Get to Know Casey Weinstein
Name: Casey Weinstein
Office you’re seeking: State Representative
Are you an incumbent? No
If no, do you currently hold an elected office? Hudson City Councilman, Ward 2
Tell us a little bit about yourself (i.e. where are you from, where’d you go to school, what you do for a living, etc.)
As a military brat, I grew up all over the country before my family settled down in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I left New Mexico to attend The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado and made my way to Ohio after my wife, Amanda—who I met at the Academy—was stationed at Wright-Patterson in Dayton and the military kept us together. I went on to get an MBA from The Ohio State University while Amanda pursued a PhD in economics. We moved to Hudson when Amanda was offered a teaching position at the University of Akron and I now work from home as a Managing Client Director for an IT company.
Why are you running for this office?
I am running for my daughter, Nora, and all the other Ohioans whose health has been negatively impacted by Ohio’s poor environment. The Cleveland-Akron area has the 10th worst air quality of any metro area in the United States, and it’s making people sick. A disproportionately high number of children in our region are being both with severe asthma, which not only affects our quality of life in Northeast Ohio, but is a pre-existing condition that Republicans could use to deny people healthcare coverage should they get their way. We cannot let that happen.
What are the most important issues on your campaign?
1: Investing in local communities. As a city councilman, I’ve seen how cuts to the Local Government Fund have handicapped our communities who have become reliant on levies citizens no longer feel comfortable passing. Local leaders know what their communities need better than politicians in Columbus, and we should empower local leaders to do what is best.
2: Fighting for exceptional public education. ECOT and for-profit charter schools are a mess that is costing us dearly. We need to reclaim the funds they stole from us as taxpayers and use it to work on developing universal pre-k. Dayton and other localities have already implemented UPK, as has the state of Tennessee, so I know we can do it even in a divided state house.
3: Delivering 21st century job opportunities. We are missing out on jobs in technology and green energy. Our restrictive wind setbacks have cost us over $2 billion in investment which is going to states like Michigan instead. We need to strengthen our Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards to not only bring new jobs to Ohio, but to also clean up our environment.
Give us a fun fact about yourself.
Because I was still 17 when I joined the Air Force Academy, I needed a permission slip from my parents to go.
What’s your favorite thing about Ohio?
I love the natural beauty of Ohio and out
Which team is your favorite sports team? If there’s a fun reason why, tell us!
My favorite teams are The Falcons and The Buckeyes.
If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song?
“My Shot” from Hamilton
What TV show have you binge watched entirely too fast?
“Game of Thrones”
If you were an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in?
200 meter freestyle. I’ve always loved to swim.
Most importantly, how can young Dems help in your campaign?
Our district is one that is nearly 50-50 down the middle, so we need volunteers to knock doors, make calls, and share our message on social media. Fill out the form at https://www.caseyforohio.com/joinus to get involved!