The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections reports that voters in the 13th House District will send Michael J. Skindell to represent them in Columbus, with almost 78% of the vote. Thank you to everyone who has supported this campaign!
Voting is underway in Ohio, now through Election Day—Tuesday, November 6.
On Wednesday, Sen. Skindell joined Democratic candidates for the General Assembly, US House, and statewide offices for a rally at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
Voters in Cuyahoga County may cast a ballot in person at the Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, any day of the week through Election Day. Hours are listed online.
The following people and organizations have endorsed Michael J. Skindell for State Representative, House District 13:
- Ohio AFL-CIO
- Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union Local 19
- Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO)
- Cleveland Teachers Union
- Communications Workers of America D4
- Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus
- Meghan George, Lakewood City Council At-large
- Northshore AFL-CIO
- Ohio Federation of Teachers
- Plumbers Local 55
- NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
- National Nurses United
- Northeast Ohio Sierra Club
- Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund
- Our Revolution
- Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio
- Tristan Rader, Lakewood City Council At-large
- United Food & Commercial Workers Local 880
- Working Families Party
On Wednesday, September 12, state Senator Mike Skindell took part in a panel discussion on the topic “Gun Violence: What are the Options?” The panel, organized by the League of Women Voters and hosted by Case Western, included Dr. Daniel Flannery, Cleveland MHA chief André González, and state Representative Mike Henne. Peter Krouse moderated the discussion.
All four panel members agreed on the necessity for further measures to prevent gun violence, including Dayton Republican Rep. Henne, and Skindell who is the Democratic candidate for Ohio House District 13.
The panel also agreed that such measures are currently stalled, in Ohio’s General Assembly and in Congress, both of which are controlled by Republican majorities.
Skindell noted that he reintroduced legislation earlier this year to let Ohio renew an effective, but lapsed, federal assault weapons ban. He has also signed on in support of other measures including universal background checks, “red flag” laws, bump stock restrictions, and stopping domestic abusers’ access to firearms.
The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund is a political action committee, formed “to protect and enhance the environment and the health of all Ohio communities by advancing critical priorities, holding policymakers accountable, and electing environmental champions.”
State Senator Michael J. Skindell is privileged to be recognized by the OEC Action Fund as one of its endorsed 2018 candidates.
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Over the summer, Sen. Skindell worked with colleagues in the Legislature to place much-needed regulation on the payday lending industry, and provide relief for consumers from astronomical fees and interest rates.
Over a decade ago, The Ohio Legislature worked to regulate the industry by capping interest rates and limiting the size of loans lenders could provide. The lenders took advantage of a loophole, registering under a different section of Ohio law so they did not have to cap interest rates or fees. After ten years, Ohio now has one of the highest average interest rates in the nation, coming in at a whopping five hundred and ninety one percent. With one in ten Ohioans having taken out a “payday” loan, these higher interest rates and fees total hundreds of millions of dollars each year leaving the state and padding the pockets of out-of-state lenders.
State Sen. Mike Skindell will join a select group of 14 legislators for the “Toward a Cleaner Lake Erie” working group’s first meeting, at 1 p.m. this afternoon.
Skindell, who currently represents a densely populated portion of the Lake Erie shore, has warned of the lake’s increasingly dire condition. As ABC news explains,
Algae in water is typically non-toxic and invisible to the human eye, but if allowed to accumulate to levels where it is visibly thick it can become toxic.
At toxic levels, algae can destroy marine ecosystems by killing animals and depleting water of oxygen.
Lake Erie is well past this threshold, Skindell says. “It’s a green muck” in the lake’s western basin.
The problem is worsening, too.
In August, State senator Mike Skindell was the invited guest of the Westlake Democratic Club, whose president Vern Long introduced him by saying that in Ohio’s General Assembly, “there are a few people who will stand up for all of us—this is the guy who’ll lead the charge.”
Skindell spent the evening discussing examples of how Ohio’s government, entirely controlled by Republicans since 2011, has by contrast prioritized special interests.
Skindell explained that Ohio is among the worst states in the nation for exorbitant payday lending rates, which trap working people in a cycle of debt. The state passed reforms in 2008, but lenders quickly found a loophole which the legislature’s Republican majority refused to close. As recently as June, the majority went to extraordinary lengths to defeat a motion by Skindell that would have moved reform out of the Finance Committee for a vote by the full Ohio Senate.