Make Your Vote Matter

“Are you registered to vote?” I ask every passer-by at public gatherings as I offer a voter registration form. “Yes, indeed,” I often hear, “People died for my right to vote.” Yes, indeed. 2018 is another important election year and after early voting started Tuesday, April 10, we're again hearing “Your vote matters” and “Your vote is your voice.” But if that’s true, why do we not feel heard? Why do we feel, despite recent close elections, that our vote doesn't count? There's good reason that we feel powerless and unheard. We are powerless. If you are a Democrat or “people over party” voter in Ohio's 2nd Congressional District, you were disenfranchised in 2016. Gerrymandering (drawing Congressional district lines to favor the Republican Party) has been in force since 2011 and an “impostor” Democrat won the Democratic primary because his generic name has fooled voters for three elections. And we are not heard. In OH-2 (running from northern and eastern Hamilton County across eight counties to Portsmouth and Chillicothe), the establishment Washington representative is ignoring us. He prioritizes his wealthy and special interest donors over We the People. He specializes in remote-control governing using taxpayer-funded brochures regularly mailed to us and highly scripted tele-townhalls where our chance for raising controversial issues is nil. A large venue everyone-invited Town Hall? Not a chance since 2013. How can your vote count? How can you be heard? Although you have missed the chance to update your voter registration for the Ohio Primary, get ready for the November 6 General Election at http://www.turbovote.org. You can also receive election reminders by text or email and request a vote-by-mail application. Research your candidates, watching closely for long-term involvement in your community or your issues. Visit www.vote411.org to research and make your personalized ballot. Choose public servants who have a track record as private citizens. In the OH-2 race, notice that there is no citation for William R. Smith. A political faction in Pike County has been using his common name to dupe voters into giving the incumbent a phantom opponent and a free pass to re-election. Continue your research by visiting candidate websites or attending candidate forums. Please visit us at http://drjanetforcongress.com and https://youtu.be/1JsERAA5h8g Avoid pre-primary endorsement lists. You've done your research and made your own candidate list. Research Issue 1, the Fair Districts initiative. Your “yes” vote is key to curb gerrymandering for future fairness. Grab your personal voting list and head to your county Board of Elections during the early voting period, April 10-May 7. Check the hours carefully: They become longer and include the last weekend as the May 8 primary approaches. Consider a vote-by-mail ballot using www.turbovote.org. If Primary Day approaches and you haven't mailed it, just drop it in the dropbox at your county Board of Elections by May 8. Your last chance to vote in the May 8 Primary is at your polling location. Don't forget your ID and your personal voting list. Elections have consequences. By choosing candidates with a track record of listening and by voting for fair district boundaries, you will be heard. Dr. Janet Everhard, Democratic candidate for Ohio's 2nd Congressional District, has cared for the health of women in the district since 1989. She is a resident of the historic river village of New Richmond in Clermont County.DrJanetforCongress.com

Veterans Advise Us on Common-sense Gun Safety

The veteran in the kayak floating next to me is a font of wisdom. Each one I’ve encountered has thoroughly examined his or her role in protecting our country and is dealing with the deaths or injury of friends. Throughout my seven years volunteering for Team River Runner, a national organization that uses kayaking as recreational therapy for veterans with PTSD, chronic homelessness, substance abuse, and severe disability, I have benefited from the friendship and advice of veterans. Now that I am a candidate for U.S. representative in Ohio's 2nd Congressional District, I use the wisdom of We the People to help form my voice. So I asked my veteran friends to help me understand common sense gun safety and the use of assault weapons from the view of firearms professionals. Continue reading

26,759 Miles in OH-2

Throughout 2017 my ancient Ford gobbled up 26,759 miles across eight counties in southwestern Ohio as I took the pulse of We the People. From Cincinnati to Portsmouth and Chillicothe to Mt. Healthy, citizens' fear, anger, and puzzlement were universally palpable to me, a physician candidate for U.S. Representative in Ohio's 2nd District. I listened. Continue reading

I will fight for you!

