This bio comes from the DDN voters guide- which I reposted here http://esrati.com/?p=8281
Bio: I am married with children and have lived in the Miami Valley for my adult life. A retired high school government teacher, I hold two degrees from Miami University and a MS in Economics from the University of Missouri.
Question 1: How will you deal with the continuing costs of military actions and the costs of domestic needs?
Answer 1: As for the military, I will strongly advocate for programs currently housed at Wright-Patterson AFB. These programs are essential for our 21st Century military obligations and are indispensable to the economic vitality of the Miami Valley. Domestically, I support social programs that expand opportunity. I also believe a society is judged by how it cares for those least capable. With funding tight, these are two areas that should be prioritized. Future funding considerations must occur within the context of their overall fiscal impact. To impose discipline on the appropriations process, I would support a pay as you go approach.
Question 2: What are the most important issues in this race?
Answer 2: The most important issue is the debt we have amassed and the promises we have made. Negotiations must commence immediately. All stakeholders must have a place at the table in these negotiations and be willing to compromise. All possible approaches must be considered, including program adjustments and elimination, as well as revenue enhancements. And above all, the strident, self-serving tone that has possessed Congress over the past year needs to cease when doing the people’s business. Resolving this fiscal issue will create an atmosphere of certainty, and spark the resurgence of vigorous economic growth and dynamic job creation.
From the video, you’ll find a retired Centerville school teacher, who presents himself well. He’s the guy who taught you a lot in your high school government class. He believes that by being a moderate he can somehow serve as a trusted mediator in congress and solve our problems. He thinks compromise is possible in the current congress and that we can see them look like adults (although they haven’t been able to do that for years). He obviously is well versed in legislation that has passed and who voted on what. A political junkie/policy wonk if you will.
He has some yard signs (which I neglected to take a picture of at the Fayette County Dems dinner) and a small handout available above right.
Mack is from Cleveland, like me, only he grew up on the West side and worked in the steel mills summers of his last two years of college.
Mack Van Allen
Democrat for U.S. Congress
To pursue policies that provide jobs for the working and middle classes
To bring back fairness and equity to the people
To achieve fiscal responsibility
Mack Van Allen March 6th
Paid by The Commtttee to Elect Mack V11n Allen to Congress Treasurer, Patricia Drake
He’s missed a few candidates nights, so I have fewer videos of him than most.
Mack is in a 6 way race to run against Congressman Mike Turner in the newly redrawn OH-10 district that includes all of Montgomery and Greene Counties and the northern part of Fayette County.
His opponents are David Esrati (author of this site and producer of all the videos), Olivia Freeman, Tom McMasters, Sharen Neuhardt and Ryan Steele.