It's time to learn about the candidates on the November 08 ballot. This is a BIG election that will affect our daily lives. Meet Scott Schertzer, candidate for the State Treasurer of Ohio.
Scott Schertzer is running for Ohio Treasurer because he wants to bring true balance back to government. Republicans have had control of Ohio for the past 30 years, resulting in few checks and balances amongst the judiciary, executive, and legislative branches and leading to a culture of corruption. The ousting of disgraced Republican Representative Larry Householder and the First Energy political bribery scandal also involving Governor Mike DeWine are key examples.
If elected as State Treasurer he is committed to bringing this same level of community service to Columbus as he brought to his hometown, adding, “We have suffered from a culture of corruption in Columbus, but as mayor I didn’t have time to focus on the negative and as State Treasurer there is too much positive work to be done to mire ourselves in the muck of the past 25 years of leaders who looked out only for themselves.” He has made a promise to be trusted as Ohio Treasurer to watch over every dollar invested by the state and guard against corruption with integrity and transparency.
Schertzer says, “I will be that fiscal conservative because I think it’s what the voters want. I think that’s how we all operate in our own personal home finances.” One of his priorities will be to look at the treasurer's designated appointments to the state’s five pension boards, especially the State Teachers Retirement System.
Schertzer has been the Mayor of Marion, OH for 15 years. This position has given him the experience needed to step up for statewide office. As Mayor, he has led the city through the Great Recession, the opioid epidemic, and the Covid-19 pandemic. He credits much of his success as mayor to collaboration and cooperation. He says, “As mayor, you get a spoonful of reality with each morning cup of coffee. You face the problems and the challenges in your community because you feel them first hand through your family, your friends and your neighbors. There’s no room for grandstanding, playing politics or empty rhetoric. You have to roll up your sleeves and go to work every day because there is no going home until the job is done.” Early in his career, Schertzer worked for State Treasurer of Ohio Mary Ellen Withrow. He applauds Withrow as an inspiration to him, saying, “she was instrumental in developing my commitment to integrity and transparency in public service.” Withrow influenced Schertzer’s decision to run for City Council in his hometown of Marion. He served there for 9 years before being elected Mayor in 2008.
For 13 years, Schertzer was a public middle school history teacher. In 2018 he was chosen as the President of the Ohio Municipal League, a group of mayors who share solutions for the challenges facing our cities.
Schertzer worked on Sherrod Brown’s re-election campaign for Secretary of State right after graduating from high school in the early 1990s. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Toledo.
Schertzer is endorsed by ProChoice Ohio and Planned Parenthood. Abortion may not seem to be an issue for discussion in a State Treasurer’s race, but Schertzer points out that anti-abortion policies are “not good for economic development in the state. We need to be able to attract women to the state of Ohio. If there is a labor shortage in the state and there are so many jobs to fill, why would you do something like the governor and the Republicans have that's going to shun women away from the state of Ohio?” Other endorsements for Schertzer include the Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters, AFL-CIO, UAW, LiUNA, Ohio Education Association, Ohio Federation of Teachers, Ohio Association of Public School Employees, Ohio Laborers, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, United Mine Workers of America, numerous Democratic women’s groups in Ohio, and more.
About the position:
The Treasurer’s office collects and holds taxes and fees and manages state investments. The office serves small businesses through various programs ad efforts, government partners through policy, and financial institutions and investors through funding and development.
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