WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- When she said 'me too,' Rachel Crooks accused the now President of unwanted sexual advances. As she campaigns for a seat in the Ohio Statehouse, she argues she can win over voters in a district that voted for the President Donald Trump in the 2016.
Crook's race to represent Sandusky and Seneca counties in Ohio's has drawn national attention. This week she sat in on a panel in Washington D.C. discussing the intersection of the ME TOO movement and the ballot box.
Almost two years ago, just before the presidential election, President Donald Trump denied Crooks' allegation that he inappropriately tried to kiss her in 2006. She said his presidential victory inspired her to run for local office. She won the Democratic Party's nomination in May, running unopposed.
While Crooks made a name for herself nationally, she hopes it's her progressive agenda that attracts locals in Ohio. "I don't want to be perceived as this person who's running just to be anti-Trump," she said, "I really care about the people in my area, that's where I grew up, that's where my family lives, and I want everyone in our district to have the opportunity to thrive."
Crooks said ensuring better access to health care, and reforming the state's education system top her agenda.
She faces Republican incumbent State Representative Bill Reineke in November's election. We reached out to his campaign Thursday. We'll update this story to include his perspective if we hear back from him.