PRIORITIES

My priorities for House District 16 include placing a focus on economic opportunity, our environment, expanded access to healthcare, support for Ohio's public schools & higher education, and safety for Ohio's families. I will continue to represent Cleveland's west side communities through the following initiatives: 

District 16 
Currently

Ohio's 16th
House District

Monique Smith currently represents Ohio’s 16th House District, which includes Bay Village, Westlake, North Olmsted, Rocky River, and Fairview Park. These are the same communities where Monique’s extended family, husband and friends were born, raised and are still proud to call home.

Because of the Ohio Redistricting process, House District 16 will change in 2023 to include the communities of Bay Village, Westlake, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township and Berea. 

Monique is running for re-election in Ohio House District 16 to continue to serve the majority of her current constituents. 

With a population of 124,466, House District 16 is home to working families and a growing population of senior citizens. Monique understands the needs of the district, and her priorities for House District 16 are informed by the stakeholders and constituents within her district. 

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ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

  • Develop opportunities in 21st century industries, like high-tech and green energy.
     

  • Support small businesses and entrepreneurs who are critical to our local economy.
     

  • Fight for full restoration of Local Government Funds to the communities of my district to ensure communities can offer services including local Police, Fire, Recreation and Senior Services.
     

  • Promote equality, inclusion and equity in Ohio's communities and workplaces, including at the Statehouse itself.

OUR ENVIRONMENT

  • Ohio is not doing nearly enough to protect our environment and prevent continued pollution of Lake Erie. I will promote policies and legislation which prevent the pollution that is causing algal blooms in our lake, invest in ways to stop storm overflow into the lake, invest in green energy, technology and transportation. I support a full repeal of HB6 and will work to restore sustainability initiatives that have been eliminated by the passage of the First Energy bailout. 
     

  • Protect Lake Erie and Ohio's natural resources through legislation which allows for local bans on plastic bags, promoting renewable energy and restricting farm run-off into waterways.
     

  • The effects of climate change are already upon us, and we must act now to limit the impact and protect our environment for current and future generations.

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SUPPORT OHIO'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND
HIGHER EDUCATION

  • Support public schools and teachers by introducing and promoting reforms to school funding and school report card rankings.
     

  • Promote reductions in the high stakes testing load on students and teachers to allow teachers to focus on academic and counseling resources to improve student success and mental health vs. testing and administration.
     

  • Promote steps toward offering quality pre-K in all public schools to improve student performance in later years.
     

  • Propose programs to reduce college debt by allowing students to serve Ohio communities to earn college tuition and loan repayment.
     

  • Promote high school and adult workforce training for in-demand fields with good pay like skilled trades, nursing, high-tech and
    green manufacturing.

     

EXPAND HEALTHCARE ACCESS

  • Promote legislation, funding and programs for services such as opioid abuse prevention and recovery services, safe elder care, affordable prescription drugs, improving infant and maternal health.
     

  • Fight for the restoration of full reproductive health care access and protections.
     

  • Work to make health care and prescription medication affordable for every stage of life.

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SAFETY FOR OHIO FAMILIES

  • Improve safety for Ohio families by fighting for proven, widely supported, common-sense gun legislation like requiring background checks for all gun purchases and implementing red flag laws for individuals who pose an imminent threat to themselves and others.
     

  • Fight against current state funding of Buckeye Firearms Association, an organization that promotes arming our teachers.
     

  • Restore bans on carrying concealed firearms into day cares, bars
    and campuses.

     

  • Promote stronger protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

 

I want to hear from YOU. What do you care about? 

What do you care about in our community?

Thank you for caring about our community!