LIMA – Susan Manchester has represented the 84th Ohio County in the Ohio House of Representatives since 2019. When the Waynesfield native was first elected, this county included parts of Dark, Shelby, Augleis, and all of Mercer counties. After the last 12 months of attempts by Ohio lawmakers to change the district, Manchester’s home district now includes part of the northern county of Auglais and the whole of Allen County.
Given these county boundaries, Manchester is fighting against J.W. J. Srinane at the primaries on August 2 to replace Bob Cap, limited in time.
Asked about the redistribution, Manchester shared: “It was a nightmare. I mean an absolute nightmare. I felt I had nothing to lose by continuing to work in Allen County and be present here. “
On Thursday, speaking in her newly confirmed county of Lima, Manchester spoke about working time in the Big Brothers, the Great Sisters of Lima. She said the experience allowed her to be a proponent of child rights in the legislature. Manchester has sponsored House 4, which, among other things, creates a program of ombudsmen for youth and family through the Department of Employment and Family Services. The ombudsman’s office will be tasked with investigating complaints from families who believe their case is not being handled properly.
“I believe this is a real opportunity for us to just add another layer of supervision and accountability to ensure we serve our children in the best way possible,” Manchester said to Lima club members Noon Sertoma and Kiwanis.
The law requires the State Agency for Children to pass on confidential information found during a child abuse investigation to any federal, state, or local government, including law enforcement.
Another bill that Manchester is proud of is the House of Representatives bill 95. Agriculture is a big business in Ohio and in the counties of Allen and Augleis in particular. This bill will provide a tax credit for mature farmers who are taking a qualified financial management course.
“Agriculture is a complex industry that you can just jump into. My goal was to create a tax credit for any retired farmer who wants to sell or lease their land or assets, Manchester said, and hopefully encourage retired farmers to look to the next generation to engage in this operation and give them some incentive to do so ”.
Susan Manchester MP (R-Waynesfield, 84th County)
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