Women have different priorities. Studies show we will focus on our families

We marched. We run. We can break through the glass ceiling in OH-1.

The moment I enter Congress, you will see a change in direction to our lives, our needs, our community. 

-I  will fight for our children to have a healthy start, good schools, healthy, nutritious meals, safe communities, and toxic-free environments.  

-I will work non-stop to make sure that Congress' promise is kept to us to keep our air and water clean, our roads and bridges in good shape (including the Brent Spence Bridge!.

-I will seek to ease the burden of family caregivers and the suffering of their loved ones who can no longer care for themselves: the elderly and the disabled, the chronically ill, and the opiate-addicted. 

-I will empower women in our community through mentorship and in the law. 

-I will work closely  with federal, local law enforcement and re-entry leaders fighting to fund programs that allow re-entry of our friends, neighbors, and family who have lost their way to drugs or addiction or a mental illness and can find their way back to a productive life. 

-I will bring federal dollars back to support our region’s innovators and entrepreneurs, charities, and institutions because it is only through them that we can build a lasting prosperity that will benefit generations to come.

-I will fight for modernization of our transportation system and work closely with our business leaders so we will attract the Amazons of the world to us and keep the Macy's and the P & G's of the world with us. 

-I will fight for laws that protect women against domestic violence and sexual harassment. 

Unfortunately, our Congress - and Congressperson- is doing none of these.

Our Congressman has voted against health care to 23 million Americans, gutting food and nutrition programs, public education, eviscerating Head Start and valuable early education programs, eliminating Medicaid,and free internet access for all. He is against informative food labels, because, God forbid a mother should know what’s in the food she’s feeding her children. He does not see that a tax reform bill that saddles our children with 1.5 trillion dollars in debt is so wrong. 

Our Congressman doesn’t see us – or the devastating impact of anti-women, anti-family, and anti-progress policies on our lives. But we see it.  We see all of it. 

That’s why I’m here today. To change things. To get us moving in a different direction. To make our lives better. To have what matters to us matter in Congress.

I am the 2014 recipient of the Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus Outstanding Achievement award for my work to bring women into office.

I spent seven years leading the fight against texting while driving – because God forbid anyone here, or anyone’s child, should ever be in an accident because someone else was paying attention to their phone instead of the road. 

I am one of the co-founders of the first interfaith camp in our community, KIDs4Peace,  because no kid should be excluded because of his or her faith.

 I’ve written and co-written articles and a book on the impact of the Affordable Care Act and Medical Malpractice on the injured and the poor.  I have clerked for federal judges, taught in law schools, and graduated from Georgetown Law Center. 

Finally, I care about our safety. That’s why I brought together leaders from across our community to make our city safer, including organizing a bipartisan leadership coalition in support of the first new crime lab in over 50 years. It’s also why I am at the forefront of the fight in court, challenging the way bullying is treated in our schools. And serve as a mentor to Tyra, a woman freed after 24 years in prison for a crime she did not commit and now a social justice advocate. 

And it’s why, as your Congressperson, I am committed to delivering –not talking about, but delivering – a new Brent Spence Bridge. That’s not just talk. That’s action. That’s a record of change. And of real results- and across party lines and with all walks of life.

I'm Michele Young, and I know what it means to start from next to nothing. I came to Cincinnati on a Greyhound with barely any money in my pocket. I know what it means to be overlooked. To be ignored. To be dismissed. To be fired for turning down a pass.  To work as a waitress and a secretary in "pink collar" jobs. To be treated the way Congress has treated us and our families. I know what it means to be knocked down, and to come back. I am here for us. I’m not backing down. 

I hear you because we know each other. I see you because we live, work, shop and raise our children in the same district. And I am 100 percent committed to real change, the kind that will help make your life,and the lives of friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family, better. 

Like Bobby Kennedy, my political hero, I believe that our elected officials should endeavor to heal wounds, not open new ones. To appeal to – and inspire – the best in us, not the worst.

I'm Michele Young and after over 200 years, it's time for for us to break that glass ceiling wide open so we can have our voices heard loud.