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Each year WOOSE sends a questionnaire to political candidates for local offices. Below are the responses from each candidate who replied.

Offices and candidates are listed in the order as found at the Franklin County Board of Elections website.

State Senator, 3rd District

Emil Kreider did not respond.

David Goodman

1. OSU controls the operation of the 6th busiest airport in Ohio and is actively perusing additional corporate business. Is this the proper function of an educational institution?

OSU should be in the business of educating and all activities that enhance that responsibility. It's probably a necessary administrative function.

2. Would you support a Regional Airport Master Plan to consider the best and highest use of all airports in the Central Ohio Region?

Yes.

3. In the past two years, have you flown into or out of Don Scott Field?

No.

4. Would you support measures to increase security for general aviation facilities such as Don Scott Field? How so?

Yes, Homeland Security Funds, Education line items.

5. If elected, what steps would you take to address resident's concerns about aircraft noise, pollution, and safety issues of the airport's physical and corporate expansion?

I have been working on an ongoing basis with the community on this issue. I have made several calls and met with University officials to make sure their complying with the agreement they have made with our community.

6. The OSU Board of Trustees has approved the transfer of some properties they own at the airport to the State of Ohio. Do you support the use of state tax dollars to purchase these properties?

It must be transaction that complies with all ethics requirements and must be in the best interest of the State of Ohio.

Comments:

There is a great deal of frustration surrounding this issue. It is understandable. I have had a difficult time over the years getting OSU to take action on issues important to our community. I have received their assurances that they will work with our community in an open and fair process in administering and planning for Don Scott Field's future. I intend to hold them to their promises. And I will continue to work with all of you so that you can inform me of any problems so I can then continue to take action on your behalf. I have met with representatives of WOOSE on many occasions and I hope that you all feel that I have been responsive to your needs as I have not heard otherwise.

State Representative, 21st District

Dean C. Hernandez did not respond.

Kevin Bacon

1. OSU controls the operation of the 6th busiest airport in Ohio and is actively perusing additional corporate business. Is this the proper function of an educational institution?

While I believe that flight training for students is an appropriate function I find the corporate aspect of the OSU airport to be unusual. That being said, I currently am not aware as to how many public universities engage in this type of activity.

2. Would you support a Regional Airport Master Plan to consider the best and highest use of all airports in the Central Ohio Region?

Based on my current knowledge of what the master plan would entail I support this concept. I would be interested, however, first in reviewing any such details and working with the interested parties prior to endorsing a specific proposal.

3. In the past two years, have you flown into or out of Don Scott Field?

No.

4. Would you support measures to increase security for general aviation facilities such as Don Scott Field? How so?

Yes. While the state government has limited jurisdiction I would serve as a liaison between the residents of Worthington and surrounding communities to the FAA and OSU.

5. If elected, what steps would you take to address resident's concerns about aircraft noise, pollution, and safety issues of the airport's physical and corporate expansion?

I have attended WOOSE meetings to better understand the concerns of the community. I have also toured the Don Scott airport so that I could see the facilities first hand. I will continue my efforts to stay connected with the residents so that I know, first hand, the concerns of the community. While airport regulation falls primarily within the auspices of the federal government I will work with the residents to facilitate communication with our congressional delegation, the FAA and OSU.

6. The OSU Board of Trustees has approved the transfer of some properties they own at the airport to the State of Ohio. Do you support the use of state tax dollars to purchase these properties?

I will first have to become more familiar with this issue before responding.

State Representative, 22nd District

John Patrick Carney

1. OSU controls the operation of the 6th busiest airport in Ohio and is actively perusing additional corporate business. Is this the proper function of an educational institution?

No.

2. Would you support a Regional Airport Master Plan to consider the best and highest use of all airports in the Central Ohio Region?

Yes, I would absolutely support a Regional Airport Master Plan for Central Ohio.

3. In the past two years, have you flown into or out of Don Scott Field?

No.

4. Would you support measures to increase security for general aviation facilities such as Don Scott Field? How so?

Airport security continues to be an important security issue for our country as a whole. I would support looking into additional security measures as appropriate and encourage the FAA to adapt standard best practices that apply to all general aviation facilities such as Don Scott Field.

5. If elected, what steps would you take to address resident's concerns about aircraft noise, pollution, and safety issues of the airport's physical and corporate expansion?

As a new office holder, it would be important for me to hear citizens concerns on the important issues mentioned above. An open forum for citizen input would be a good first step in gathering citizens concerns. It would also be important to gather information on existing regulations and practices specific to Don Scott Field. Following the information gathering period, prioritizing citizens concerns and creating a detailed action plan would be the next step in the process.

6. The OSU Board of Trustees has approved the transfer of some properties they own at the airport to the State of Ohio. Do you support the use of state tax dollars to purchase these properties?

I do not have all the information needed on this issue to indicate if I support or oppose the purchase of these properties.

Comments:

Thanks for your support and I would be happy to discuss further your concerns with Don Scott Field. I would also appreciate any additional information you could send along to our team on the above issues.

Jim Hughes

1. OSU controls the operation of the 6th busiest airport in Ohio and is actively perusing additional corporate business. Is this the proper function of an educational institution?

Corporate business is acceptable as long as it doesn't interfere with educational and research missions of the airport and does not impose hardship on surrounding communities.

2. Would you support a Regional Airport Master Plan to consider the best and highest use of all airports in the Central Ohio Region?

A Regional Master Plan for central Ohio airports could be useful in coordinating aviation resources.

I am open to this process going forward, but would need to study a specific plan and consult with affected parties to determine if it is fair to all stakeholders.

3. In the past two years, have you flown into or out of Don Scott Field?

I have not flown in or out of Don Scott Field in the last two years.

4. Would you support measures to increase security for general aviation facilities such as Don Scott Field? How so?

Homeland security concerns make airport security an important issue. We can't take every security measure at every airport, but should critically evaluate security needs; prioritize them; and coordinate federal, state, and local authorities and resources to systematically address them. Given the volume of traffic and suburban setting at Don Scott Field, it would be logical to include it in this evaluation.

I will work with local residents, community groups, and relevant authorities to ensure that Don Scott Field receives proper consideration.

5. If elected, what steps would you take to address resident's concerns about aircraft noise, pollution, and safety issues of the airport's physical and corporate expansion?

I frequently discuss Don Scott Field with local residents, civic groups, municipal authorities, pilots, and OSU administrators. The Advisory Committee that is reviewing operations at Don Scott Field and the new noise monitoring and complaint system are positive steps; both should be inclusive and responsive to community concerns to the maximum extent practicable. The noise system needs to be fully operational as soon as possible. I support a rigorous Part 150 study to obtain reliable data about current and future airport operations, how they impact surrounding communities, and how to mitigate those impacts. I will work with local residents, community groups, and relevant authorities to fund and coordinate mitigation measures.

6. The OSU Board of Trustees has approved the transfer of some properties they own at the airport to the State of Ohio. Do you support the use of state tax dollars to purchase these properties?

Whether it is appropriate to transfer land depends on the need to do so; the economics, legal issues (FAA requirements, endowment restrictions, etc.), and potential uses of the property involved; and the impact on airport operations and surrounding neighborhoods. These facts are needed to evaluate a proposed transfer.

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