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Ohio US House, Representative to Congress - District 2

Representative to Congress 2nd District – 1 to be elected – 2 year termSalary: $174,000Term: 2 yrsResponsibilities: To represent the people of Ohio, their district, and the United States in dealing with matters of national and international importance. The general welfare should be a prime concern.

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    Jaime M. Castle

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Biographical Information

What kinds of policies, if any, will you pursue to promote social and racial justice in our community? (500 character limit)

What will you do to support a vibrant economy in our area? (500 character limit)

How will you ensure the right to safe, secure elections? (500 character limit)

Where do you stand on efforts to protect our water, air, and land? Include how you would address climate change. (500 character limit)

What policies do you support to address the health needs of unemployed Americans? (500 character limit)

Where do you stand on removing the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment? (500 character limit)

Twitter @jaimecastleOH2
Occupation Teacher for Cincinnati Public Schools
Education Bachelor's of Science in Communications Education from Miami University
Experience As a leader: PTO President, President of the Board of Trustees at Heritage Unitarian Universalist Church, director of ten theater productions, soccer coach of three teams, Chair of the Spring Auction at HUUC.
Political Philosophy Politicians should be public servants, putting the interests of the people first. They should never serve for selfish reasons and they should legislate and govern in a way that benefits not only the society as a whole but also with individual human rights protected. I believe in a "Goldilocks" approach to the size of the government - big enough to oversee the safety of its people and to support those who struggle and small enough to allow for personal freedoms. A just right size.
Endorsements Hamilton County Democratic Party Clermont County Democratic Party Ohio Students for Gun Legislation LEAP Equality Cincinnati PAC
Affliations Local 1520 Cincinnati Federation of Teachers
I think a lot of these policies will need to be locally crafted and it starts with the leadership in each community. The Federal level can provide the basic guidelines such as the current legislation drafted (H.R. 7120) ending qualified police immunity & lowering the criminal intent standard for a law enforcement officer for misconduct in a federal prosecution. We also need to make sure that law enforcement has what they need: body cameras, and modern technology to keep their data bases update
I want to strengthen the U.S. Small Business Administration. Right now we need to get small businesses the necessary funding to make it through the pandemic - it is crucial to our economic recovery. Even before the shutdown, I wanted to be a champion for folks struggling to navigate the regulations, zoning, and tax rules when starting and maintaining a business. We need to offer better and more accessible support and resources. I also want to grow clean energy and recreational initiatives.
States need the technology to allow folks to request an absentee ballot online & ballots should not require postage to be sent back to the Board of Elections. There should be official ballot drop boxes located throughout a county spaced out so that folks do not have to travel great distances to cast their vote. Election Day should be a national holiday so people are not restricted to off work hours. Voting technology (the machines and software) need to be secured to the highest degree.
Restore regulations that have been lessened or cancelled & make sure that regulations are being enforced. I think that changing campaign finance so that big corporations cannot give money to politicians is important too as much of this pollution is the result of legislators looking the other way. Term limits would limit the corruption as well. We need to invest in green/clean energy and technologies that clean our earth. We need to transition companies with a plan like the Citizens Climate Lobby
I want a three step plan. 1. Strengthen and build back up the ACA 2. Offer a not for profit health plan that folks can buy (like a Medicare for folks who want it), 3. Craft a Universal Health Care System - bring in the world's best experts in the field and craft a plan that works here, is sustainable, and puts the patient first. See the for a physicians' proposal for single-payer health care reform. This would open so many avenues for economic growth and prosperity too. People not worrying about health care tied to their employment can start new businesses, change to a job that will make you more happy, leave a bad relationship, not worry about sudden unexpected healthcare costs, use preventative care which will save money in the long run, not worry about on-going health care costs. Businesses could pay more to employees instead of covering this benefit. Unemployed and employed American would be protected. We could have the greatest healthcare in the world.
I agree with the thoughts of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg as she points out that "Every constitution in the world written since the year 1950 ... has the equivalent of an equal rights amendment, and we don't." She questions the legalities of removing the deadline but suggests starting over with a new amendment. She doesn't consider the current ratification process viable but Ginsburg still believes an equal rights amendment should be passed. Efforts to craft a new amendment are in the process. The viability of the previous amendment is in danger as five states who previously ratified the amendment rescinded before the 1982 extended deadline. It might take a bit longer to start with a new one, but that time would be worthwhile of it is solid and would not create years of challenges. WE need to elect leaders to Congress that believe in equal rights for all. It is hard to understand why we are in year 2020 and we are still fighting for this.
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