Richard Scott Wharton

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Richard Scott Wharton
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Ohio, District 15
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolAmanda-Clearcreek High School
Bachelor'sOhio University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1989-2002
ProfessionDelta Airline Pilot
Campaign website
Richard Scott Wharton was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 15th Congressional District of Ohio.[1] Wharton ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 6, 2014, but lost to incumbent Steve Stivers (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Wharton was previously a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 10th Congressional District of Ohio.[3] However, he did not appear on the primary ballot.



Wharton listed the following issues on his campaign website:[4]

  • Jobs and the economy: "I support reforming the tax code by closing corporate loopholes that never sunset or lead to job creation. I support tax credits for businesses based on creating jobs here at home – not overseas. I believe in fair trade policies that acknowledge our nation’s high standards for worker safety, wages and benefits and that don’t surrender the interests of U.S. workers to foreign countries or the profitability of multinational corporations. U.S. trade policy should be based on a general balance of trade among the U.S. and our partners. Negative foreign trade practices such as currency manipulation must be acknowledged and brought under control. I support targeted investment in U.S. infrastructure including our crumbling roads and bridges and improvements to our rail and air transportation systems. This would also include other public works-related updates to water and sewer systems and incentives for companies that generate electricity to upgrade the nation’s power grid for the demands of this century and beyond. I support treating American workers with as much respect as that shown corporate executives in the halls of Congress. We cannot backslide on U.S. workers’ right to organize to collectively bargain for wages, safety and benefits. Discrimination against any class of people in the workplace such as the lingering problem of women receiving less pay for the same work as men has no place in 21st century America. I also believe that the U.S. cannot abandon its historic commitment to federally funded basic research across government agencies and the nation’s universities. Today’s economic engines – such as the Internet – began, in part as government-sponsored research. Federal deficits and spending are also a concern. Easing the nation’s debt burden, however, cannot be placed squarely at the feet of the middle class and working poor in this country. Reforms to the nation’s tax code must put working people first. The tax code needs to be simplified. While earmarks have gone the way of the dinosaur in Washington, D.C., corporate lobbyists still flood Capitol Hill inserting a line here and a line there into the U.S. tax code granting tax breaks that have questionable greater economic benefit. Our government and its employees also need to be held to the highest standards of efficiency and customer service. There is no doubt that at a minimum there is still waste in our government. This waste – whether it is rooted in government purchasing or programs run amok – must be eradicated so that we can afford to make the investments that add to the prosperity and quality of life for all Americans."
  • Agriculture: "I support federal farm programs including the ending of direct payments to farmers and replacing it with a system of subsidized crop insurance. Our system of food in the U.S. not only serves our domestic population but feeds people all over the world. A crop insurance-based safety net for farmers is a reasonable public price to pay for protecting our agricultural communities from natural calamity and the worst economic times."
  • Women's interests: "A vocal band of far-right politicians in Washington (and Columbus) have chosen to use their political power to rollback time on the rights of women in the U.S. Attempts have been made to repeal the Lily Ledbetter Act which bans pay discrimination against women in the workplace and anti-choice amendments make their way into otherwise unrelated bills in Congress."
  • Healthcare: "Scott believes there is a moral and economic imperative to reform the nation’s healthcare system. He supports the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and believes that Republicans and Democrats should work together to fix the law rather than repeal or defund it."



See also: Ohio's 15th Congressional District elections, 2014

Wharton ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Ohio's 15th District. Wharton ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 6, 2014.[5] He was then defeated by incumbent Steve Stivers (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, Ohio District 15 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Stivers Incumbent 66% 128,496
     Democratic Richard Scott Wharton 34% 66,125
Total Votes 194,621
Source: Ohio Secretary of State


See also: Ohio's 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

Wharton ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Ohio's 10th District. Wharton sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket but withdrew early and did not appear on the primary ballot.

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Campaign finance reports


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Wharton's reports.[6]

Richard Scott Wharton (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End Quarterly[7]January 31, 2013$0$20,747$(14,657)$10,089
April Quarterly[8]April 15, 2014$0.00$15,954.15$(13,396.97)$2,557.18
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