Candidate Name: Troy Doucet
Candidate’s Preferred Pronouns
What office are you running for?
Ohio State Senate, District 16
With which party are you running for office?
Primary March 17th, 2020
Why are you running for office?
I am running for the 16th District of the Ohio Senate because I believe that government should focus on people again. Our leaders must represent the best of our values: empathy, wisdom, honesty, and integrity.
I believe that people make Ohio great. Ohioans care about their neighbors and their communities. We look after each other in the tough times, and celebrate together in the good times. Ohioans represent the best of who Americans can be, and the best of the values we seek for our kids to follow.
When government puts people first, our kids grow up smarter and wiser with a strong public education. Our neighborhoods are safer with police and fire who are properly funded and highly trained. Our infrastructure is stronger with businesses that can easily move goods and services in and through Ohio. Our kids are more compassionate, more understanding, and believe that honesty and integrity matter.
When government puts us first, Ohioans are healthier because they have affordable healthcare and a cleaner environment. Women have greater control over their own destinies through the availability of reproductive care. People of color and our LGBTQ friends are treated equally so that Ohio is an example of strength through understanding, respect, and compassion. When government thinks about people first, our lives improve.
As a business owner, I know businesses want to grow in great states with great people, like Ohio. Business leaders want strong schools, an educated workforce, and access to transportation hubs. They want great infrastructure and investment in technology. These things make their businesses run well.
Business leaders also want a good quality of life for their employees. They want safe, welcoming neighborhoods. They want cultural events, parks, and recreational activities. They want to be in communities that invest in being better and whose leaders are positive examples for others to follow.
Building and investing in stronger communities creates an environment that attracts opportunity. Businesses need strong neighborhoods to grow, and a growing Ohio means more opportunities for its people. When we improve the lives of people, our economy booms too!
Unfortunately, many of our elected leaders have forgotten that the greatness of Ohio is its people. The politicians enrich themselves instead of finding bipartisan ways of improving our lives. They have forgotten the kinds of values that make us good people. The results of their poor leadership in Ohio has caused us to fall to 38th in the nation in US News’s annual report.
I want us to refocus on our strong neighborhoods, our people, and our communities. When government puts us first, our lives get better. I want our policies to reflect a focus on improving Ohioan’s lives, instead of obsessing over a handful of extreme issues. I want us to tackle the challenges we face head-on with long-term plans instead of short-term gimmicks. I want to lead by setting a good example. Our government needs to put people first again.
Good governance starts with having a vision for a better Ohio, and leaders who represent the good in all of us. It requires we think about what Ohio should look like in 25 to 50 years. From that vision, we can develop a plan on how to get there. A plan enables us to evaluate cost and make wise decisions based in terms of value for our money. It also keeps us focused on the bigger picture. As a business owner and consumer lawyer, I have the skills set to make that happen at the place where laws are made.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
Healthcare, good education, and equity in economic opportunity remain driving issues in the 16th district, and these are the issues we need to focus on to improve the lives of all Ohioans.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
We have to lead with values. When we frame political issues in terms of values, we can reach out to people of all political inclinations because we start with what unites us, not what divides us. I believe most people can agree that ideas like respect, compassion, empathy, understanding, truth, family community, dignity, and justice are important to each of us. If we build a connection based on those values, we can use them to articulate how we get to our preferred policy positions. I believe that even if those across the political divide do not end up agreeing with us on the specific policies, they will at least listen to us and better understand where we are coming from. Thus, they may be more willing to rationally (or meaningfully) engage with us regarding our differences rather than resorting to a shouting match.
Who is your hero?
I draw inspiration from past leaders who have maintained their focus on serving society, especially the poor, despite significant personal hardships or challenges.
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy gardening, and I have several fruiting trees and bushes in my yard.
What is the most recent book you read?
I recently started reading “Thinking Like Sherlock Holmes.”
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
I have two daughters, Alondra (14) and Claire (seven months). I also have two rescue dogs. I have a poodle named Suzy and a peek-a-poo named Bella. None of my houseplants talk to me.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
You can sign up to volunteer at troydoucet.com/take-action. We have a need for volunteers for a variety of different campaign activities, and we would welcome every person who signs up. You can also follow our social media and share and retweet our posts to boost our message.
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
How do voters know I’ll be true to my campaign promises when elected?
We should look to a candidate whose past work reveals their character. I’ve devoted my professional live to helping people as a consumer protection lawyer and want to continue my people-first work in the legislature.
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