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Woman who accused Trump of sexual misconduct is running for office in Ohio

Rachel Crooks speaks during the press conference held by women accusing Trump of sexual harassment in NYC on December 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

One of the many women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct announced that she is running for a seat in the Ohio state legislator, Cosmopolitan reported on Monday. Rachel Crooks is the latest entrant in what has emerged as a record number of women running for political office in the 2018 midterm elections. Crooks, 35, has accused Trump of kissing her without consent during a 2006 encounter in Trump Tower, where she worked as a receptionist for a company that had its offices in the building. Crooks said the incident took place near the elevator in Trump Tower. She was 22 at the time. “I was devastated. It happened so fast,” she said in a TV appearance in December. Crooks first made her accusation during the 2016 campaign.

Now she’s running as a Democrat to represent Ohio’s House District 88, a rural district outside Toledo that voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and Trump in 2016, according to Politico. If Crooks wins the primary in May, she’ll go up against incumbent Bill Reineke, a Republican who has served two terms in office.

“I think my voice should have been heard then, and I’ll still fight for it to be heard now,” Crooks, who now works as the director for international student recruitment at Heidelberg University, told Cosmo. “Americans are really upset with politics as usual, and I want to be a voice for them.”

Below, watch Megyn Kelly discuss Crooks’ experience with Trump during a December interview.

Read the full story at Cosmopolitan.


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