Peggy Cordray stopped in Valley City to speak to Medina County residents for her “Our Voices” tour that she’s been hosting to help find out about voter concerns and to talk about her husband’s goals.
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LIVERPOOL TWP. — In the lead-up to the Nov. 6 general election, Peggy Cordray and Frances Strickland brought their “Our Voices” tour to Medina County on Tuesday at an event where the pair stumped for the Democratic gubernatorial ticket.
Peggy Cordray, wife of Richard Cordray, and Strickland, wife for former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, spoke to a crowd of woman at the Jilbert Winery in Valley City, bringing a message of gender equality that resonates in this era punctuated by the #MeToo movement and heated debates about women’s rights.
Cordray, who is a law professor at Capital University Law School in Columbus, said she has been helping her husband’s campaign because she wants to use her voice and insight to raise awareness around key issues.
“Our goal here is to lift up the voices of women and to talk about some of the issues that women face within the workplace and in the doctors office and to talk about Rich and Betty’s strong support for women and their eagerness to help move the state forward on women’s issues, creating more fairness and equality for women,” Cordray said after her presentation.
Former state Rep. Betty Sutton is running for lieutenant governor alongside Cordray.
Wives stumping on the campaign trail have been very common this election cycle.
On Monday, Secretary of State Jon Husted, the Republican running for lieutenant governor, made a number of stops including a visit to The Medina Gazette for an interview. His wife, Tina, joined him.
Husted is running with Mike DeWine, the Republican gubernatorial candidate. DeWine’s wife, Fran, according to media reports has made a point of planning visits to all of Ohio’s 88 counties since early voting started Oct. 10.
Fran DeWine recently said she wants to spread her husband’s message of job creation.
Cordray said women’s issues are important to this election because a lot more distance has to be traveled in terms of work place policies and policies that affect women.
“In Ohio, 48 percent of our workforce is women and, of those women, two-thirds are the breadwinners in their families,” she said. “Yet, our policies are still rooted in a different era, which is holding women back from advancing in their careers and being able to provide the kind of life they want for their families.”
Cordray said she has met women who are working two and three jobs in order to keep their families together financially.
“I have a particular interest in this because I’ve held what I think of as two full-time jobs for 20 years now,” she said. “My job at the office, and my job at home, and that’s true for all parents that are trying to raise their families well.”
Concerns about health care, women’s role in the workplace and spreading economic opportunities throughout the state are some topics that Cordray and Strickland are focusing on during this tour.
“I personally have begun to think that in order to bring Ohio into the kind of state that cares about its children and its families as it needs to, we need to raise the women’s voices,” Strickland said.