Dr. Janet Everhard

Address: New Richmond, OH 45157

Occupation: Gynecologic physician and surgeon, retired. Veteran outreach coordinator, event planner, kayaking instructor, and photographer volunteer for Team River Runner, a veterans service organization dedicated to healing veterans with PTSD, chronic homelessness and substance abuse, and severe disability using kayaking as a recreational therapy.

Relevant experience:
Small business owner — I managed my own solo medical/surgical practice in Anderson Township since 1993. Advocacy — I advocated for my patients against the injustices of the insurance industry on a day-to-day basis. I've dedicated myself to the health of the people of the 2nd District since 1989.

Why are you running for this office?

Everhard: As a medical doctor, I’m alarmed when establishment Washington politicians slash our access to quality healthcare, ignore our public safety, and vote over and over to leave hardworking families behind. They’re supposed to represent We the People, yet we have no voice when our so-called representatives make billionaire donors their top priority.

What one quality do you think makes you the best candidate for this position? Why? 

Everhard: I can offer the skills and service of a physician. Physicians are experts at truly listening, empathizing with those of differing ideas, breaking complex problems down into workable solutions, and making smart decisions under stress.

What do you believe are the top 2 issues in your race and how will you address them, if elected?

Everhard:Over the past year-and-a-half I've travelled the eight counties of District 2 and listened to the concerns of the people. Healthcare insecurity and economic insecurity are the top two concerns whether a person lives in Ross or Adams County.

I will go to Washington to do what the lawyers have failed to do. This physician will work to ensure that every single one of us has access to quality health care that is affordable to us as patients and as taxpayers.

I'll vote to fund infrastructure repair, develop sustainable energy jobs, and ensure a living wage. I'll address common-sense gun safety, the opiate epidemic, and affordable lifelong education.

How you will work to make government more transparent and accessible to the people?

Everhard: Constituent relations is key. Each constituent needs to feel secure that any problem they have accessing government programs and benefits will be addressed smartly, honestly, and empathetically by a constituent relations staffer in their own community. The incumbent has not held a public Town Hall since 2013. I am planning Community Conversations throughout the eight counties of the district on a regular basis. Government is We the People, not a power structure in Washington. We deserve a real representative who shows up for us as a voice and a friend.




Everhard Accuses Wenstrup of Support for a Nuclear Dump

Piketon, Ohio
February 22, 2018

U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup and Sen. Rob Portman will hold a closed-door meeting Friday, February 23, 2018, which will exclude the people most directly affected by a nuclear waste dump at the former uranium processing plant in Piketon. Wenstrup and Portman are expected to promise consolidation of seven unlined, leaking radioactive landfills if construction of an on-site nuclear mound can continue, without providing an enforceable commitment in the record of decision. They will again state a baseless belief that jobs will be lost if construction of the dump does not continue.

No public forum has been provided to Pike County citizens by their so-called representatives, the Department of Energy, or the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Dr. Janet Everhard, Democratic candidate opposing Wenstrup for U.S. Representative in the 2nd Congressional District, has been conferring with Piketon Mayor Billy Spencer and Councilwoman Jennifer Chandler in a bipartisan effort to fully understand the history of apparent deception and broken promises Piketon residents have endured throughout the years.

“As a medical doctor,” Everhard said, “ I am alarmed when establishment Washington politicians ignore public health and safety and refuse to listen to their constituents. When billionaire donors and special interests are a priority, the needs of We the People are forgotten. It’s shocking that Wenstrup, a podiatrist, has such disregard for the health of the people of Piketon.”

The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant at Piketon produced enriched uranium for nuclear weapons during the Cold War, and later for commercial nuclear reactors. Radioactive waste remains at the site.

Community members have made it clear they oppose the dump and doubt the possibility of safe consolidation of the existing landfills. They note that despite past promises there has never been a firm commitment to funding and no feasibility studies have been done to show that landfills can be consolidated safely. Indeed, there appear to be no records documenting the contents of the landfills.

