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Ohio House, State Representative - District 31

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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    Brigid Kelly
    (Dem)

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In what ways would you change our election system to be prepared for crises that impair the right and equal access to vote? (500 character limit)

What solutions do you propose to address challenges and inequities in the healthcare system? (500 character limit)

What will you do to combat gerrymandering and ensure voter-approved redistricting reforms are implemented? (500 character limit)

What policies do you favor around criminal justice reform? (500 character limit)

Twitter @brigidekelly
Occupation State Representative, OH-31 Communications Director, UFCW Local 700
Education MA, University of Cincinnati (Human Resources) BSBA, Xavier University (Entrepreneurial Studies/Marketing)
Experience Current State Representative (running for third term); Former member, Norwood City Council; More than a decade of experience fighting for hardworking people, their families, and our communities
Political Philosophy Putting families first and politics last.
Endorsements SEIU District 1199; Equality Cincinnati; Ohio Education Association; UFCW Local 75; Cincinnati AFL-CIO; OCSEA; AFSCME; Planned Parenthood; Ohio Federation of Teachers; Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus; The Matriots; UAW-CAP Council; International Union of Operating Engineers; OAPSE; 1889 Friends of the Sentinels; NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
Affliations Member, United Food and Commercial Workers Union
Elected officials should be passing legislation that makes voting more accessible, not less. We should pass automatic voter registration. There should be more drop boxes for ballots and expanded access for in-person early voting. The state should have an online application for absentee ballots; postage on absentee applications and ballot returns should be paid. Absentee ballots postmarked on Election Day should be accepted.
We need ensure that people in our state have access to quality, affordable health care. A first step should be declaring racism a public health crisis (and following through on ten action items in the resolution). The state should make more widely available implicit bias training for its employees and contractors. Ohio should also focus and invest more in mitigating the social determinants of health (like access to health care, healthy foods, good jobs, healthy environment).
Redistricting should be a transparent process that ensures voters pick their elected officials instead of the other way around. Meetings related to redistricting should conform to the same standards as any other public meeting (including scheduling and availability of records). We should work in a bipartisan way to create fair maps that can be approved by a majority of both parties, instead of citizens having to go through multiple sets of maps in the next decade.
Criminal justice reform is necessary and overdue-our justice system should work the same way for everyone, regardless of race or income. Folks are in jail who shouldn't necessarily be, spending more time than they often should; then, they have too many challenges finding work and building a better life. Jails should not have to be used as places for detox or rehab. The system of cash bail should be eliminated (or changed) as it can be an impediment for low-level offenders being able to get out.