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The Democratic Party Platform
A strong middle class

Democrats believe the middle class is the backbone of our economy. We support working families by:

  • Making quality, affordable health care a right for all people.

  • Protecting wages and the rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain.

  • Expanding access to affordable housing and making homeownership a possibility for all people.

  • Protecting and expanding hard-earned Social Security and Medicare benefits.

  • Reforming our tax system to reward hard work and close corporate loopholes.

Accountability to the people

Democrats believe government should be accountable to the people, not the powerful, wealthy, special interests that want to stack the deck in their favor. We will ensure our government remains democratic by:


  • Ending rampant gerrymandering and enacting a redistricting process that requires competitive districts that reflect the community.

  • Protecting the right to vote for all people, and fighting voter suppression in all its forms.

  • Reforming our criminal justice system to get smart on crime and invest wisely in programs that have been proven to support and protect all communities.

  • Demanding that our public institutions and elected officials commit to transparency and honest, ethical dealings.

Economic opportunity for all

Democrats believe people should be rewarded for hard work and have opportunities to succeed in our economy. We will create opportunities by:


  • Investing in roads, airports, bridges, and other basic infrastructure to power, connect, and move us into the 21st Century.

  • Supporting entrepreneurship and small businesses, which are the lifeblood of local Main Streets in cities across America.

  • Ensuring all of our children have the chance to succeed by investing in high-quality public schools, universal pre-K education, and programs to curb youth unemployment.

  • Cementing Ohio’s competitiveness in the 21st Century economy by making quality, affordable higher education and job training programs accessible to all.

  • Eradicating employment and housing discrimination on the basis of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

A clean environment

Democrats stand with science to affirm that global climate change is real and can be slowed down or reversed by human activity. We will work for a green planet by:


  • Investing in modern, clean energy infrastructure to power our community.

  • Protecting natural resources and beauty as the birthright of future generations.

  • Defending land, air, and water against contamination and other forms of pollution.

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