You Can Make a Difference and Put Our People First
PO Box 22257
Beachwood OH 44122
I care for people. I have over 40 years of healthcare experience in multiple settings helping families of very young children newly-identified with hearing loss, followed by serving home-bound older people also in need of improved hearing. I have improved the lives of thousands of people right here in our Northeast Ohio communities.
My initial 15 years of serving persons with hearing loss were exclusively devoted to helping residents within our inner city through community clinics at Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University.
- I’m a Navy wife, a mom, and a grandma
- I’m a business woman; have owned my own audiology practice and employed people
- I’ve earned three degrees, including a Ph.D.
- I highly value my 15 years as a college professor and mentor of young people
- I continue to be a grass-roots leader/organizer and community educator throughout Ohio
In my months of speaking with district residents, I have heard from them what they consider their most urgent problems. I intend to address every one of these issues.
Our communities need more jobs, particularly for young people who may not be destined for college. For unemployed adults, job retraining is essential and urgent. Our schools need to work with local companies on developing career training targeted at new and exciting technologies. We need to make it easier to start new businesses by reducing government barriers, taxes and regulations. Our Congressional Campaign office will begin by posting job-related links on our website, and once I am elected our office will create a permanent staffed network referral process which will provide assessment, training and job placement for our residents who seek our assistance.
- Crime/Community Safety.
Gang problems, drug related crimes, and ongoing violence, including domestic violence and threats of terrorism in our district, prevent our citizens from feeling safe and being safe. Everyone in the district has the right to be safe, and women and children especially need to be protected. A safer life in our communities is possible, and we must reduce the barriers that we have all created and work together more closely to make this happen. Working alongside community experts, I am going to focus on empowering inner-city community women to learn about their self-protection and protection of their children. Our goal is to formulate a women’s inner city defense initiative through a team of volunteer educators.
- Police Relations.
Recent events local events have brought home to our Cleveland and Akron communities concerns about the way our police interact with minority residents. Just as important, however, is how our community residents act toward our law enforcement officers. There are faults and accusations on both sides, and we must address them. Our citizens need protection, and the police have the responsibility to provide that protection. But our police cannot do their job properly without the cooperation and respect of the community.The present situation is preventing effective crime control, and separates our police from those they are sworn to protect. Together, we need to redefine what effective policing actually encompasses. I will work with our Governor and statewide experts and with the residents of our community to develop new ways to connect effective policing to the community.
- Enabling and Promoting Reentry.
For former convicts, and for their families, we need to develop processes and procedures that will welcome them back to their communities. They need to be able to take advantage of current job opportunities and the education/training for those jobs. We must create gateways for them to attain essential employment. Chronic unemployment is the quickest path to re-incarceration. I will work to make this happen by supporting federal tax incentives for companies which hire former inmates, and scholarship funds for retraining. Foreign and immigrant criminals should be deported as promptly as possible; our federal government should not be using taxpayer dollars to incarcerate foreign criminals for long periods of time, and neither should they be let loose on our streets to re-offend. Drug-related immigrant criminals have the highest rate of repeat crimes in the nation.
Today, many District 11 residents believe that the opportunity for meaningful employment is denied them. One of the primary focuses of my Campaign is to address this.
- Job Creation. We can create jobs in Northeast Ohio by assisting large companies to relocate to our area, encouraging local employers to take advantage of government programs that assist with training and hiring employees, and by providing help to individuals who want to start and grow their own business
- Vocational Training. Four years of college is not the right path for everyone and many local employers have unfilled jobs that do not require a 4-year degree. By utilizing On-the-Job-Training programs through the Federal Government, employers can receive financial assistance to hire and train new employees for up to 18 months. This way employers receive well trained employees and the citizens of North East Ohio receive jobs.
- Small Businesses. Everyone hears, “Small Businesses are the backbone of our country,” but where do small businesses come from? They are created by YOU! People like you who have an idea, a drive, and a want to start a business. How do you start and grow your own business? I will work with government agencies, local business groups, churches and volunteer organizations to reduce regulations, reduce taxes and reduce complicated bureaucratic barriers to starting a new business.