Piketon Councilwoman Jennifer Chandler commented, “Digging up the landfills does not make the location selected for the radioactive, hazardous, and toxic waste a suitable site. The waste will still be buried on top of fractured bedrock that DOE incorrectly represented to the public. It will still be buried only 1007 feet away from the nearest residence. It will still be buried in an area of 44 inches of rain per year and only 21 feet from the historic high water mark of the water table. A December 19, 2017, US EPA report confirms that the data in the DOE report is inconclusive and incomplete, and US EPA is unable to make a definitive conclusion that a hydraulic connection does not exist at the site.”

Those in opposition to the nuclear dump feel that Wenstrup and Portman are colluding in a closed-door meeting to later force the Piketon community to accept a nuclear dump it clearly does not want.

sunthumb.JPG The Clermont Sun; January 22, 2018

We the People for a Change

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 was universally palpable to me, a physician candidate for US Representative in OH-2.

I listened.

In the late winter, fueled by anger over an ill-conceived Muslim travel ban, Cincinnati Boomers and Gen X Moms with full plates pushed aside their family duties to vociferously protest social injustice. This resistance shines a light on the lack of accountability and constituent neglect by elected officials. No public Town Halls since 2013? Prioritizing wealthy donors over constituents? The conventional wisdom concluded it is time to hand a pink slip to our “un”representatives. (Read more...)



webpagetodaythumb.png  Med Page Today; December 22, 2017

Politics and Medicine: Women Physicians Target House Seats- Health care access a pivoting point for many

"Medicaid expansion is important in solving the opioid crisis," added Janet Everhard, MD, a Democratic candidate and gynecologic surgeon in Ohio. "Now that we're adding $1.5 trillion to the debt, we'll be hearing about spending cuts, including ones that could trickle down and limit our ability to fight addiction in our communities."

"Like many doctors, I feel compelled to act," Everhard remarked. "I started my practice in the days when patients couldn't get health insurance because of a preexisting condition. I don't want to go back to those days."

Verified Politics; December 4, 2017

These eight women doctors are making political history and no one is talking about it.

Dr. Janet Everhard – “Physicians are entering Congressional races because we see a political assault on our patients’ rights. Whether it’s attempting to remove twenty-four million Americans from adequate access to healthcare or de-fund Planned Parenthood, the current Administration is prioritizing the interests of the wealthy and well-connected over the health of working families. I am laser-focused on crafting legislation on universal access to affordable, quality healthcare with private delivery, that is a good taxpayer investment.  We need to negotiate with Healthcare deliverers to create a win-win solution. With a goal of Medicare for All, an incremental approach can be used to maintain health delivery market stabilization. The most important place at the table will belong to We the People.”

Dr. Janet Everhard – “I have served the women and veterans of my district since 1989 and 2011, respectively. I am a retired physician who managed my own Gynecology surgery practice and achieved a work-life balance for my employees and myself. I lost the use of my hands due to overuse injury and became a volunteer Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Event Planner, instructor, and photographer for the Tri-State chapter of a national veteran’s organization called Team River Runner. TRR uses kayaking as a recreational therapy tool for healing veterans with PTSD, chronic homelessness, substance abuse, and severe disability. I’m committed to Veteran’s health in Congress.”

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Janet Everhard’s Campaign For Congress (OH-02)

Yes this is another example of where we are highlighting multiple candidates In the same district. Site users can make up their mind who/if any that they want to support, but it cannot be said that we don’t provide options, and some pretty great ones like Janet Everhard.

sunthumb.JPG The Clermont Sun; April 13, 2017

Dr. Janet Everhard announces campaign kick-off for OH-2

Janet Everhard MD, retired gynecologic physician and surgeon, announces her candidacy for United States House of Representatives for Ohio’s Second Congressional District to unseat Tea Party Republican incumbent Brad Wenstrup. The campaign Kick-Off event takes place April 22 at 9:00 A.M. at Fountain Square with a breakfast “pot luck” Meet and Greet and a press conference at 9:45 A.M., preceding the March for Science. The public is invited.

