Every day, people ask me why I decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. This is a fair question. I am not one the usual suspects. I am not wealthy. Not influential. Not powerful. I am like you. I am a middle-aged mother who lives in a house in the country three miles from the nearest paved road. I have spent the last twenty years raising my five children and working part-time. I’m a Nobody from Nowhere, and Nobodies don’t usually run for Congress, in our country. And that's been one of our biggest problems, because the self-appointed Somebodies in our current government simply don't understand what we need to improve the lives of the ordinary people who live, work, and raise their families in our communities. I'm Shawna Roberts, and I'm like you.
WHAT DO I STAND FOR?
It is crucial that we strive for living wages for Ohio’s workers. There’s no reason that corporate profits should increase while workers continue to make poverty-level wages. We support the growth of small business in the district, as well as the integration of fossil fuel and alternative energy jobs into our diverse economy.
About a quarter of the people in this district rely on Medicaid for healthcare, while many others can barely afford to pay their premiums, and some have to go without the medical treatment that they need. We need to continue to fund Medicare, Medicaid, the ACA, and ultimately Universal Healthcare Coverage. Healthcare is as essential to our infrastructure as roads and bridges are.
Access to high-speed internet is crucial in today’s world. Many areas in our district do not have access to
affordable internet, and have to rely on expensive, slow solutions ranging from satellite dishes to internet purchased through wireless phone plans. Shawna will work to get high-speed, affordable internet for the entire district, as it is one of her biggest campaign promises.
Education, simply put, is a matter of national security. In order to ensure a bright future for our nation’s youth, our first responsibility must be to provide a high quality education to all kids in the district. We must also focus on providing affordable higher education and vocational training for everyone in the district to set them up for success without throwing them into years of debt.
Along with expanding access to rural broadband and affordable internet across the district, Shawna will also work hard to update and repair our roads and bridges, modernize our schools, fix our aging infrastructure, and ensure the creation of secure, good-paying jobs for the middle and working classes of Ohio.
Shawna is committed to reduce greenhouse gases and cut down on carbon pollution. It is important to combat climate change to secure the futures of generations to come, while also protecting the many natural resource jobs that keep the economy of the district running.
The Opioid Epidemic
Our district has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic and we have seen the damage it has caused to our friends and families. Ohio in particular ranks third in the nation in opioid overdose deaths. Shawna will work to reduce the addictive abuse of opioids, while expanding medicaid and medicare to cover addiction treatment. She will also work with local law enforcement to ensure that they are properly equipped to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the district.
As a proud and responsible gun owner herself, Shawna believes that we as Americans must take sensible action to address the increasing levels of gun violence in the United States. Shawna will work to protect the safety of the citizens of this district by expanding and strengthening background checks on those purchasing guns, while closing loopholes that allow dangerous men and women to acquire guns with the intent of harming people. Shawna also advocates for the allocation of funds and resources to the US Centers for Disease Control, in order for them to conduct better research on the study of gun violence as a public health issue.