This week I am joining over a dozen mayors from across the state on a bus tour of Ohio to campaign for Hillary Clinton. As mayors, we are elected to represent our communities, and to make decisions that are best for the future of our cities.
I joined this bus tour because I believe that there will be no greater impact to the sustained positive future of our communities, our state and our country than electing Hillary Clinton as our next president — and I want to spread the word.
Hillary Clinton will be a strong partner for Ohio cities and Dayton’s working families. Hillary has a plan to invest in the infrastructure cities like Dayton desperately need, to fix our crumbling roads and bridges. I was so proud to guarantee paid family leave for Dayton employees, and now Hillary has a plan to do the same for all working families in America. Through my work on the City of Learners project, I have learned the importance of early childhood education. Hillary will give every child the opportunity to attend a quality pre-school and double our investment in Head Start programs. Small businesses are crucial to Dayton’s recovery, and Hillary will make access to financing easier for small businesses so that they may grow.
On the other hand, Donald Trump has consistently shown that he cares about one thing: Donald Trump. He wants to give trillions in tax cuts to millionaires just like him and his friends while we struggle to maintain our infrastructure. In fact, Donald Trump’s plan could cost Ohio in excess of 100,000 jobs. He suggested women who face sexual harassment in the workplace should change careers. Is that the agenda of a leader who is looking out for cities like Dayton?
The contrast could not be starker in this election. The choice is between someone who has fought for working families versus a man who continues to just look out for himself. We need a leader who can help build the future of cities like Dayton, and that person, I believe, is Hillary Clinton.
Ohioans have a track record of embracing strong leaders — especially women — and this year, with our vote, we have the opportunity to continue that trend.
NAN WHALEY, DAYTON. Whaley is mayor of the city of Dayton.
This Letter to the Editor appeared in the Dayton Daily News on September 21, 2016. http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/news/opinion/whaley-joins-clinton-bus-tour/nsbnx/