Expanding Economic Opportunity
Working Americans understand that more money needs to be spent investing in our schools, roads, health care and protecting our environment. We can save billions of dollars by eliminating tax loopholes for large corporations that ship jobs offshore, and use that money to make long-term investments in rebuilding our transportation infrastructure, expanding Internet access to rural areas, and increasing access to clean, renewable energy. We should end the unfair practice of rewarding large corporations with tax breaks for ruining our economy. We must even the playing field for everyone by creating a tax / budget system that works for all of us.
Combating the Opioid Epidemic
The opioid crisis has torn apart families in Ohio. Every single day 14 Ohioans overdose on opioids, and this number is rising - Ohio’s opioid death toll saw a 33% increase between 2015 and 2016 alone. For too long, Rep. Jim Jordan has been willfully negligent of the problem, being averse to using any government funds to address the issue. I pledge to make curing the opioid epidemic a national priority and will support federal legislation combats the epidemic head. The plan will provide funding to support community organizing, public education campaigns, treatment programs, and increased law enforcement and judicial programs designed to heal addicts and protect society.
Protecting Union Rights
I believe that all hard-working Ohioans have a right to the American Dream and that reliable and steady employment is necessary to achieve that dream. I will defend the rights of workers all across the nation and in Ohio. As a former president and long time executive board member of the Oberlin Ohio Education Association, I have a long history fighting for worker rights of those teaching our children. Corporations have always had the right to a profit, but they should not have the right to exploit American workers. In Congress, I will fight against the big money interests and for fair wages and stronger protections for unions.
Rebuilding Ohio's Infrastructure
Ohio has an infrastructure crisis. Every year the average Ohioan spends an extra $475 driving on roads that are poorly maintained. We live near 362 dams across the state that are at “high hazard” level; however, only 72% of our state regulated dams have an emergency action plan. Nearly 2,000 bridges across the state are structurally deficient. We must fix our aging infrastructure and we must make bold, new investments if we hope to make our economy competitive in the 21st century. In Congress I will be a voice for fixing Ohio's roads and bridges, protecting our hospitals and schools, and for expanding the promise of the 21st century economy, without cutting cutting corners and putting families at risk.
Supporting Ohio's Farmers
Agriculture has always been vital to the well-being of the people of Ohio. Not only do our vast agricultural resources provide stable jobs for many hard working families, but the agricultural products that originate in our state help to feed the entire world. Agriculture is a complex industry that depends on science, technology, international trade, labor and so much more--effective agriculture policy must understand these complexities. Because of the multifaceted approach necessary to support successful farming, I support robust and extensive funding for the Farm Bill among other important initiatives.
Protecting Voting Rights
Big moneyed interests have a headlock on our democracy. Every American citizen who is eligible to vote should not only have the right to do so, but our government should make voting easy and accessible. Congress must pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act and ensure the fair and just protection of minorities and senior voters that Republicans work so hard to exclude. We should support measures that seek to register voters automatically when they turn 18. We have the technology to modernize registration and securely streamline the voting process. The future of our democracy depends on every American citizen’s right to vote, regardless of where they live or how much money they have.
Enhancing the American Education System
Education is the most important ladder to opportunity. That’s why I chose to become a special education and kindergarten teacher, so that I could make a difference in students’ lives. But even by kindergarten, I noticed gaps in students’ knowledge. One of the main reasons I am running for office is so that all of Ohio’s children have access to quality education, so that they can thrive in the American workforce and compete in the global economy.
Doing Right by Our Veterans
The VA health care system treats some 9 million veterans annually. Surveys indicate that most are satisfied with the care. But the system is not without its problems – including aging facilities and inefficient practices. Its problems came under a microscope after a 2014 scandal over unauthorized waiting lists and long-delayed care, and these problems were the subject of both a major consultant study and a report by a congressional commission. How we address the VA’s problems today will determine whether the nation meets its obligation to our veterans tomorrow. And there’s real danger for veterans in the approach being taken by the president, who campaigned on the promise that he’d do “great” things for our veterans.
Promoting Fair Trade
When crafting trade deals, Congress must prioritize America’s many complex interests above all else, and ultimately ensure that Americans have access to safe, good-paying jobs. Americans all across the country, including right here in Ohio, have begun to face the grim reality that the economic ladder leading to the middle class is broken. By understanding the complexities of international trade and using its economic power to our advantage, I will support policies that pave the way for every Ohioan to achieve the American Dream.
Reforming Criminal Justice
The criminal justice system in the United States and Ohio is broken. Today our courts work better if you are rich and guilty than if you are poor and innocent. We are spending billions of dollars on failing methods when we could be investing in education, job training, and crime prevention programs that will make our communities safer and stronger. It doesn’t have to be this way. I will fight for a more efficient and more just system. After years of unsuccessfully fighting crime in Ohio by filling our prisons, it’s time for a smarter approach to criminal justice, one that focuses on keeping our communities safer instead of locking up the powerless.
Achieving Universal Healthcare
The Affordable Care Act marks a major win for working families in this country. Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and young people can remain on their parents health coverage until age twenty-six. While this landmark legislation has helped millions of people, there remain millions more that still do not have health care coverage because they are in poverty. Every American should have a choice of buying health insurance through Medicare or private insurers, which would provide competition for insurance companies and more options for consumers. Currently, there is bi-partisan support for this in Congress, and we need to move forward and ensure all Americans have access to quality affordable healthcare.
Protecting the Environment
If we care about our children, we must look to the future. There is no dispute among scientists: the planet is warming because of human actions, and the results will be disastrous. As temperatures increase the oceans rise, glaciers shrink, and weather patterns and natural disasters get more extreme. We’ve already seen a rise in heat waves, hurricanes, and forest fires this year, which scientists agree are exacerbated by global warming. All of this is severely disrupting ecosystems, agriculture, urban centers, and life as we know it. We need representation in Washington that takes this issue seriously and supports policies aimed at curbing the negative effects of climate change.
Common Sense Gun Safety
As a gun owner for more than a decade, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. My husband and I own two .22 caliber target pistols and one target rifle, which we use for target shooting. However, I believe in common sense gun safety, especially since America is a proven outlier when it comes to gun deaths. I know that this is a thorny issue, but I don’t think that it’s a binary choice between outlawing guns and not enacting any gun safety regulations. I believe that we must have robust discussions to find the best solution to our significant gun problems, and I am sure that we can support the Second Amendment while doing more to make our communities safer.
America's Role in the World
American engagement with the world is more critical now than ever before. As globalization continues to alter the international system, the United States must continue to play a leadership role in the creation of effective, multilateral solutions to address the greatest challenges of the 21st century. A true “America First” foreign policy leverages American power at the global level, building coalitions capable of advancing crucial tenets of American foreign policy like humanitarian aid, economic development, and increased levels of national security.