This is an election that we democrats cannot afford to lose. Ohio is too divided; our nation is torn apart with too much antagonism. We must come together to get things done. You deserve a leader that can restore trust and faith in government. That will put people first and focus on what unites us not divides us. We must respect each other's unique and authentic self and work together to reimagine an American Democracy that is all-inclusive.
INVEST IN SMALL BUSINESS
1. Guarantee equal access to capital, low interest loans other lending opportunities.
Increase funding to the Small Business Administration, Ohio Department of Development and similar programs that provide entrepreneurs with certifications, access to capital, business development and training assistance. These agencies plays an integral role in supporting minority-owned businesses across our State. They provide access to capital, as well as providing needed assistance and training that allow minority-owned businesses the opportunity to State and Federal procurement contracts.
2. Increase opportunities to participate in Federal Contracts and Increase the Minority Spend
Increased minority spend to Small Businesses in the State of Ohio to 30%, expand contracting opportunities for minority-owned businesses. Provide equitable access to federal contracts the provide the opportunities for minority owned business to apply and win federal government contracts. Include Minority Set-Aside language for Prime Vendors in all State Contracts.
Get People Back to Work, Keep Ohioans Healthy, Student Loan Forgiveness
Life is harder for Ohioans after the Pandemic, the gains that were made were quickly depleted and the American dream seems out of reach. We must get people back o work creating great paying jobs and protect the dignity of our workers. We will Strengthen the middle class and working families, eliminate Corporate loop holes that reward the wealthy, invest in a clean energy, technology and manufacturing infrastructure, make healthcare affordable and protect Medicaid and Social Security for Seniors.
1. Job Growth
We will get America back to work, grow the economy from the bottom up and middle out. We have been successful at COVID-19 defense after 2 years of disruption. It is time to fill Ohio’s open jobs in retail, hospitality, transportation and invest in Union jobs in manufacturing, clean energy and technology. We must raise wages for Ohio workers and the middle class. We have several challenges that impact our families with rising food cost, paying rent, mortgage and buying gas. We will upskill our workforce, create talent pipeline through bootcamps, apprenticeship, development and training programs and get Ohioans back to working at higher levels of pay.
2. Affordable Healthcare
Ohioans are facing increase cost of prescription drugs and our seniors are feeling it in there pockets. To many seniors are forced to choose between paying for prescription drugs or putting food on the table. We will guarantee access to affordable, quality health care and ensure health care is a right not a privilege and every Ohioian will have access to healthcare regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender, religion or income.
3. Student loan forgiveness
We must reform the system and provide loan relief now. Student loan borrowers in the U.S. owe $1.6 trillion in federal and private loans. The average student in Ohio graduates with $40,000 to $80,000 of debt. This debt follows many Americans late into their and prevent students for achieving life goals like getting married, having children, buying a home, pursuing you’re their American dream. Student loan debt lowers credit scores and impact purchasing power and if students default on their student loans it can impact their credit score for 7 years. We must focus on options for Student loan forgiveness and make college affordable for the future of our children.
KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE
1. Crime/Gun Violence
Cleveland, Dayton, Akron and Cincinnati. have ranked in the nation’s top 50 in homicides and Columbus and Toledo have set new homicide records. Ohioans have consistently voiced their support for reasonable increases in gun controls, but their voices are not being heard. Ohio fails to require background checks on private sales and doesn't regulate assault weapons or large-capacity ammunition magazines. We must close the gun show loophole!
There is no good reason for our streets to be flooded with weapons easily accessible for the use in robbery, homicide, domestic abuse and accidental discharge. Examine the root causes of crime and gun violence, we must get people back to work making a livable wage. Expand public transportation so people can get to higher paying jobs on the bus line. Invest opioid, treatment, recovery, prevention services because majority crimes are committed under the influence of drugs or alcohol and mental health facilities, so people can get the support that they need.
2. Criminal Justice Reform
Our prisons system is used to deal with issues of homelessness, poverty and mental illness. We have a criminal justice system that works for the wealthy and penalizes the poor. We must address issues the eliminate racial profiling, focus police brutality, reduce mass incarceration and recidivism and create a rehabilitation that works so people can have a second chance. We Pass George Floyd Justice in Police Reform Act, Eliminate prision for lower-level crimes like petty theft and selling marijuana. Create a criminal justice system that operate fairly and ensure the dignity and humanity inmate and reduce the rate in which people are incarcerated.