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Signs of support in many forms

Formal endorsements continue to arrive for Michael J. Skindell for State Rep. Recently, North Shore AFL-CIO announced its endorsement of Skindell, joining a long list of labor organizations including Communications Workers of America, Ohio Federation of Teachers, United Food & Commercial Workers, and National Nurses United among others.

Literal signs of support are also sprouting from more and more yards in House District 13. If you would like a yard sign (or if you lost one after a windy day and need a replacement) you can send in your sign request with this form.

This week’s reception at Astoria Café and Market was a welcome opportunity to spend some time with friends and supporters. Old and new volunteers gathered, along with a number of elected officials including: State Representative Nickie Antonio; County Council member Dale Miller; Lakewood City Council Members Dan O’Malley, Meghan George and Tristan Rader; among others.

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Skindell Encourages “Yes” on Issue 1 Redistricting Reform

State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) is calling on all Ohio’s eligible voters to support Issue 1, on the May primary ballot. Early voting for the primary begins Tuesday, April 10, and voters of any party as well as independents can vote on ballot issues.

Skindell encourages everyone to vote Yes on Issue 1, a bipartisan reform to Ohio’s congressional redistricting process.

Under the existing process, “The gerrymandering of our state’s congressional districts creates more partisanship that undermines our ability to find common ground on issues affecting Ohioans on a daily basis,” Skindell said last May.

Skindell has fought for years to get gerrymandering out of Ohio politics. (more…)

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio endorses Skindell for state rep.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio announced today its endorsement of Michael J. Skindell in the Democratic primary to represent Ohio House District 13.

Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Kellie Copeland said “Members of the current Ohio House have co-sponsored legislation that would subject women who access abortion care to the death penalty. Pro-choice Ohioans can count on our endorsed legislative candidates to stand up against these dangerous proposals. Our endorsed candidates are committed to policies that will improve access to quality affordable reproductive health care in our state.

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Sen. Skindell congratulates activists for bringing fair dog laws to Lakewood

State Senator Michael J. Skindell congratulates local activists, whose campaign to bring fair dog laws to Lakewood finally succeeded Monday evening, after a decade of effort.

At the April 2, 2018 Lakewood City Council meeting, council members voted for updated legislation, that ends the city’s pit-bull ban and 10 years of discriminatory breed-specific legislation (BSL).

As a legislator Skindell dedicated years to a parallel effort, to repeal statewide BSL, which expert studies have found impractical, costly and potentially counterproductive to public safety. In session after session, Skindell introduced, co-sponsored and voted for bills to make Ohio law breed-neutral. In 2012, his own persistence finally met with success.

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Campaign trail notes

Thursday evening, Sen. Skindell addressed a room of well over 100 people at the Lakewood Democratic Club’s March meeting. A number of candidates for statehouse and other offices joined the unusually large crowd drawn by two candidates for Ohio governor: Richard Cordray & Dennis Kucinich.

During his own brief remarks, in-between the two headline guests, Skindell talked through highlights of what he has accomplished as a legislator:

  • Drafting the first budget in 70 years to receive unanimous support in the Ohio House
  • Getting the Department of Disabilities records online for the first time
  • Passing legislation letting judges extend protection orders to companion animals, which too often have been threatened or harmed to attack a person granted a protection order
  • Creating Ohio’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard
  • Pushing back firmly against the initial draft of a congressional redistricting update—which reformers also derided as a sham—and helping to steer negotiations toward the far better language of Issue 1

Earlier in the week, Skindell paid a visit to Cleveland’s Ward 15 Democratic Club. (more…)

Recognition by Moms Demand Action

Michael J. Skindell for State Representative has been recognized as a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Everytown Survivor Network, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than four million supporters.

The group awards the Gun Sense Candidate distinction to those “standing up for gun violence prevention and recognizing gun safety.”

Skindell’s record on gun laws includes:

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Advocacy for our environment

Defending clean air and water has been a consistent priority for Mike Skindell. Upon first arriving in the General Assembly, he went to work promoting a renewable energy portfolio standard; years of effort ultimately got this standard passed and signed into law. Skindell has steadfastly opposed efforts to eliminate the renewable energy standard; he has worked hard to restrict fracking, and reform unreasonable setback rules that have stalled wind-energy development in Ohio.

Both the Ohio Environmental Council and the Nature Conservancy have recognized Skindell’s work. On Monday, March 12, they were joined by Cleveland’s newest political advocacy group. The Westside Enviro Dems hosted a reception and fundraiser for Skindell, as well as state senate candidate Nickie J. Antonio and House District 14 candidate Steve Holecko.

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AFL-CIO & more endorsements

The Ohio AFL-CIO has endorsed Michael J. Skindell for State Representative. The endorsement is an honor, and welcome recognition of Skindell’s commitment to working families:

  • support for collective bargaining
  • support for project labor agreements
  • opposition to privatization of public services
  • support for a $15 minimum wage
  • support for pay equity
  • opposition to “right to work” for less

The Ohio AFL-CIO represents nearly two-thirds of a million workers in more than 1500 affiliated unions.

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Campaign Kick-off

A standing-room-only crowd attended the official kick-off rally of Michael J. Skindell’s campaign for state representative, District 13, on Sunday.

Crowd at Skindell, Antonio, Holecko kickoff rally

The rally also served as grand opening of a shared office for the campaigns of Skindell, Nickie J. Antonio for state senate District 23, and Steve Holecko for state representative District 14. All three candidates have been endorsed by the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus.

Skindell spoke to the substantial crowd about both his history as a legislator, and why he is passionate about continuing in public service as a state representative.

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