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One of Enoch’s top priorities if she wins election is affordable health care.
“Providing affordable health care is an urgent need in our district because of the high rate of pre-existing conditions, and the high rates of cancer, heroin addiction and other chronic health conditions,” she said.
She also plans to address job creation and economic growth, and “saving” Social Security.
“Under the current administration, Social Security has come under significant threats that impact residents of Ohio’s 8th Congressional District,” she said. “Significant cuts to Social Security Disability benefits will require that millions of beneficiaries re-prove their disability, and endure years of red tape to prove that they are still eligible.”
President Donald Trump's 2021 fiscal year budget includes cuts to Social Security, though on Twitter he stated he "will not be touching" Social Security or Medicare in the 2021 fiscal year budget.
Guyette’s top priorities will include re-establishing the rule of law.
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“The person we have in the White House, and what’s been happening in Congress, I feel like we’re abandoning our historic commitment to the rule of law,” said Guyette. “We’re turning into a country of men instead of laws, and that’s a dangerous slippery slope, whichever party you believe in.”
Guyette also wants to represent the average citizen better, agreeing with many of the Democratic presidential candidates calling the system rigged economically and in terms of power in Washington, D.C.
“I think the government works great for people who have the money to employ the lobbyists, and the lawyers and the accountants to get what they want,” he said. “The problem is that it’s not working so well for the rest of us.”
Guyette also wants to bring back “good manufacturing jobs” to the region, instead of seeing them shipped overseas.
Enoch and Guyette believe in cooperation and compromise when trying to present legislation.
For Enoch, she has already solicited opinions from Democrats and Republicans on how to address many key issues, such as health care, gun legislation and the opioid crises.
“I believe that the best policy grows out of listening to people with differing opinions and points of view,” said Enoch. “I have always valued the opinions of others regardless of our differences.”
Enoch plans to establish “Policy Advisor Circles” in each of the counties within the district to discuss issues and concerns of voters. The goal is to have bi-partisan recommendations for policy solutions.
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The question of how to work across the aisle is a common question on the minds of voters, said Guyette. He said it’s hard for politicians to work in a bi-partisan fashion.
“A lot of politicians of both parties, when they get to Washington, they forget the people that sent them there,” said Guyette. “They get caught up in the party politics, and they often end up voting against the interest of their constituents. I think the key is to keep in mind what people in the 8th District … If you keep the needs of the constituents in mind, then that will necessitate you working across the aisle because the people on the other side are going to have those same interests in mind as well. They may have a different perspective … but that’s how the political process is supposed to work.”
Registered voters can cast early votes now, either at the Butler County Board of Elections, 1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton, or request an absentee ballot to vote at home. Election Day voting hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 17.