A 35-year-old woman who accused President Trump of sexual misconduct is running for the Ohio state legislature, Cosmopolitan Magazine reported Monday.
Rachel Crooks, a Democrat, came forward with her accusation against Trump just before the 2016 presidential election. She accused the president of forcibly kissing her when she worked as a receptionist in Trump Tower in 2005.
Crooks has repeatedly called for Trump to be investigated over the numerous sexual misconduct claims against him. During the election, more than a dozen women came forward to accuse the then-candidate of sexual harassment or assault.
The announcement of her candidacy comes on the heels of a wave of women running for office. EMILY’s List, a group dedicated to electing Democratic women, said in December that more than 25,000 women had expressed interest in running for office.
“I think my voice should have been heard then, and I’ll still fight for it to be heard now,” Crooks told Cosmopolitan, who first reported on her run for office. “Americans are really upset with politics as usual, and I want to be a voice for them.”
Crooks, the director of international student recruitment at Heidelberg University in Ohio, is running to represent the state’s 88th district and would have to unseat two-term GOP incumbent Bill Reineke. She has the support of the state’s Democratic Party, according to Cosmopolitan.
She told the magazine that she was inspired to run by the “momentum” of Democratic activism in response to Trump’s election, and by the #MeToo movement, which has not had the same effect on Trump as it has on other powerful men who have been accused of sexual misconduct.
She said that several women in her liberal resistance group encouraged her to run.
“I think like a lot of women, because we’ve been historically underrepresented in politics, I didn’t necessarily see myself in this role,” she said. “But multiple people encouraged and said, ‘I think you would be great’ … Once I sat down and mulled it over, I felt like it really was a duty that I had, that I should take on this responsibility firsthand and try to make a difference for other people.”