LIMA — Democratic congressional candidate Janet Garrett continues to tout growing momentum for Democratic candidates in Ohio’s 4th District as she continues her push to oust Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana.
Garrett was in Lima Thursday to speak to the Allen County Democratic Chair’s Club at Casa Lu Al, and prior to the meeting, she expressed optimism as to what she sees as growth in Democratic political activism in the region.
“It’s been crazy busy,” she said. “I’ve been on a tour of the district, trying to meet up with old friends and meet the new people that are rising up like mushrooms everywhere and becoming activists for the first time in their lives because they’re so horrified at what’s going on in our country right now,” she said.
Garrett is now the lone Democratic candidate going into next year’s election, with fellow Democrat Andrew Mackey recently withdrawing his candidacy. Much as she did during her previous visit to Lima in July, Garrett advocated for bringing a single-payer healthcare system to the United States via Medicaid expansion.
“It has been introduced into the House and it will be in the Senate,” she said. “It’s what all the other first-world countries are doing. It would cover everyone from the cradle to the grave, whether you’re working or not or if you have pre-existing conditions.”
Garrett is also pushing for the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act, which was repealed in 1999. The law, according to Garrett, would create a national infrastructure bank and reduce risks to depositors while investing in infrastructure.
“It’s already been introduced in the House by (Rep.) Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, as one of the co-signers,” she said. “It will create a national bank and separate out the shenanigans of the risky banking activities, saying ‘If you want to do that, knock yourselves out, but the taxpayers won’t be on the hook for bailing you out if you go under.”