight townships in western Franklin County.

It includes Hilliard, Upper Arlington, the village of Harrisburg, part of Columbus that includes the neighborhood of Clintonville, all of Brown and Pleasant townships and parts of Franklin, Norwich, Perry, Prairie, Sharon and Washington townships.