Rachel Crooks today filed petitions to run for Ohio’s 88th State House District, which includes Sandusky County and most of Seneca County in northwest Ohio. Follow her campaign:— Ohio House Dems (@OhioHouseDems) February 5, 2018
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In 2005, President Donald Trump allegedly tried to kiss Rachel Crooks without her consent. When Trump ran for president, she and 18 other women came together to alert America about the then-Republican candidate’s past of sexual misconduct.
Now, she’s running for the Ohio legislature to help change the country for the better.
In an interview for Cosmopolitan, Crooks said that she’s running for state legislature in Ohio, in part, because she wants to be a voice for women who have been victimized by sexual predators.
After Trump went on to be elected president, despite being accused of sexual misconduct by over a dozen women, Crooks said she felt that she should be standing for others like her.
“I think my voice should have been heard then, and I’ll still fight for it to be heard now,” Crooks said. “Americans are really upset with politics as usual, and I want to be a voice for them.”
As part of her agenda, Crooks said she hopes to expand access to health care to locals across the state of Ohio. She also hopes to be able to reform the state’s education system. To do that, she wants to target charter schools and shift the money allocated to them back into government-run schools.
With the support of Ohio’s Democratic Party, Crooks could win the Democratic primary in May, which would then put her in the position of challenging incumbent state Rep. Bill Reineke, a Republican. The 88th District, which is the one she would represent, favored Trump in 2016, but in the two previous presidential elections, the district went to President Barack Obama.
Crooks said she believes that after a year of Trump's bad leadership, which she called “erratic and ineffective,” the district will vote for her. But most importantly, she added, women are finally coming together in light of the sex scandals involving Hollywood moguls, sports doctors, and politicians. She said she believes that her decision to run could benefit women and the movement that has just sprung.
“Women are uniting,” Crooks said. “The momentum is now. I want to be part of it.”
After seeing so many women run for office following Trump’s win, Crooks said she felt inspired, even if she had never thought of running before.
Crooks may have been a victim of Trump, his power, and his fame in the past, but now she’s ready to fight for others like her, and she is going to start by helping people in her community. If there is one good thing that has come out of Trump's presidency, it's the influx of fed up women and minorities who have been compelled to become more politically active.