Raised in the 41st District, Cate resides with her husband and three children. Graduate of the University of Tennessee. Over ten years of experience in Dayton's economic/workforce/entrepreneurial development, healthcare, and education industries.
I am a National Democratic Redistricting Committee endorsed candidate and will stand with, and for, legislation that creates fair districts for not only the 41st district, but for all districts across Ohio. The Ohio Republican party has held control of the Statehouse for over two decades, and in that time have used their power to unfairly advance Republican voices and representation that do not accurately reflect the diversity of our citizens. Democracy is about working with those whom you may not always agree with but that you come together with to find a solution to benefit the good of all – not simply one party or the other.
As it relates directly to the health and safety in the best interest of Ohioans and when supported by qualified medical personnel using scientific data, should the State of Ohio be able to make mandates to reduce broad harm. These mandates should be done in limited scope and for limited time. Any renewals, extensions, or cancellations should similarly be based on data and by experts. Of the utmost importance is complete transparency on any mandates issued and open communication to ensure understanding by all Ohioans.
The General Assembly continues to invest in failing charter schools and special interests rather than working directly with our teachers and administrators to understand the support they need in their classrooms. I firmly believe that testing should play only a minor role in what is deemed the success of a student or the value of a teacher. It is past time we work alongside our educators to create solutions that promote a pathway to success for our workforce’s next generation. Ohio’s economy depends on workers trained via college degrees and skilled technical training. These post-secondary opportunities are critical, and yet too many of our fellow Ohioans must mortgage their future to access them. We need to face the challenge of affordability head-on and make graduation from traditional and non-traditional programs a priority statewide. As your State Representative, I will fight each day to make sure zip code is not the factor used to determine a child's educational opportunities.
Our state legislature needs to move purposely towards an accessible and fair system of voting immediately. I strongly support automatic voter registration as it is something that can readily be integrated into our state systems. Additionally, this 2020 election has highlighted that Ohioans need and want greater access to voting by mail. Additional drop box options for absentee ballots is one important step. I support broad voter education efforts and continued work to safeguard our voting systems while ensuring the voices of more Ohioans are heard and represented.
Across my career and in my volunteer leadership roles, I have worked with countless individuals of differing opinions and backgrounds. Regardless, we have bridged the divide and have come together to meet our common goal. Most people want the same things for our community – prosperity and safety. I am committed to working towards the best possible outcomes for our neighbors, our friends, our families, and our community. This will always be my approach regardless of party affiliation or who I need to work with across the aisle. It goes beyond a letter behind a name and towards finding commonality in service. I am running as a candidate looking to help change how things have been done at the Statehouse instead of accepting more of the status quo.
I am of the firm belief that a respect for the Second Amendment and enacting common sense gun violence prevention policies are NOT mutually exclusive. Like nearly 90% of Ohioans, I support common sense gun control and universal background checks. We must close loopholes and ensure that safe, responsible gun owners are not impeded from the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms while also protecting the public from those who should not have access to firearms.
As the mother to three young children, I will fight each day to provide a future where no parent fears losing their child to gun violence when sending them to school. And as a Daytonian, I will fight to ensure that we will never again see a day as dark as August 4th, 2019, when unchecked gun laws cost our friends, our neighbors and our city.
Serving as elected Kettering Municipal Clerk of Court for 16 years, I've also run a small business, worked in private/non-profit sectors, and am experienced in bringing people together to solve problems. I’m a Centerville High and Wright State grad.
Ohio will soon use the new bipartisan-created redistricting process overwhelmingly supported by voters in 2018. This clearly defined process has multiple safeguards in place to ensure fair congressional district lines that make geographic sense are drawn after the Census. The process design forces parties to work together to ensure all Ohioans’ voices are heard and represented. End result: a map drawn with bipartisan support by the legislature or, if that fails, by a seven-member commission made up of three statewide officeholders and four legislators. If no bipartisan agreement is reached at this point, the majority party can draw a map, but with more restrictive rules in place including minority party buy-in or shorter lifespan of the map. Ohio voters and the coalition that created this process already dealt the fatal blow to gerrymandering. As a legislator, I will collaborate with members from both parties to follow the process and ensure all Ohioans’ views are fairly represented
Local control is important and local decisions have a huge impact on peoples’ everyday lives. At the same time, a state must be able to attract jobs and help families thrive with a predictable business environment, statewide knowns and constants, limited regulations and taxes, strong infrastructure and future-ready skilled workforce educational opportunities. Citizens also need to be able to function safely without unnecessary confusion as they live their lives across local jurisdictional boundaries. It is within these realms that the state must balance the overall needs of its population with the rights of local governments to make decisions impacting citizens in their jurisdictions.
Our state’s future depends heavily on the quality of our education system. Yet metrics and funding for that system have been deemed unfair, unconstitutional and ever-changing for more than two decades. It’s been an elusive problem as population and industry shifts have created growing pains in some areas of the state, while leaving others unable to fund textbooks and teachers to provide the level of quality education that every student deserves. Much good work has been done, particularly in recent months through the bipartisan Cupp-Patterson education funding proposal, House Bill 305, introduced in June of 2019. More voices still need to speak into this, Fixing school funding is a top priority of legislative leaders in our state. I will work with them to ensure more bipartisan voices and the best and brightest minds across all sectors of our state and nation are brought into the discussion to fix school funding once and for all.
Ohioans who choose to exercise their right to vote have literally hundreds of hours to do so either early in-person, through absentee ballot or on election day at their polling location. This year in particular, the 100th anniversary of women voting in America, should remind all Ohioans to take advantage of this hard-fought-for right. I will support voter education efforts to encourage more Ohioans to register to vote and have access to information about candidates and issues on the ballet. With so many races being decided each year by just a handful of votes - even sometimes just one vote - it is more important than ever for people to realize their vote does matter. I will support continued cybersecurity and fraud prevention efforts and investments by our local and state’s election leaders to protect the integrity of our voting system and the voices of Ohioans as they exercise their right to vote.
I am running as a problem solver with a track record of bringing people together to find creative solutions and leverage public/private partnerships to meet human needs. Together, we've created multi-community efforts to help prevent teen alcohol and drug abuse, started summer lunch and mentoring initiatives for children to address food insecurity and leveraged communitywide input to bring social/emotional supports, healthy youth development and resources to address the needs of children and families. Every voice matters and needs to be at the table as we tackle the tough challenges facing our families, our communities, our businesses and our schools. My approach is to listen and learn, build relationships and bridges so that the best ideas can move forward – no matter where those ideas originated from or who gets the credit. Citizens expect no less from their elected leaders.
We need to address the root issues that are driving people to turn to violence against themselves and others. From 2008 – 2017, 12,754 Ohioans died from gun violence – 60% of those deaths were suicides. Tens of thousands more were seriously injured. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among our young people ages 10-34. I will work to increase funding for prevention and wraparound services from pre-k-12 to help build social/emotional health including self-regulation, conflict resolution and coping skills for youth and families. We need more services and treatment options for individuals/families struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues, including people who are incarcerated. As clerk of court I am already working with state leaders to help close the gaps in our criminal history database and background check system to keep guns out of the hands of people whose criminal behavior or mental instability prohibit them from owning a firearm.