“It’s very clear in Ohio that we need a new way forward.”
With these words, Morgan Harper, candidate for Rob Portman’s seat in the United States Senate, presented her campaign to Democrats in Auglaize County on Sunday.
She said that over the past 20 years people have seen the results of big multinational interests – and she wants that to change.
“We need to make sure everyone has access to a stable life, to jobs that support families, to deal with this opioid crisis that continues to ravage the state,” she said, listing the issues that she heard during her campaign stops. “I went through a lot in the beginning, but I had the chance to live my potential.”
Harper was born in Columbus and was given up for adoption as a baby. Her early life experience led her to a life in public policy.
She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton and attended Stanford Law School.
“I worked in Washington after the financial crisis with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” Harper said.
She said that in recent years she had focused on big tech companies that were causing economic problems. She wants more opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses to compete. Health care and housing also remain top priorities for Harper.
The grassroots campaign is how she plans to win.
“I’m not trying to be a career politician; I want to be for the people,” Harper said. “I don’t get money from companies. I’m just funded by people who know we need change.
She said you have to have a candidate and a campaign out there, and meet people directly and get people to vote.
“We’re not going to be able to earn this through paid ads,” Harper said. She hears how disillusioned people are with politics.
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