Transportation workers endorse Rachel Crooks

The Executive Committee of the Ohio State Legislative Board, Sheet Metal Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers – Transportation Division has announced its endorsement of Rachel Crooks, the Democratic candidate for the District 88 seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. Crooks is running against Bill Reineke , R-Tiffin, in the Nov. 6 general election. District 88 includes all of Sandusky County and a majority of Seneca County.

According to Stuart Gardner, chairman and state legislative director of SMART-TD, “Ms. Crooks has demonstrated her concern for the safety and well-being of our rail workers, and it is our belief that she will be an advocate for rail workers at the Ohio statehouse.”

SMART-TD is the largest railroad operating union in North America, representing about 125,000 active and retired railroad, bus and mass transit workers in the United States.

“I am honored to receive the SMART-TD endorsement and look forward to advocating for the hard-working employees who play such an important role in transportation and commerce in a variety of industries,” Crooks stated. “I have heard from many voters, especially in Fostoria and Bellevue, about the increasing issues being caused in our communities by poor rail policies.”

Crooks cites as examples the trains blocking roads for hours, and the fact the fines in place for this are not cost-prohibitive to rail companies.

“This is a huge safety issue, and rail executives are making decisions to be more ‘efficient’ at the expense of our citizens,” she stated.