About Amy Cox
Amy Cox is running for State Representative to help create an Ohio that works for all of us, not just the wealthy and the good ol boys network.
AAmy Cox is a Preble County native who grew up west of Camden, Ohio. She is the mother of 2 sons, the wife of a Union Iron Worker Local 290, and has been a union public school teacher since 2004. As young lady, Amy attended the local public school, Preble Shawnee where she was active in FFA, 4-H, student government, band and various sports teams.
Amy attended Miami University directly out of high school where she lived and worked as a mailroom and office supply clerk at the Oxford campus. She transferred to Wright State University her sophomore year to study Biology. While at WSU Amy lived and worked in the Dayton areas of Fairborn, Kettering and Centerville. As a WSU student, she earned her NAUI Advanced Diving Certification through WSU’s SCUBA program. That outstanding program was taught and facilitated by Dayton area police and firefighters who are Certified NAUI Search and Rescue Divers for the Dayton area and beyond.
WSU also gave Amy an opportunity to get involved in government funded research. Amy worked in the lab of Dr. Dan Krane, where she prepped the lab for graduate assistants who were isolating and sequencing DNA. Dr. Krane was one of the first researching DNA in the late 1990’s and currently owns and runs a DNA testing company. She also worked the the lab of Dr. Wayne Carmichael, one of the world’s experts on toxic algae at the time. Amy’s work of isolating and mass culturing toxic blue-green algae from the Salton Sea of Southern California eventually contributed to published studies by Dr. Carmichael, who currently lives and works in Oregon.
Amy earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Wright State University in 2001, and a Masters Degree in education from Indiana University East in 2011. As a teacher she has served as a union representative, club sponsor, and received several teacher awards.
Amy brings to the table a fiery mix of manners, wit, seriousness, small town charm, wisdom, respect and humor that works well when trying to get people to work together for a common good. Her voice cannot be ignored. Her passion for injustices should be bottled up and sold, no marketing needed. Her best quality as her students and administrators will tell you, is her complete awareness of what other people are feeling. Her rapport with her students and colleagues is genuine, positive, and rare.
Amy also brings to the table her knowledge of science and education and an ability to ask good questions on complicated subjects, like where did all the $$$ go that used to belong to the middle class? Why are the working-middle class paying for health insurance for everyone while health insurance companies have enjoyed record profits for decades? Why do our school districts have to pass levies just for basic operating funds, while other districts can afford to pay their teachers $80,000 a year and enjoy extras like busing, and therapists? She understands that we didn’t just give it away willingly. There has been a concerted effort since the 1970’s to filch the programs and laws that kept the middle class strong and thriving. Family time has turned into mandatory overtime, just to survive. Amy not only wants answers to these questions, but she’s ready to tell the filchers to find a new hustle.
Amy understands that a politician who doesn’t ask good, hard questions that people want answers to, has to go! She understands that a politician should do their research, demand answers, clarification, and always consider how their decisions will effect the lives of their constituents.
Amy also understands that too many people in politics want the connections, the $$$, and to get themselves re-elected. She knows that working class people are under represented in government, because running for office and knocking on doors is a full time job that doesn’t include a paycheck or health insurance. This fact alone is why we get what we get in politics today.
Amy will firmly defend the working class because she IS the working class! Amy has been a victim of garbage Right to Work legislation that is nothing more than organized wage suppression on the working class. In 2016 she fiercely went to bat for her colleagues over unfair labor practices, by speaking out at a board meeting and submitting an Op-Ed to the local newspaper, shaming the practices for what they were…a form of wage suppression. As a result, Amy received letters of support from current and former school faculty and administration and the employees received their owed wages within 48 hours.
Amy is mad, Amy is fed up, and Amy is coming to Columbus to give them an education!
Vote for Amy Cox in 2020 if you want to see the fed-up teacher deliver a lesson to our law makers on behalf of you, the voters!