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Employment attorney Betsy Rader has announced her bid for Congress for Ohio's 14th District, currently held by incumbent Rep. David Joyce (R, Russell Township).
Rader, of Russell Township, brings 30 years of legal experience to the table, including advocacy for workers' and children's rights, according to a press release on her candidacy.
Before launching her own business, Rader fought for causes big and small throughout Northeast Ohio. She previously served as senior counsel at the Cleveland Clinic, the state's largest private employer, and as director of CASA for KIDS of Geauga County, where she represented abused and neglected children in court.
"Like so many Americans, I'm frustrated by the political gamesmanship in Washington and I can't sit on the sidelines any longer," said Rader. "I grew up poor and was raised by a single divorced mom who struggled to make ends meet. I know firsthand the challenges too many Ohioans face. I went to law school to empower those without a voice, and that's why I advocate for employees' rights at my law firm."
"We need a Congress that can work together to focus on what really matters -- good-paying jobs, affordable healthcare and quality educational opportunities," Rader said. "Now is the time to put our country back on track and start getting things done. I'm ready to be a strong voice for Northeast Ohio families."
According to the release, Rader's experience as an attorney spans three decades and includes working with businesses to help grow and create jobs.
In addition to her time at the Cleveland Clinic, Rader worked for Medicare and Medicaid Services helping to design cost-effective, high quality care for patients.
Rader has served as a vice president of Cleveland Legal Aid and previously served on the Board of Geauga County United Way. She founded a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to help at-risk children, now called HOPE for KIDS Geauga.
A lifelong Ohioan, Rader was born in Coshocton and attended The Ohio State University, where she graduated at the top of her class. With the help of scholarships, she worked nights and weekends to put herself through college and attend Yale Law School.
Rader has been married for 31 years to her husband, Dave. They live in an 1847 farmhouse in Russell Township, where they raised their three children.
The 14th Congressional District includes Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, as well as portions of Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage and Trumbull counties.
Visit www.betsyraderforcongress.com for a biography and more information.