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In political TV ads and in each of the three gubernatorial debates, Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray have clashed over state Issue 1. DeWine calls it a disaster that will make Ohio a safe haven for drug dealers. Cordray supports it as a plan to address criminal justice reform and drug addiction.
“It will cause more fentanyl to come into the state of Ohio. In Ohio, it will become, for under 20 grams, it will be a misdemeanor with no jail time at all,” DeWine said in Monday’s debate. “Where do you think the drug dealers are going to come, Richard?”
Cordray responded: “Drug cartels have flooded the state with fentanyl — on your watch. Fentanyl deaths went from 70 a year to 3,431 last year. Drug dealers have had a playground in Ohio while you’ve been asleep at the switch. You’ve been the fentanyl failure for all Ohio.”
Cordray also said he supports changing Ohio’s bail system from cash to a individual risk assessment. Bail has two purposes: make sure the accused shows up for court and to protect the public.
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The Baldwin Wallace poll, which was conducted Sept. 28 to Oct. 8, shows DeWine has 39.7 percent, Cordray 37.1 percent, Libertarian Travis Irvine has 4.3 percent, Ohio Green Party candidate Constance Gadell-Newton has 3.4 percent and 15.4 percent of voters are undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.
Opponents of Issue 1: DeWine, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Dayton Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Ohio Judicial Conference, Auditor Dave Yost and former U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach, state Reps. Keith Faber and Robert Sprague, Senate President Larry Obhof and Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith, Ohio State Bar Association, Buckeye Sheriff’s Association and others.
Supporters of Issue 1: Cordray, ACLU of Ohio, Ohio Justice and Policy Center, Policy Matters Ohio, Ohio Baptist State Convention, Ohio Education Association, musician and Springfield native John Legend, Ohio treasurer candidate Rob Richardson and the Chan Zuckerberg Advocacy.