Ohio voters deserve to know where a candidate stands on taxes and spending. The good news is five Republican candidates, in their bid to become the next Congressional Representative of the 15th District of Ohio, have done just that by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: a written commitment to voters that, if elected, they will “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”  

Mike Carey, Thad Cooperrider, Ron Hood, Ruth Edmonds, Thomas Hwang, and Senator Bob Peterson have all signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in their bids to replace former Representative Steve Stivers. In making this principled written commitment to Ohio voters, all five candidates recognize that the problem is not that hardworking Ohioans are taxed too little, it’s that the government spends too much.    

“I commend Carey, Cooperrider, Hood, Edmonds, Hwang, and Peterson for making it crystal clear to voters that there will be no tax increases under their watch if elected,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “Ohio voters have been hit with several tax hikes in recent years. They deserve an ally in the legislative branch, now more than ever, who will not raid their bank accounts. Instead, these candidates have committed to focus on making government more efficient, so Ohio becomes a more attractive place to live, invest, and do business.”  

Anyone can say they are against tax hikes, but only those who are firm in their beliefs will make that commitment in writing. Just ask the 223 members of the United States Congress, and 13 Governors—all of whom have joined approximately 1,000 state legislators across the country in signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.   

Americans for Tax Reform asks all candidates for state and federal office to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Candidates for Congress can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of their primaries by visiting:  www.atr.org/take-the-pledge.   

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on this race or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database.