I am Dr. Janet Everhard, running for U.S. Representative in Ohio's Second-to-None Congressional District. I'm your neighbor from New Richmond, Clermont County, although the district runs eight counties along the shores of freedom from Cincinnati to Portsmouth.  With a long track record of serving the district as a physician and volunteer to veterans, I want to fight for you in Washington! The incumbent votes over and over to leave hard-working families behind. I will fight for quality healthcare that we can all afford as patients and as taxpayers. He voted healthcare access down the drain. I will fund infrastructure projects, promote sustainable energy jobs, and ensure a living wage. He cut taxes for his billionaire donors. I will address the opiate epidemic and lifelong education affordability. He is playing politics with women’s health and gutting environmental protections. Currently the rich get richer and the national debt balloons as opportunity dims for our family's health, wealth, safety, and education. I say, We the People, for a Change!  

That Day

This is a pivotal time for our country, where in one day everything can change. Perhaps, as an individual, you've had "that day", after which nothing was the same again. Continue reading

We the People, for a Change

Tears welled up in my eyes as I pleaded with the voice mailbox at Senator Rob Portman's Washington D.C. office. With no town halls to express my views and full mailboxes at his Ohio offices, I'd finally connected. I poured out my soul, “Please don't take away the healthcare of We the People of Ohio. Every single one of us deserves access to affordable, quality healthcare. Every. Single. One."     Continue reading

The History of My Write-In Campaign in 2016

My 2016 Write-In Campaign: After the results of the 2016 primary election were published, progressives and moderates of Ohio Congressional District 2 were enraged! Once again, the obstructionist Tea Party incumbent Brad Wenstrup faced the "impostor Democrat" Pike County truck driver William R. Smith in the November 2016 General Election. Once again, the citizens of southern Ohio had no voice in Washington to address their urgent needs, and no chance to change that situation with their votes. As a passionate supporter of progressive causes and taxpayer value and a long-time caregiver in the region, I voiced my concern. I waited for someone to step up to rectify the disenfranchisement. But no one did.   Continue reading

What Do You Want From Your Representative?

What Do You Want from Your Representative? As I listen to citizens throughout the eight counties of the Second Congressional District, I've been trying to discern what traits, talents, or track record each person values in their elected officials. What do they want and do I have what it takes to truly earn their confidence? At a Labor Day picnic at Coney Island, a plaster and cement worker union member declared, “I want someone who worked with their hands.” Realizing he meant that the best representative for workers who sweat, toil, and wear out their bodies is another worker, I looked down at my ruined hands and replied, “Yes, as a surgeon I may have worked on peoples' insides instead of a plaster restoration. But I can relate.” Continue reading

Working Together to Make America Healthy Again

The citizens of the USA deserve life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and access to affordable quality healthcare.  But in an era of elected officials turning their backs on the healthcare needs of their constituents, your congressmen have devised a tax cut for the 1% of the 1% by trading-in the health of We the People. Under the Senate plan (made in secret by a committee of men who did not listen to citizen testimony, entertain debate, or consider alternatives) 22 million Americans will lose their health insurance and 50-64 year-olds will pay astronomical health care insurance premiums. As fairness, decency, empathy, and compassion have died, those with pre-existing conditions may too.    Continue reading

Evolution and Rebellion

Experts say that our worldview is shaped by our youthful experiences. As a child of the 60's this empathetic, eager-to please, hard-working daughter of a teacher and a salesman, hit the “born in the right place and time” lottery. A free-range Kansas kid, I explored my world with a shiny blue bike I'd purchased for $62 (many years of carefully saved Christmas and birthday checks) and with a reading perch up in the pine tree, devouring my library books. When I came down to earth, I viewed real life drama through my black and white TV. It showed me a world of racial injustice, war, assassinations of beloved leaders, and, eventually, a moon landing.   Continue reading