Get to Know Emily Hagan


Get to Know 2016 YD Candidate … Emily Hagan

Name: Emily Hagan Hagan

Office you’re seeking: State Senate 24th District

Age: 38

Twitter handle: @EmilyHagan2016

Why are you running? I’m running for the Ohio State Senate because I’m concerned with the direction Ohio is headed. We’ve got to get our local governments more help: 70% of the Cuyahoga County school districts seeking levies are in SD 24, and two-thirds of the communities with levies or tax increases on the ballot are in SD 24. I also want our legislature to have balance in the voices it hears, especially when it comes to issues that are neglected or under fire but right now both the Senate and the House have supermajorities of Republicans. Finally, public service and being a voice for those without representation are cornerstones of the work I’ve pursued. I look forward to stepping up and working with any and all honest brokers in the State Senate and the General Assembly, regardless of where they may fall on any ideological spectrum. I believe my experience, knowledge and passion make me the best candidate to work and succeed in the 2017 State Senate.

What are the most important issues on your campaign? There are too many! But the ones that are on my radar: Education from pre-k through higher ed - including improving the employment scene and the high cost of higher education and student debt; energy and the environment;, social justice, public safety and voting rights; the needs of local government; women’s healthcare and the expansion of Medicaid; workers rights including paid sick leave, paid family leave and pay equity; seniors services; housing discrimination; congressional redistricting; public transit; and government transparency.

Give us a fun fact about yourself. I play the drums--not well--but I play them.

Who is your favorite president? Why? Hillary Clinton! No explanation needed.

What’s your favorite food on the campaign trail? Chipotle!

If you could be a superhero, who would you be? Why? I would like to have Lady Redundant Woman's power from WordGirl. She can copy herself and can be two places at once. That would be invaluable on the campaign trail.

If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song? “Regulators” by Warren G.

What was your first paid job? I worked at the Ohio State Fair selling frozen drinks. The owner would drive a golf cart around and make you buy him a coffee anytime he caught you sitting down. I bought a lot of coffee that summer.

How can young dems help in your race? We hope young Dems will let their peers know that who we put in the statehouse is as critical as who we put in the White House. At 38 years old, I would be one of the very youngest state senators and we need our younger generations to be represented. A presidential year is always exciting, but what affects us on a day to day basis often comes out of Columbus. Since the Ohio statehouse is so out of balance - with both chambers having a supermajority of Republicans - they can and they do literally ignore those electeds and therefore the millions of Ohioans represented by those electeds. We would love young Dems to introduce their friends and family to the world of being engaged! Going door to door or talking on the phone with voters of any type makes you feel so connected.

Come canvass with OYD in support of Emily's campaign on Saturday, October 15th.  RSVP and get the details HERE.