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Ohio House, State Representative - District 28

Salary: $60,584*Term: 2 yearsResponsibilities: To represent the people of the district and the State of Ohio in dealing with matters not allocated to the federal government. *Base salary.

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    Jessica E. Miranda

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    Chris Monzel

Biographical Information

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Occupation State Representative
Education Talawanda High School
Experience Winton Woods School Board President, mother of three, small business owner, and current Representative for HD-28.
Political Philosophy I am a public servant, not a politician. The work that I am doing is to best serve my constituents, and to guarantee that our economy and society is fair to everyone.
Endorsements President Obama, Senator Sherrod Brown, Emily's List, Planned Parenthood, and various labor organizations and other progressive groups.
I would make our electoral system more accessible to voters by expanding vote by mail, early voting, and the ways in which you can vote. I oppose methods of voter disenfranchisement and would also work to eliminate those. We can't prevent crises from occurring, but we can guarantee that our voting process is protected and functioning regardless of the circumstance.
I support expanding medicaid and medicare, and fighting at the state level to defend attacks on the Affordable Care Act. I will continue to fight to make sure my constituents have access to affordable healthcare by supporting an expansion of a public option, lowering prescription drug costs, and working with healthcare experts to address to root of the inequalities in the healthcare system.
If I am able to win this seat again in November, we will have a chance to break the Republican supermajority in Columbus, which means that we can ensure accountability in the redistricting process. Gerrymandering is one of my top issues, and I promise to uphold the voter-approved redistricting reforms when we redraw the maps next year.
I believe that there is a way to keep our communities safe and work to end the systemic injustice of our current system. I support sentencing reform, decriminalizing the drug crisis, and devoting more resources to education instead of incarceration.
Twitter @chrismonzel
Occupation GE Aviation - Engineer
Education Purdue University, BS Aeronautical-Astronautical Engineering; University of Cincinnati, MS Aerospace Engineering; Harvard University, Masters of Public Policy
Experience Nine years on Cincinnati City Council 2001-2010; Eight years as Hamilton County Commissioner 2011-2018
Political Philosophy The best form of government is the one closest to the people.
As Hamilton County Commissioner I have already made changes to improve equal access to voting by working bi-partisanly, with my fellow Commissioners, Todd Portune & Denise Driehaus, to move the Board of Elections to a central location in the county with free parking as well as providing a 24/7 drive-thru drop box for absentee voters. As a State Legislator I would work bi-partisanly to develop voting protocols to ensure the right and the ability for everyone to fairly & safely vote.
One solution I implemented was the establishment of Cradle Cincinnati which reduced infant mortality (death before 1 year of age) by 15% in Hamilton County. Ohio is ranked as one of the worst states in America for infant fatality, ranking 41st out of 50. I will work to reduce infant mortality throughout all of Ohio. Additionally, the rising cost of healthcare is hurting families across our state. I will address issues such as surprise billing & clearer price transparency in our healthcare costs.
In May of 2018 Issue 1 was passed overwhelmingly by the voters of Ohio. Ohio is the first state in the nation to draw congressional districts using a hybrid of state legislators and a state commission. I was supportive of Issue 1 which was approved to combat gerrymandering & establishing fair districts. As your State Representative for House District 28, I will ensure that these voter-approved bi-partisan redistricting reforms are fully implemented and carried out fairly for our citizens.
As County Commissioner, in a bi-partisan effort, I helped create the Hamilton County Office of Re-entry. Connecting with community resources such as employment, housing, and health care, can be very challenging for men & women being released from incarceration. The Office of Re-entry connects those returning citizens to resources & helps them navigate the reentry process, thus increasing public safety, reducing recidivism & saving taxpayers dollars. I'll work to expand this program across Ohio.