Three Democrats are vying March 6 for the right to face Republican Mike Duffey in the fall to represent the 21st Ohio House District.

Three Democrats are vying March 6 for the right to face Republican Mike Duffey in the fall to represent the 21st Ohio House District.

David Donofrio, Donna O'Connor and David Robinson will be on the March 6 Democratic ballot for the district, which includes portions of Dublin, Hilliard, Worthington and northwest Columbus.

Donofrio, a Dublin resident and Scioto High School alumni, graduated from Wittenberg University in 2009 with a political science degree and boasts experience serving the community as an Ohio Legislative Service Commission Fellow and deputy clerk for Franklin County Municipal Court.

O'Connor, a Coffman High School special education teacher, resides in Dublin with her husband and fellow Dublin teacher, Roger Rabold, and sons, Colin, 5, and Reid, 3.

Robinson, senior vice president of Marcy Enterprises Inc., resides in Worthington with his wife and two daughters. He previously ran for the 21st Ohio House District seat in 2010 and was a 2008 candidate to represent Ohio's 12th Congressional District.

While working at the Statehouse through a fellowship, Donofrio said he saw two bills that could improve Ohio's economy through ending tax breaks and subsidies for companies that send jobs overseas and lowering the threshold for job creation in the Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit to let smaller companies get the incentives.

"I will reintroduce these bills on day one, should I be privileged to serve as your representative," he said. "Further, the promise of 'green' energy has already proven under the previous administration to make Ohio a leader, as the energy industry here now has more jobs from the wind industry than coal "

Ohio is facing difficulties, O'Connor said, and must shift its economy to meet the needs of the 21st century.

"We urgently need investments, not cuts, in protecting what makes our communities safe, in children and the public schools that serve them, in supporting the middle class and in jobs for now and for future generations," she said. "I plan on supporting this type of legislation as a representative."

If elected, Robinson said he'll focus on jobs that use the state's natural strengths.

"I'll focus on 'real job creation,' by which I mean jobs that arise from and are based on our state's inherent and historical strengths - applied technology, manufacturing and assembly, advanced materials science, logistics, biotechnology, and agricultural sciences, to name a few - and are outgrowths of a spirit of innovation, enabled by policies that foster a natural cooperation between private and public sectors, between industry and our educational, (research and development) institutions," he said.

Ohio's form of school funding is constantly in flux after being ruled unconstitutional. O'Connor said she'd like to see the state pay more rather than depending on local property taxes to fund schools.

"I believe that Gov. Ted Strickland's evidence-based model that was based on student needs, research-based and phased in over a period of time had Ohio moving in the right direction regarding funding for our public education system," she said.

According to Robinson, school funding should be restored.

"Full transparency and disclosure should be required of charter schools, vouchers should not be expanded, and our funding model should be broad-based and recognize the particular needs and requirements of particular students in each district," he said.

Donofrio supports an evidence-based model of school funding and increasing state aid to districts from 39 to 60 percent.

"Districts like Dublin which want to invest more in their districts are still able to do so, but the majority of funding will arrive through the evidence-based model in a 'fair and equitable' manner," he said. "These reforms were so innovative that Ohio was one of 10 states awarded federal Race to the Top funds in 2010."