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Progressive Candidate for OH-4

On the Issues

Working class, everyday Americans are being left behind by the federal government. As special interests, big money, and incoherent administration policy corrupt decision making in Washington, we’ve continued to move further away from a common sense agenda. Ohioans need progressive public policy initiatives tailored for them, aimed at alleviating economic stress, preserving the rights of all Americans, and solidifying America’s leadership role in the world. From education and healthcare to humanitarian aid and the fight against terrorism, Janet is committed to altering the status quo, crafting smarter policies to improve the lives of all Americans.

Together, we can and will build a brighter future for Ohio.



Expanding Economic Opportunity

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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.


Combatting 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. Janet supports federal legislation that would combat the epidemic head on by providing funding to support community organizing, public education campaigns, treatment programs, and increased law enforcement and judicial programs designed to heal addicts and protect society.


Empowering Unions to Protect Workers


Janet believes that all hard-working Ohioans have a right to the American Dream and that reliable and steady employment is necessary to achieve that dream. Janet 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, Janet has 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, she will fight against the big money interests and for fair wages and stronger protections for unions.


Protecting Voting Rights

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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

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Education is the most important ladder to opportunity. That’s why Janet chose to become a special education and kindergarten teacher, so that she could make a difference in students’ lives as soon as she could. But even by kindergarten, Janet noticed gaps in her students’ knowledge. One of the main reasons Janet is 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.


Promoting Fair Trade

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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, Janet will support policies to 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. Janet Garrett will go to Congress and fight for a more efficient and more just system that promises a brighter future for Ohio. After years of unsuccessfully fighting crime in Ohio by filling our prisons, it’s time for a smart approach to criminal justice, one that focuses on keeping our communities safer instead of locking up the powerless.


Achieving Universal Healthcare

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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 Laws


As a gun owner for more than a decade, Janet is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Janet and her husband own two .22 caliber target pistols and one target rifle, which they use for target shooting. However, Janet believes in common sense gun control. She knows that this is a thorny issue, but doesn’t believe that it’s binary, and she believes that we must have robust discussions to find the best solution to our gun problems. Janet fundamentally believes that we can support the Second Amendment while also doing more to protect our families and our neighbors.


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.