Responses to CCPC's endorsement application questionnaire from:
Betsy Rader, candidate for US Congress, OH-14
Political Party Affiliation: Democratic Party
Current or previous elected offices: none
Making the economy work for all Americans and reducing income inequality is important to me, and my priorities include raising the minimum wage over the next few years and indexing it to inflation; ensuring that we have affordable universal health care; and high quality, affordable child care and education from birth through higher education and career transitions.
Fixing our electoral system is fundamental to bringing our Democracy back to the people. We must end gerrymandering and implement campaign finance reform, including getting big money out of politics, which is why I am so proud to have been endorsed by End Citizens United.
A key priority for me, particularly as a civil rights attorney, is to ensure that all eligible voters have access to the ballot box by expanding access to early voting and vote-by-mail. I also support implementing universal automatic voter registration and same-day voter registration.
As a civil rights attorney who fights employment discrimination, I would like to see the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission adequately funded and staffed, and to see the government take seriously the prosecution of discrimination cases.
Reducing mass incarceration is an issue where both Democrats and Republicans can find common ground and I'm strongly in favor of alternative solutions for people with nonviolent crimes. Mandatory minimums have weakened our courts and tied the hands of judges and juries, and I support reform. I also support "ban the box" legislation and facilitation of re-entry into the workforce for people with criminal histories.
High quality education from birth is critical to providing opportunities regardless of race or economic status, and we absolutely must invest in our children by supporting our public schools and expanding access to quality, affordable early childhood education.
We have a right to breathe clean air and drink clean water, and I have been involved throughout my life in efforts to conserve our environment. The Environmental Protection Agency fills an important role in ensuring that corporations do not abuse our important natural resources, and I oppose the weakening of our environmental regulations, off-shore drilling in our important coastal waters, and pollution of our waterways.
New technologies can lead us to energy independence with fuels that allow for preservation of our air and water, and should be encouraged. As new jobs are created in these industries, such as solar and wind power, Congress must also make investment in retraining programs for workers who want to transition to these emerging energy and technology jobs.
My brother served in the Navy for over twenty years, and I believe that we have a duty to our service members as well as our tax-paying citizens to ensure we use good judgment when considering when to use military action. We need to ensure that our diplomatic corp is fully staffed and well qualified, and that our Department of State is enabled to represent our interests in the complex work of international diplomacy.
I'm a strong proponent of maintaining the DACA program. People who were brought to our country as children shouldn't be torn away from the communities that they call home.
As the mother of two sons who are gay, and as a civil rights attorney, I'll be a strong champion for equal rights and for the LGBTQ community in Congress. One of my happiest days was standing on the Supreme Court steps with my family when the Obergefell decision was announced. I will be a strong advocate for equality for all in the workplace, including equal pay for equal work, and in every other aspect of life.
In Congress, I will be an advocate for the right of all to freedom over their own bodies, including reproductive rights for women.