Working to provide a bright future for Ohio’s children.
As a father, public servant and children’s advocate, I believe strongly that we all have a shared obligation to ensure every child has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential. In order to meet that obligation, it is imperative that we provide Ohio’s children with a quality education and a safe place to learn and grow.
- When Lee and his wife Peggy were expecting their first child, Jason, they saw a TV show about the disappearance of a little boy in Florida named Adam Walsh. As a state legislator, Lee was disturbed to learn that Ohio had a better system for tracking missing cars than missing children. So he worked closely with John Walsh, Adam’s father, to write Ohio’s Missing Children law, which helps to prevent kidnappings and find missing children.
- As Attorney General, he created the first-ever children’s protection section and established Ohio’s Missing Children Clearinghouse. He also created the Rapid Response Team to assist with the local prosecution of child abusers. Another program, “Project Safe Schools,” was established to combat violence in schools through education, mediation, and intervention.
- As the head for seven years of the Center for Families and Children, a nationally-known family service nonprofit organization, Lee advocated for children, youth, adults and families throughout Northeastern Ohio. Lee made child care and early childhood education, behavioral health care, responsible fathering, and programs for at-risk youth his top priorities.
- Lee knows that funding education for our children is the best investment we can make in the future of Ohio and the country. He and Governor Strickland have led efforts to fairly fund and improve our educational system, such as providing for early childhood education, lowering class size, making college more affordable and accessible, rewarding innovation in education, and reducing our over-reliance on local property taxes to fund our schools.