Responses to CCPC's endorsement application questionnaire from:
Kyle Earley, candidate for Ohio House District 10
Political Party Affiliation: Democratic Party
Current or previous elected offices: none
In Ohio House District 10, 42,964 people live in poverty, 58% of children (between the ages of new born – 17) are living below the poverty rate, and 50% of the families are living below the poverty rate. Poverty is an economic justice issue and must be addressed by:
- Fair and Living Wages 65% of Cleveland workers are living on incomes three times below the federal poverty level. In 2016/2017, I was the spokesperson and community organizer for Raise up Cleveland, organizing and fighting to raise the minimum-wage in Cleveland so that workers are earning a fair and livable wage. My plan as State Representative of Ohio House District 10 is to introduce legislation that will raise the minimum wage in Ohio, starting at $10 per hour and gradually increasing to $15 per hour within a 3 to 5 year period keeping up with inflation.
- Equal pay for women. Women should not be making less than a man when in most households women are the breadwinners for their families.
- Medicare for All Due to the attack on health care and the Affordable Care Act; 964,000 Ohioans stand to lose health coverage. This also means 3.5 billion fewer dollars for Ohio’s state budget. Through the “Healthy Ohio” program, lawmakers have hopes of thinning the ranks of Medicaid enrollees which would require low-income Ohioans to pay into health savings accounts or risk losing Medicaid. As State Representative for Ohio House District 10, I plan to support Senators Mike Skindell and Charleta Tavares who sponsored Senate Bill 91, which would establish a single-payer healthcare program, available to all state residents, including the homeless and migrant workers.
- Workers Rights Protecting our middle class and working families is about making it easier for workers to join unions. In Ohio labor is still under attack through 6 House Joint Resolutions (7,8,9,10,11,12) and also Right to Work. I plan to help educate and organize against right to work because I understand that it is wrong for Ohio’s workers and their families.
We must continue to fight to eliminate the political greed that exists in our state. From fair representation to ending big money buying elections and manipulating the political process. The focus of our political process should be on ensuring that the voices and concerns of voters are heard and not ignored because corporations and CEO’s have money to interfere with well being of our residents and communities. Fighting for political justice requires us to do the following:
Ending Gerrymandering in Ohio Without representational fairness, transparency and public accountability, districts will continue to favor unfair elections and party favored candidates that limit the voices of voters. I oppose Senate Joint Resolution 5, a resolution introduced by Senator Huffman that would not eliminate partisan gerrymandering. However we need to push for support of House Joint Resolution 2 which gives the task of congressional mapmaking to the bipartisan Ohio Redistricting Commission. The commission would not be allowed to split communities between districts, create districts that favor or disfavor one political party over another, or create maps in secret. A resolution like this; make redistricting more balanced and transparent.
I would like to see a bipartisan effort to end corporate personhood in the State of Ohio and put an end to the effects of Citizens United.
Ohio must be a state that affirms the values and culture of people of color. No one should be discriminated against due to their race or color. Unarmed individuals; particularly people of color, should not have to die at the hands of police officers due to lack of training and community engagement. We are in desperate need of criminal justice reform and we must end the privatization of prisons. Addressing racial justice requires us to:
- Set new rules on the use of force policies in Ohio. We need to be training officers more on de-escalation tactics and how to interact with those who have mental health challenges.
- Change our home rule policy so that cities can require officers to live in the neighborhoods that they serve in. This will create the true meaning of community policing
- Ending privatization of prisons in Ohio while funding programs that truly rehabilitate and help transform lives
- Investing more in drug courts and mental health intervention programs for people with substance abuse problems, so that they do not end up in prison but are able to get the treatment they need.
- We need tougher penalties for those hate groups that commit acts of terror on individuals based on sexual orientation, race, religion or gender.
When it comes to our environment, I believe that we are only as healthy as the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food that we eat. I believe that we must put resources toward studies that reveal air-quality risk factors across the state of Ohio, so that we know how to combat these issues while ensuring that we have clean quality water and food in our communities. In Ohio we need to do the following:
- We need to protect public health and water supplies and push to enact Senator Michael Skindell’s Senate Bill 50.
- Put an immediate ban on all drilling in Ohio due to health risk
- We must rely less of fossil fuels and focus more on solar energy which will help improve air quality
- Collect data through technology that will highlight the quality of air and water in our communities
As a human being, I believe that all of us should be treated equally and fair. Immigrants should be accepted and our state legislator should work with a heart of compassion ensuring that those who are here in our great state are able to stay and live while securing a financial future for their family. 800,000 DACA beneficiaries who pay taxes, attend our colleges and universities, and contribute to our communities as doctors, lawyers, teachers, social workers and business owners will be affected by the DACA decision. Families should not be broken up and destroyed due to deportation regulations and requirements. As a state we should be looking for solutions to keep families together legally in our state and in our country. We can do this by:
- Supporting DACA and protecting individuals from being deported
- Creating a path to citizenship for individuals and families
- Supporting faith institutions that choose to be sanctuary sites for immigrants
Fighting for social justice has always been my platform. Social justice is about addressing income inequality, access to healthcare, free public education-higher education, job creation and workforce development. We can address these issues by:
- Legally and properly funding our public schools while offering vocational education that prepares students for the workforce upon graduation
- Tuition free education at public colleges and universities throughout Ohio. Students should not have to build debt while trying to build a future
- Create a “Ready to Work Database” training and identifying skilled workers in our communities
- Increase funding for foster care and adoption, mental health and youth prevention services to address issues such as infant mortality, youth violence, and mental health services.
- Increase capital projects in urban neighborhoods that increase employment and improves quality of life in our communities.
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