Farewell from outgoing senator

DEAR EDITOR:

It is with a heavy heart that I reach out to the residents of the 32nd Ohio Senate District, as my time in the Ohio Senate has come to an end due to term limits. Over the last 10 years, they have opened their homes, businesses, meetings, minds and hearts to me. They allowed me to be there in good times and bad. I have shared countless memories and events. I strived to be a fierce advocate for our shared community. Every minute I have served them has been filled with joy and enthusiasm, even in the hardest of times.

Public servants have two main duties: legislate and work directly with constituents. Over these years, I have passed numerous bills into law, focusing my efforts on economic development, health care and victims’ rights. I implemented Tourism Ohio, dedicated to promote Ohio tourism economy, and established a revitalization district for the largest city aimed at growing small businesses.

I drew upon my experience in health care policy and social service delivery to author Ohio’s Medicaid reform law. The bill created a legislative oversight body to hold the Medicaid program accountable. It also established benchmarks to slow the growth of Medicaid spending without removing people from the program. I was proud to sponsor the law that establishes protocol to clear the rape kit backlog in Ohio. With its implementation, Ohio becomes the 12th state with such a law. I passed a long-overdue comprehensive prior authorization reform that would require clear communication between doctors and health insurers for prior authorization medications, treatments and devices.

I also committed myself to working directly with constituents on individual needs. I tried to call back anyone who wished to speak with me. My office and I worked tirelessly to make sure all constituent needs were handled effectively and efficiently. It is my hope I have met these needs with professionalism and integrity.

I was able to make needed infrastructure projects a reality. After 10 years, Southington Township will have clean drinking water it deserves. The fight was long and hard but worth it. I was able to help with sewer issues in Austinburg and Kinsman and improve septic system laws to help our community.

While I may not be serving in the Ohio Senate, I intend to stay involved in organizations and causes such as domestic violence, mental health and aging. Maybe one day I will be honored to serve again.

It has been my absolute honor to serve my constituents. Thank you entrusting me with this position over the last decade. I am always here for you.

Ohio Sen. Capri S. Cafaro

Hubbard

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