The 2020 election season is in full swing, and here at FFL we’re excited to see that there has been a surge in Republican women running for public office. We love to celebrate conservative women in all capacities and give our readers a look at what they stand for. 

The filing date for the congressional and senate races for 2020 in Ohio recently passed. There are four Republican women running for the House of Representatives from the Buckeye state. Ohio will host Congressional primaries on Tuesday, March 17 and the general election on November 3, 2020. 

Here’s what you need to know about these four women.

Laverne Gore (OH-11) 

Laverne Gore received her Bachelors from Pitzer College in California, with a degree in Economics and European History. She later went on to receive a Masters of Education and a Masters of Public Health, both from Cleveland State University. She has served in a number of leadership positions and is currently the Senior Vice President of L.A. Gore & Associates, a consulting group she founded to focus on social marketing of health products. She’s a member of the United States Army, where she served as a national recruiter from 2003-2007. She also serves on the board of a considerable amount of organizations including S.T.O.P (Stop Targeting Our Poor), the Cleveland Police Foundation and the Cleveland League of Women Voters. According to her website, she is running for Congress because she believes District 11 has the “worst of everything” including weather, economy, crime, schools, housing, and the prices of fuel, food and medicine. She believes this combination has created a poverty issue in the Cleveland metro area. Learn more about Gore from her campaign website here

Shalira Taylor (OH-11)

Sharlira Taylor received a Dental Assistance degree from Cleveland Heights High School. She then attended Lakeland Community College, where she completed real estate classes and became a member of Phi Theta Kappa. From there, she transferred to Cleveland State, where she received a degree in Business Management and Marketing. She now owns her own marketing company, Diamond Management and Telepromotions. Taylor’s website says she’s running because District 11 often feels as if it’s a forgotten part of the state of Ohio. She believes that she can help create prosperity and safety in a district that she states struggles with drugs, poverty, house foreclosures and violent crime. Her website lists her platform, which includes a strong pro-life stance; better access to healthcare for veterans; more teamwork between the city, state, public schools and libraries to provide the best education for the district; redirecting funds to deal with infrastructure issues like lack of sidewalks and bikelanes, and repairing potholes; and solving the crisis of food deserts within the district by opening a community owned grocery store and pop-up farmers market. Learn more about Taylor from her campaign website here

Christina Hagan (OH-16)

Christina Hagan represented Ohio’s 50th district in the state legislature from 2011 to 2019. She is challenging Democrat Tim Ryan, who has been serving in the US House since 2003. During her first term in the state legislature, she served on seven diverse committees, including a committee on agriculture, economics, small business, public utilities and regulatory reform. As a congresswoman, she wants to promote the responsible use of taxpayer dollars and improve government accountability. Learn more about Taylor from her campaign website here

Kathi Flanders (OH-10)

Kathi worked in several retail, waitressing and bartending jobs after graduating from high school. At the age of 27, she decided to attend college at Sinclair Community College in Dayton. She graduated from there with an associate’s degree in nursing. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in nursing, which allowed her to obtain her National Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1998. Flanders believes in “reaching across the aisle” to engage in meaningful conversations. She believes this will lead to common ground that both parties, and all people, can benefit from. Learn more about Flanders from her campaign website here

Georgia G

Georgia Gallagher graduated from the University of Alabama in the summer of 2019 where she majored in Journalism and Political Science. She is currently working as a Cast Member at  Walt Disney World in Florida. In her free time she can be found advocating for pro-life policies and working with single or low-income mothers. She often says that her planner is second only to her Bible and she’s never caught without a cup of coffee in her hand.