|Running for||58th Ohio House District|
|Education||Graduate of: Kent State University - BS in Nursing Youngstown State University - AAS in Respiratory Care Youngstown State University - BS in Combined Science Austintown Fitch High School|
|Family||Matthew (23), Marcus (19) & Donovan (17) McWilson|
|Family in office?||N/A|
|Reasons for running||I am running for State Representative because I sincerely care about this district and the constituents of the valley. I have been very active in the community and have listened to the concerns of people as a nurse and a community activist. I have worked in the healthcare profession for the past 26 years and became a registered nurse over 10 years ago because I care. That same reason which drew me to a career in nursing now draws me to help this wonderful community and the constituents of the 58th District.
|Priorities||Three issues are particularly important to our community:
2. Jobs (Right to collaborative assembly, oil, gas & fracking industry)
|Qualifications||I am a longtime resident of this district and I have lived here my entire life, I am proud to be a part of the Mahoning Valley and proud to have raised three beautiful sons in this community. I am a registered nurse and find tremendous satisfaction in helping those in need. Also, I am a lifetime Democrat, Mahoning County Democratic Executive Board Member, current District Leader, Precinct Committee Member and former Assistant District Leader in my area. I've been involved in the political area for nearly 35 years. The pulse of this district is rooted well within my heart and I understand, first hand, the needs of the people in the 58th district. Which has been proven by my career path as a healthcare professional.|
|Positions on the issues||First: healthcare. Healthcare affects all of us on a daily basis, regardless of age. As a nurse, I have seen the struggles people face when deciding how to manage the rising costs of healthcare. Do they pay bills, buy food, or fill the necessary, but costly, prescriptions necessary to get better? No one should cut back on the necessities of life, such as food, because of the rising costs of healthcare or prescription medication. We need to ensure that our elderly, working families, and less fortunate are better served with healthcare needs through governmental programs.
Second: jobs. Unemployment lines have affected the constituents in the 58th district. We must work to increase the number of jobs within our community and work with local businesses, schools, and universities in order to make our district more appealing to outside companies. If we can attract those companies to come to our district, more jobs will be created and the economy will grow stronger. The oil, gas and fracking are ways we can increase the job force and improve the economy. However, fracking will only be advantageous to our district if appropriate policies and procedures are followed so that fracking is carried out in a fashion which is environmentally sound. I remember, as I’m sure you do, where you were when the earthquake shook the ground due to fracking. We need the proper preparing of sites for drilling, rig work, casing, cementing, moving equipment, and the hydraulic fracturing process as a whole, if we want to reap the benefits of fracking in the long run.
Third: education. The future of our district lies in the hands of our children and education is integral in ensuring the prosperity of our community. As a single parent, I have worked hard to make certain that my children received a solid education. I made countless sacrifices in order to afford sending them to parochial school but we should not have to turn away from the public school system. We need to improve the public school systems and invest more in our area so that all children in our community receive a competitive education.