Incumbent Cheryl Grossman faces two challengers Nov. 2 in the race for 23rd Ohio House District representative.

Incumbent Cheryl Grossman faces two challengers Nov. 2 in the race for 23rd Ohio House District representative.

Facing Republican Grossman are Democrat Steven Harp and Libertarian Casey Borders.

Grossman, 59, of Grove City, is serving her first term in the House. She was Grove City mayor from 1996 to 2008. She also served on Grove City Council and as council president. She is married to Ron Grossman.

She said her top priority is jobs.

"Not only is it important to attract new jobs to Ohio, we must also make certain we retain the jobs we already have. It is important for Ohio to become a leader in technology. We must offer job opportunities to our college graduates in order to keep them here. We as a state must find ways to make doing business in Ohio a goal for all," she wrote on her campaign web site, cherylgrossmanforohio.com.

Employment growth is the best way to improve health care, she said. "If we can get more people employed through the creation of new jobs, the burden on our state Medicaid system will be reduced."

Grossman wants to reduce taxes, particularly for senior citizens, and eliminate the death tax. "I believe that our state can be more efficient in how we spend taxpayers' money and pursue mass purchases in many areas. Accountability of all funds is a very high priority."

She favors a re-evaluation of education funding. "The tax burden on our property owners to fund schools is not the answer."

Grossman also said she supports energy conservation and keeping police properly equipped.

Harp, 38, of Columbus, served as a civil-affairs specialist in the Army and Army Reserves and is a veteran of the first Gulf War, according to his web site (http://electstevenharp.com). He works in Time Warner Cable's system-engineering division and has a startup business under the Veterans Affairs Certified Service Disabled Small Business Owner designation.

Harp describes himself as a "regular working guy" who has to "make my dollar stretch more and more every day."

He is married to Dayna Harp.

On his website, he lists his top issue as jobs, education, veterans, seniors and energy.

"We need jobs that pay enough to support our families and give us a little extra pocket change," he said. "We, the Ohio General Assembly, need to take the lead in the discussion on how to increase businesses and jobs for Ohioans."

He lists priorities such as ensuring sound funding is in place for education, supporting veterans in their return to civilian life, developing alternative energy sources and making sure seniors have access to heat, medicine and groceries.

Borders, 30, of Grove City, has two degrees from DeVry University and has worked for contractors on air-traffic and air-defense systems, and military training simulation applications. He is completing a master's at Ohio State University. He is married to Natasha Borders.

On his campaign web site, www.caseyborders.com, Borders is critical of the present tax system.

"If I'm elected to office, I would consistently vote against any tax raises until our budget and our spending are thoroughly addressed. ... Our government is currently spending our money unwisely and raising taxes to generate more capital using threats against our public safety or our children's education to convince us to allow it."

Borders also wrote, "The founding fathers of our country did not include any stipulations in our constitution regarding income taxes because they believed that no popularly elected official would be so corrupt as to take more than 10 percent of someone's pay."

He also supports the Second Amendment, which deals with keeping and bearing arms, by saying, "This amendment gives us the right to defend the other nine (amendments in the Bill of Rights) when the First Amendment is no longer sufficient."

He said the Ohio amendment banning gay marriage "is based on an antiquated set of Judeo-Christian values. Such legislation, in itself, is unconstitutional and undermines the separation of church and state."