COLUMBUS, OH – Today the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) and their 34,000 members from across the state announced their endorsement of State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) for Ohio Secretary of State.
“As a state representative, Kathleen Clyde has stood with OAPSE members and retirees and has been a strong voice for full education funding and strong public schools. She is leading the fight for voting rights for every Ohioan, and for simple and fair access to the ballot box for every voter. That is why we are supporting Kathleen Clyde for Ohio’s next Secretary of State,” said Joe Rugola, OAPSE executive director.
OAPSE, an American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) affiliate, is a statewide union with more than 34,000 members in 480 locals throughout the state. These members include Ohioans who serve school children, community and technical college students, early childhood programs, children and adults with special needs and those who use our public libraries and community services.
“While in the Statehouse, Kathleen has demonstrated exceptional leadership in fighting for OAPSE members and the people we serve — Ohio’s children and our state’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Mr. Rugola. “We strongly believe that Ohio communities deserve a Secretary of State who will put workers and their families first, and who will fight for open and fair elections. Kathleen Clyde is the right person for the job.”
“I am incredibly proud and humbled to have the support of OAPSE and their hard-working members from across Ohio,” said Rep. Clyde. “There is no doubt our communities are stronger because of the tireless work of OAPSE members. As Secretary of State, I will fight alongside of OAPSE to protect the rights of workers and retirees and to ensure their voices are heard in our democracy.
Rep. Clyde announced her candidacy for Ohio Secretary of State in May 2017. While in the legislature, she fought against Senate Bill 5 and other attacks on collective bargaining. She has been a relentless advocate for redistricting reform and voting rights, including fighting for early voting, working to stop illegal voter purging, and helping regain the rights of young people to vote in presidential primaries. She currently represents the 75th Ohio house district in Portage County.
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