Cincinnati Needs Elected Officials Who Are Willing to Learn

You know the problem with most contemporary politicians? They like to grandstand without putting forward the effort to learn the science and details behind what they say they’re trying to fix. As we’ve seen time and time again, this leads to failed policies that generally tend to make the problem even worse. In truth, if our elected officials took the time to formulate strategies with people who have spent their entire careers researching subjects such as transportation, public health, and crime prevention, we’d all be much better off.

We have to remember this when we go to the polls on election day. 

We need elected officials who will work to bridge the gap between the political world and academia; the exact place where research is happening that will better our city. Politicians who turn their backs on science and studies that have proven conclusive care not for the well-being of others. In the past politicians have favored big business, such as the tobacco industry, while denying the truth behind the science. The same thing is happening today with climate change. We must not allow people whom chose to remain ignorant to the subjects that are the most imperative to our city to represent us.

There will be no change to the heroin issue if we don’t understand the science behind it. There will be no change to our childhood poverty rate without understanding the data behind it. These issues directly impact life and death for some in our city, and we cannot risk having politicians in office not willing to learn more. I’ve already taken on the task of speaking with so many professionals from different fields so that I may better understand. I hope other candidates will break the status quo and do the same. Otherwise, we’ll never be able to solve these problems.

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