ONUMBA.COM – A conversation with State Rep. Alicia Reece, Ohio House of Representatives, representing District 33
Ike Mgbatogu – Let me start by asking you to introduce yourself to our readers – your hometown, your background, the district you represent, and of course, whatever else you would like to say about yourself.
State Representative Alicia Reece – My name is Alicia Reece. I am a state Representative for the 33rd district from Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have previously served as the Vice Mayor and City Council member for the city of Cincinnati from 1995 to 2005. My other skill set is marketing and ad promotion. I worked in my family’s business several years back and also served under the Strickland administration as the assistant director of Tourism for the state of Ohio, rebranding and marketing the state for Tourism. Mgbatogu – The governor recently signed the $55.8 billion bi-annual budget, cutting funding to education, local government, school districts, and others. What’s your general take on the governor’s budget? Rep. Reece –The governor basically balances the budget on the backs of the middle class and other working poor. They are the ones who are going to absorb all of these major cuts, cuts in Daycare services, cuts in health care services. We also give a bad impression that Ohio is in trouble because everything is for sale, almost like a yard sale, we are privatizing prisons, selling it without given appraisals for what the prisons are actually worth. We are talking about leasing out the turnpike, so all of our assets are at risk in this budget. It is just a bad budget.
Mgbatogu – Opponents of SB 5 will try to overturn the law in the November Ballot. How would you assess the chances of SB 5 being struck down by Ohio voters? Rep. Reece – I think it has a strong chance of being repealed. I am confident that we are going to have a strong showing. It is a matter of turnout. But also understand that it’s going to go up against big money. So you are going to have what I call David Versus Goliath [fight]. And I certainly think that the will of the people will prevail. Mgbatogu – Gov. Strickland lost the last election to Republican John Kasich by 2 percentage points. Strickland being the incumbent, that’s rare. What happened? What went wrong? Why did the governor lose? Continue Reading