Dr. Everhard, a passionate supporter of progressive causes and taxpayer value, has been caring for the health needs of the citizens of Southwestern Ohio since 1989. As a Democratic U.S. Representative, she wishes to listen to all citizens, regardless of political party, in order to represent the needs of “We the People.”

“My goal is to be an effective champion for all the people of the Second District so that together we can swing open the doors of opportunity for our health and wealth. To that end, my campaign accepts no corporate donations so that I have no obligation to return favors,” states Everhard.

Cornerstones of Dr. Everhard’s campaign are integrity and compassion as learned early in life: “We tell the truth. We respect and care for our neighbors at home and around the world. We walk our talk. We tread lightly on our Earth. We appreciate what our founding fathers originated and work together to create a more inclusive version. My slogan says, ‘We the People, For a Change,’” affirms Everhard.

As an activist and community volunteer/organizer, Dr. Everhard has “walked the talk.”

In 1989, she founded her Anderson Township medical practice prioritizing work-life balance for employees and adequate “listening time” for patients. She founded the USA Works Community to return the balance of power to the people; started Tri-State Kayakers (now over 2,500 members strong); was a team member of New Richmond Economic Development, developing “Walk New Richmond”; and authors the blog “The CURE for Adventure Deficit Disorder.” For the past six years, Dr. Everhard has been a volunteer Veteran Outreach Coordinator, event planner, ACA kayaking instructor, and photographer for Team River Runner (using paddle sports as recreational therapy for disabled, previously homeless, and PTSD-afflicted veterans).

Dr. Everhard’s long history of community involvement proves that she can create, care, and collaborate to address a myriad of issues impacting OH-2 citizens—issues such as economic and job development, access to affordable quality healthcare, infrastructure repair, environmental protection, and educational/retraining opportunity for all ages.

To join the campaign, to find Dr. Everhard’s views on specific topics, and to reserve a seat at the Washington table for the citizens of OH-2, readers are invited to visit

cincicomthumb.JPG; October 17, 2016

Primer: 2nd Congressional District 

Two doctors and a truck driver may sound like the beginning of an old bar joke, but it also serves to describe the race for Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District.

Though considered a safe Republican seat by national pundits, the race featuring incumbent Dr. Brad Wenstrup, R-Columbia-Tusculum, William “Butch” Smith, D-Waverly, and write-in candidate Dr. Janet Everhard, D-New Richmond, has garnered some national attention. Despite the fact that Smith won the March 15 Democratic primary, the party itself is not backing him. In fact, the Ohio Democratic Party and four county Democratic organizations have endorsed Everhard, not Smith.

The 2nd District, which includes more than 700,000 residents, stretches from the eastern suburbs of Cincinnati to Portsmouth.

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Ohio Democratic Party Backing Write-In Candidate In 2nd District Race

Update Sept. 2​6, 2016: The Ohio Democratic Party has taken the unusual step of endorsing a write-in candidate in the Second Congressional District race. 

Saturday, party leaders met in Columbus and gave their endorsement to Janet Everhard, a retired physician from New Richmond over the man who won the March Democratic primary, truck driver William R. Smith of Pike County.

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Some Dems back write-in

In an unusual move, the Democratic Party leadership in at least three counties in Ohio’s Second Congressional District, has chosen to endorse a write-in candidate over the Democratic primary winner. The committees in Hamilton, Clermont and Brown counties are charging that the nominee, William R. Smith (D), a truck driver from Waverly, has not campaigned for the seat currently held by Republican Brad Wenstrup.

Democratic officials have chosen to endorse Janet Everhard. Everhard is a resident of New Richmond. She is a retired medical doctor, physician and surgeon. Everhard is active in a number of progressive causes, including Veterans Outreach efforts, Tri-State Kayakers, an organization of more than 2,000 women kayakers which she helped to found, and USA Works Community. The party says she has supported efforts to increase economic development and employment opportunities in Southern Ohio’s Appalachian region.

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