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Ohio House, State Representative - District 27

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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    Sara Bitter
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    Tom Brinkman
    (Rep)

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Occupation Mom, Attorney, Disability Rights Advocate, and Candidate for Ohio State Representative
Education BA in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati, Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Law Trainee graduate Cincinnati Children's Hospital Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program
Experience Assistant to the Special Counsel to the President at White House Clinton Administration, National Field Director ReelAbilities Film Festival North America, Co-Chair 2015 Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival, Outreach Cincinnati Children's UCCEDD
Political Philosophy As a mother of two children living with a disability, I understand that caregivers' voices need to be heard in Columbus. I will use my legal training and experience as a disability rights advocate to fight for all families. Healthcare, education and workforce are my top priorities. I will also work to create a bi-partisan "Disability, Mental Health and Addiction Caucus" in the Ohio legislature to promote public policies that help protect all families. "Bitter for Better"
Endorsements Hamilton County Democratic Party, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 69, Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters, Ohio Federation of Teachers, Ohio Education Association, UAW CAP, Moms Demand Action Distinction, Equality PAC, Swing Left, Emily’s List, NDRC and Eric Holder, Sierra Club, UFCW Local 75, Sheetmetal Local 24, AFSCME Council 8, OAPSE, OCSEA AFSCME, SEIU District 1199, Ironworkers Local 44, Sierra Club, Cincinnati Building Trades, IBEW Local 212, AFL-CIO, Matriots, LIUNA Local 265
Affliations Democratic Party
I would work to reduce physical barriers that prevent access to polling places. I would increase training for poll workers. I'd ensure proper voting equipment which supports the needs of all people including people with a with full range of disabilities like visual and hearing impairments, mobility limitations, and intellectual disabilities. Advocate for online applications for mail-in voting. And add multiple secure voting ballot drop boxes instead of just the 1 at Hamilton County BOE.
Protect Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and the Affordable Care Act's pre-existing clause. All are currently being threatened. People and families need these health programs and people with pre-existing conditions need health care coverage, especially during this pandemic. I would also propose that OH’s insurance laws stop being in conflict with federal parity laws. Insurance should cover mental health and substance use disorder services just like they must for physical health services.
If elected I will work to combat gerrymandering and ensure voter-approved redistricting reforms as an Ohio State Representative. In 2021, the Ohio legislature will redraw the US Congressional and state legislative lines. I was endorsed by the NDRC and Eric Holder and I will pledge to fight against gerrymandering and produce fairer maps in the 2021 redistricting process. It is important to elect more Democratic state legislative candidates so we can ensure fair maps are drawn in Ohio.
I favor declaring "racism as a public health crisis." Prohibiting law enforcement from targeting people based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, gender identity or sexual orientation & from using quotas for (arrests, stops, citations). Requiring AG to create a database tracking officer-involved shootings and excessive force uses; Crisis Intervention Teams to respond to mental health situations; Requiring mental health training; More conditions on juvenile interrogations.
Twitter @GoBrinkman
Occupation Life Insurance Sales
Education BA from The George Washington University in Washington DC
Experience Served in the Ohio General Assembly 2001 to 2008 and 2015 to present
Political Philosophy Lower taxes and less government
Endorsements Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST)
Affliations Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST)
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