Name: Sara Bitter
City of Residence: Loveland, Ohio
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office Sought: State Senate District 7
Election Website: http://www.sarabitter.com
Why should you be elected?
As a mother of two children with developmental disabilities, I understand the value of making children and families a priority. I will work to create a Disability, Mental Health and Addiction Caucus in the Ohio legislature. I will use my law and policy background to protect all Ohioans and ensure their voices are heard.
My mom was a nurse and my step dad was a police officer so I always knew I would do public service. I am proud to be endorsed by several great organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police.
Top Three Priorities:
I believe we can do better in preparing all types of learners for the 21st century economy by modernizing and investing in our local public schools. It’s critical that we do a better job preparing our children for their future which won’t happen by spending millions of tax payer dollars on for-profit charter schools.
I believe we can do better in strengthening training and apprenticeship programs to help workers secure better jobs and higher wages. This will bolster local manufacturers and other businesses employing our workers.
I believe we can do better ensuring access to affordable and high-quality healthcare for everyone.
I received my BA in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati and Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. I am a Law Trainee graduate from the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. I served in the White House in the Clinton Administration where I worked in the White House Counsel’s Office as the Assistant to Special Counsel to the President.
Currently, I work at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD) where I am engaged in working on statewide policies and programs throughout Ohio in the areas of employment, community integration and peer support for families of children and adults living with developmental disabilities, special health care and mental health needs.
Previously, I was the Co-Chair for the 2015 Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival and has served on many boards and advisory committees over the years, including the Greater Cincinnati Adapted Sports Club (GCASC) and the Family Advisory Council for the Cincinnati Fragile X Research and Treatment Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.