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Ohio House District 31

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    Brigid Kelly
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

Why are you running?

What makes you the best candidate?

What services, if any, should Ohio government consider adding or cutting?

Do you support or oppose repealing Gov. Kasich’s expansion of Medicaid. Why?

Are Ohio’s abortion laws too restricting or too lax? Why?

Campaign Phone (513) 399-6929
Age 36
City/town Cincinnati, OH
Education/Degrees MA, University of Cincinnati (Human Resources); BSBA, Xavier University (Marketing, Entrepreneurial Studies)
Community Involvement Incumbent State Representative (OH-31), Presently serve as Ohio House Minority Caucus Assistant Whip, Former Public Relations Director at UFCW Local 75 representing workers in groceries and food packing, processing industries
Endorsements AFSCME Power in Action, Cincinnati AFL-CIO, Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 69, Matriots, Moms Demand Action- Gun Sense Candidate Distinction, NARAL, National Association of Social Workers Region 6, OAPSE/AFSMCE, Ohio Education Association, Ohio Federation of Teachers, Ohio State Medical Association, Planned Parenthood, SEIU 1199, Sheet Metal Air Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART), Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, UFCW Local 75
Campaign Message Putting families first and politics last.
Prior to my previous election, for a decade I worked full-time for United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), advocating with our members for good wages, affordable health care benefits, safe places to work, paid sick time, and family leave for working people. Those are the same issues I fight for in the Statehouse and hope to continue fighting for in my next term.
I've delivered on my promises: continuing to fight for investment in public schools and students; protecting Ohio’s workers and holding corporations accountable; fighting for policies promoting equality; and making safety of our families a priority. I am willing to meet with and work with anyone in order to get things done, but also willing to stand up and fight for issues most important to the constituents in the 31st district.
I don’t believe that the state should outsource or privatize services traditionally provided by public employees. Any additions or modifications to services offered by the state should be thoroughly vetted through a transparent, public process.
I oppose the repeal of Medicaid expansion. The program has reduced the number of uninsured Ohioans, providing coverage for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans. Medicaid expansion means more access to wellness and preventive care and to drug treatment, and means that more people can be healthy and well to work and take care of their families.
Ohio’s abortion laws continue to get more restrictive, including the passage of laws that may be unconstitutional and do not include exceptions in the case of rape, incest, or the health of the mother. Women should have access to the healthcare options they choose, including safe and legal abortion.
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