Mar 21, 2018

CVR March 2018 Meeting


Obamacare has been a disaster for the people of Ohio and across the country, increasing the cost of health insurance, undermining the competitive insurance marketplace Ohio cultivated for decades, hurting job creation, mandating coverage but reducing insurance options, and creating a dependency on an unsustainable expectation of government-run coverage. As Insurance Director, Mary Taylor led the charge against Obamacare and an Ohio-based exchange. As Governor, she will advocate for the repeal of Obamacare and flexibility for states, and will implement in Ohio an approach that is fiscally sustainable and prioritizes access to care for the working poor, those with preexisting conditions, job creators, and those battling mental illness and addiction.


Throughout Anthony’s successful football and business career, he has always lived a life in deep gratitude and appreciation for Northeast Ohio and the values instilled in him from his loving family and the community he calls home. The grit, determination, and refusal to ever give up are the values he believes make Northeast Ohio so amazing and why this is the community in which he and his wife Elizabeth want to raise their future children.  Anthony believes that these values need to be represented honestly and passionately in Washington, D.C.

Northeast Ohio has given so much to him and his family, and now it is time to serve.

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Jim has a long history of leadership in our community. In 1991, he was elected to the first of four terms as a City Councilman in Independence. He also served four terms as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and was a member of the House leadership team.

Throughout his tenure in public service, Jim has worked to make government more innovative and responsive. Among his achievements, Jim is the legislative father of Ohio’s Third Frontier high technology jobs initiative, which has helped bring cutting-edge research and good-paying jobs to Ohio. He also led efforts to make Ohio’s colleges and universities more efficient, with a focus on college affordability and saving tax dollars. Trakas is committed to continuing this work as our next State Representative.

Jim’s public service has earned him widespread praise and numerous awards. He earned the United Conservatives of Ohio Watchdog of the Treasury four times in four terms as State Representative and was named Conservative Legislator of the Year. He earned the American Nationalities Movement Leadership Award, as well as awards from the Center for Families and Children, Ohio Biomedical Research Association, and dozens of other groups who recognized Jim for outstanding leadership.

Jim is the founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of American Online Learning Center, an online intervention program that helps people with issues such as substance abuse and addiction.

Trakas is a Greek Orthodox Christian and is a member of St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church in North Royalton, while his wife attends the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus in Slavic Village. Jim is on the Board of FOCUS