Name: Theresa Gasper
City of Residence: Beavercreek, Ohio
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office Sought: Representative for the 10th Ohio Congressional District
Election Website: https://www.gasperforcongress.com/
Why should you be elected?
I want to make sure that the community I grew up in and love has a voice in Washington. The special interests and corporations clearly have theirs with our current congressman. I am a fourth-generation Daytonian and local small business owner. We deserve a representative who understands the challenges we face and will work to raise wages, lower healthcare costs, and create more local, good-paying jobs. I have worked to make my community a better place to live, work and raise a family by reinvesting in and renovating homes that have fallen into disrepair through my company, Full Circle Development. We need leaders with the courage to fight for us in DC, and that’s what I am prepared to do.
Top Three Priorities:
My top three priorities would be to help create opportunities for good-paying, middle-class jobs, increase access to affordable health care and treatment, and reforms to even the playing field between corporations and workers.
We must invest in continuing skills training and workforce development programs in our colleges and universities, encouraging businesses and workers to settle down locally. On health care, we need to incentivize marketplace competition to keep costs down. Small businesses have to be able to enroll their employees without taking on huge cost increases. And I would advocate for federal policies that would hold pharmaceutical companies liable for the addictive and harmful substances in prescription drugs, as well as increase state funding and infrastructure for treatment and recovery.
Lastly, we have to support and maintain workers’ right to unionize and collective bargaining and raise the federal minimum wage and tipped minimum wage. In conjunction, we should close loopholes that allow corporate abuse and corporations to ship jobs overseas, undoing the harmful provisions previously passed through Congress as part of the recent Republican tax law.
Theresa is a small business owner who grew up in Dayton’s South Park neighborhood. Through hard work and dedication, she built a thriving business, the largest business center in the city, and has been able to give back to the community she came from. For the past 12 years, she has worked to make Dayton a better place by reinvesting in and renovating homes that have fallen into disrepair through her company, Full Circle Development. Now, she is fighting to provide those same opportunities for Southwest Ohio.