A TRUE AMERICAN STORY
Hi, my name is Kevin Barnet, and I've been a resident of Ohio for the last 14 years. My family moved here from New York to open and run a bed and breakfast. After we sold the business, my wife Kathy and I decided to stay in Ohio, because we had found the place we wanted to raise our children and grow old together.
I've always been interested in politics, but it wasn't until after this last presidential election that I felt I could no longer sit on the sidelines and take a passive stance. I started by getting involved with the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017. My wife and younger daughter traveled to Washington to march, while my older daughter marched in Chicago and my son attended a rally in Lafayette, Indiana. I marched in Wooster, and I was touched and invigorated to see so many people united and standing up for basic human and women's rights.
You see, women's rights are so important to me because I was raised by two women. My father died when I was 10 years old in a car accident at work. Shortly after that, my sister, 18 years my senior, was getting a divorce and my mother and sister bought a two-family house to be together. After a few years, when money got tight, my mother and I moved downstairs to live with my sister and her 3 kids so we could rent the apartment to help make ends meet. I didn't think we grew up poor, but I did know my house was the only one with a padlock on the kitchen door, so that my two teenage nephews and I couldn't raid the kitchen when my mom and sister were working. The food we had was for meals, not for snacking.
When I was 17 years old Ronald Reagan came to office and was cutting Social Security benefits to dependent children over 18 years old unless they were in college. So, in January of my senior year of high school, I was forced to enroll in the local community college so my mom could continue getting my Social Security benefits. These experiences taught me how important a living wage, pay equality, access to quality healthcare, and Social Security are for women, but also in a larger sense important to everyone.
As I became more involved and started to talk with people, I was shocked to find so many people afraid to speak their minds because of their standing in the community. That's when I decided I wanted to give voice to the voiceless, and run for Ohio Legislature, District 70 House of Representatives seat in 2020.
If you elect me, I promise to fight for: affordable comprehensive medical coverage for everyone including seniors and people with preexisting conditions; a living wage; the bargaining rights of the middle class worker; our public education system; putting people before profits; the rights of the marginalized in our communities, and the rights of the voiceless. I believe in fairness and dignity for all. My name is Kevin Barnet and I want to be your state representative.