Albert Griggs Jr. â€” candidate for the Ohio Senate â€” will meet with Democrats this evening, March 9, at the beautiful new Kettering Library at the corner of Wilmington and Stroop Rd. There will light refreshments from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM and then Griggs will make a short presentation starting at 6:45 PM. All Democrats and all interested voters are welcome to attend.
The topic of Griggsâ€™ presentation is, â€œThe Campaign To Build A 21st Century Democracy.â€
Griggs is seeking the Democratic Partyâ€™s nomination for Senate District Six. The Democratic Primary is Tuesday, March 17. Senate District Six has elected a Republican to the Ohio Senate for the last 35 years â€” reliably contributing to the big Republican 24-9 super majority. It is a huge geographic area consisting of about two-thirds of Montgomery County.
Griggs says that the dysfunction of our democracy is our biggest issue, and that Democrats can gain public support by structuring a grassroots â€œfor-democracyâ€ movement that builds unity.Â He believes that this is the issue that will inspire non-voters and unaffiliated voters to support his campaign. His plan calls for empowering citizens with opportunities to fully participate in an â€œE-Democracyâ€ â€” a on-line participatory democracy â€” he is initiating.
Albert points out that because we fail to elect a government of the people Ohioâ€™s tax system is opposite of what most citizens think is fair. He feels that that Republicans must be held accountable for cutting expected state payments to cities and schools in order to cut state income taxes for the very wealthy. He points out that in this latest tax cut, the one percent of Ohio income earners â€” average income over $1 million each year â€” will receive 20% of the tax cut. Meanwhile these tax cuts for the wealthy have forced an increase in property tax, sales tax, and other local taxes for everyone else.
Griggs pointed out that now low income earners are now paying twice as much of their income in state taxes than high income earners.
Albert Griggs says:
â€œOur tax system is very unfair. It is a tax system that a government of the people would never have implemented.
â€œThe central issue of our time is the brokenness of our system of representative democracy. The suppression of the vote has been very deliberate. The lack of transparency and accountability of the Ohio Assembly has been very deliberate. The central battle of our time is between those of us who welcome democracy and those who resist it at every turn.
â€œI like Martin Lutherâ€™s words, â€˜Here I stand I can do no other.â€™ In this 2020 election, our opportunity is to challenge voters to take a stand â€” a â€œfor-democracyâ€ stand. This is the issue that can bring citizens together in unity. I believe the more that Democrats show an answer to the degradation of our democracy, the more we will gain the support that will flip this Republican district. The public is hungry for something real.â€
â€œI have a plan and structure for building unity, a plan for empowering citizens and giving them a voice. I have a plan for how as senator I will be accountable.
I appreciate Albertâ€™s life story and his determination. Albert was born in Mississippi in a share-cropper family. He remembers not having adequate food or clothing. He grew up in Gary Indiana, in the same general neighborhood as the Jackson family and worked for eight years in the steel mills there. He served two years in the navy. He later served as a police officer in Los Angeles. Through a lot of determination he earned two graduate degrees and started on the ground floor as a civilian in the Air Force rising to the GS-15 rank. He oversaw billion dollar projects. He served one year as an Air Force Fellow working with our Democratic congressman, Tony Hall.
I am glad to endorse Albert. He is sincerely motivated to serve and to use his life experiences to provide the leadership that will make a difference.
I am looking forward to meeting with fellow Democrats at a get-together this evening at the new Kettering Library at Wilmington and Stroop Rd. I hope there is a good turn-out. All interested voters are welcome to attend.