TIFFIN, OH – TiffinOhio.net has confirmed that Rachel Crooks (D-Tiffin) is running for a seat in the Ohio State House of Representatives against two-term incumbent Rep. Bill Reineke (R).
A Democrat and first-time candidate, Crooks told Cosmopolitan Magazine she was stirred to run because, “despite the #MeToo movement knocking down powerful men in a broad range of industries, the president has escaped the consequences of his alleged sexual abuse.”
Crooks, who is currently an employee of Heidelberg University, said that she introduced herself to Trump in 2005 outside an elevator in Trump Tower in Manhattan, where she worked as a receptionist, and that he kissed her on the mouth.
“I think my voice should have been heard then, and I’ll still fight for it to be heard now,” Crooks, 35, told Cosmopolitan Magazine. “Americans are really upset with politics as usual, and I want to be a voice for them.”
According to a local source familiar with the campaign, some of the top priorities of her campaign include helping to create more jobs in the area, ensure access to affordable health care, and fix the state’s education system.
She has the backing of the Ohio Democratic Party as well as the Seneca County Democratic Party, and if she wins her May primary, she’ll face incumbent Reineke.
Dylan Poe, the digital & social media director for the Seneca County Democratic Party, had this to say about Crooks’ campaign: “We are so excited about Rachel’s candidacy for the Ohio House of Representatives. Rachel will be a phenomenal advocate for the people in Ohio’s 88th House district.”
Though Ohio’s 88th congressional district went for Trump in 2016, Crooks says that, given his “erratic and ineffective” presidency, they may now be rethinking their decision to vote for him. That, she says, along with the surge of political activism in the wake of his election, will help her win.