Responses to CCPC's endorsement application questionnaire from:
Nickie J. Antonio, candidate for Ohio Senate District 23
Political Party Affiliation: Democratic Party
Current or previous elected offices: Ohio House District 13 for the past 8 years. Prior to that, Lakewood City Council for 5 years.
Related to economic justice, I believe in equal pay for men and women, raising minimum wage to $15/hr, and reproductive rights. I have also introduced a bill to end tip-sharing, in which restaurant owners take hard-earned tips from their employees.
I have voted against all bills that have tried to disenfranchise voters, such as the Voter ID law. I supported the most recent attempts to ban gerrymandering practices in the General Assembly. I have also publicly called for overturning Citizen's United to get dark money out of politics.
In the past four General Assemblies, I have introduced legislation to end the use of the death penalty, which disproportionately affects people of color. Additionally, I support fully-funded public schooling, starting with Pre-Kthrough 12, and holding charter schools accountable to public school standards.
I have spoken out and written op-eds about decreasing the military budget. I did not support a bill that would make Ohio another missile site. I have stood with community members in opposition to mass deportations. I also voted against a bill that would block undocumented immigrants from receiving workers' compensation.