Janet Garrett isn’t giving up on her dream of becoming a U.S. Congresswoman.
For the second time, she has announced her intention to oust Congressman Jim Jordan in the House of Representatives.
Ohio’s 4th District will be up for grabs again in 2016. Garrett, a Democrat, launched her campaign in October against the Republican incumbent.
A write-in candidate last year against Jordan, she lost in a 68-32 landslide decision. She did take Lorain County by a nearly 10 percent margin and had more than a third of votes in Seneca, Sandusky, Marion, Huron, and Erie counties.
“We have a lot of reasons to feel this election will go our way this time,” Garrett said.
The main reason is she is no longer working full-time as a teacher. She retired last year after teaching for 35 years.
“I loved teaching, but I really find that I love campaigning,” Garrett said.
She is also starting her campaign earlier and it’ll be a presidential election year, so more people will be out voting.
“Last time I only had six months,” Garrett said. “Last time it was the loosest voter turnout since the Second World War”
Now she plans to visit residents across the large district, both to hear their concerns and talk to them about what she is fighting for.
“I want a fair playing field,” Garrett said. “I want people that work hard and play by the rules to be able to make the American dream.”
Part of the process will be narrowing her platform, but after seeing how many items the 2016 presidential candidates are concerned over she’s not scaling back on her issues.
“I’m not worried about it anymore because I have a lot of issues I’m worried about,” Garrett said.
She is concerned about health care, education, women’s rights, the environment, income and equality, and seniors losing their Social Security and Medicare benefits.
“Jim Jordan has voted 52 times to take away the health care,” Garret said.
Garrett also wants to do more about climate change. She said sea waters are rising, the U.S. is facing more extreme hurricanes, and farmers are impacted by our climate crisis.
“We have to begin to address climate crisis in a robust way or else we will not have a future,” she said. “I think we’re beyond the speculation on this.”
The retired teacher is extremely worried about the state of public education and the way standardized tests are used.
“Testing will not solve our problems,” she said.
Garrett wants to return to basics that will ensure quality education, small class sizes, good teachers, and to make sure teachers have the tools they need.
“We want them to be totally focused on the children,” she said. “We need to empower our teachers so they can empower the children.”
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.
Courtesy Photo Janet Garrett is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio’s 4th District against Congressman Jim Jordan.