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John Rush Brings Lessons from Social Enterprises to City Council Campaign

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea John Rush Brings Lessons from Social Enterprises to City Council Campaign

John Rush always knew that at some point in his life, he wanted to occupy elected office in some capacity. But his plan had always been to run when the youngest of his eight children had left the home – a moment which is still a decade away. In the meantime, he expected to continue […]

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Besa Sharrah Campaigns for City Council With a ‘Triangle’ of Issues

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Besa Sharrah Campaigns for City Council With a ‘Triangle’ of Issues

Besa Sharrah is one of four endorsed Republicans in this year’s City Council campaign, and one of three women who will appear on the Council ballot on the May 5 primary election. Sharrah’s interest in politics is not new – she and her husband Robert, a candidate for the Columbus Board of Education, have been […]

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Kiwan Lawson Pushes Accountability in City Council Campaign

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Kiwan Lawson Pushes Accountability in City Council Campaign

It was while Columbus native Kiwan Lawson was attending Marion-Franklin High School that he started to notice things that would push him toward the study of social justice and economic inequality. Lawson said after coming from Glendening Elementary School in the Groveport-Madison school district, with its superior computers, teachers and lunches, Lawson could notice things […]

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City Council Candidate Will Petrik Asks ‘What’s Possible?’

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea City Council Candidate Will Petrik Asks ‘What’s Possible?’

Right around the time when a community organizer from Chicago’s South Side was elected president, Will Petrik decided that he too wanted to become a community organizer. He worked in Chicago with a national student campaign against homelessness and hunger, as well as organizing students on the campus of Evergreen State College in Washington. After […]

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Rep. Stinziano Talks Homelessness, Transportation and Transformation in Campaign for City Council

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Rep. Stinziano Talks Homelessness, Transportation and Transformation in Campaign for City Council

Since 2011, Michael Stinziano has served the 18th District in the Ohio House of Representatives. Now he is running for Columbus City Council, hoping to replace Council President Andrew Ginther, who will vacate his seat as he campaigns for mayor. In an interview with Columbus Underground, Stinziano said one reason he wants to transition from state to […]

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New Councilmember Jaiza Page Wants to Impact Columbus Neighborhoods

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea New Councilmember Jaiza Page Wants to Impact Columbus Neighborhoods

On January 20, Jaiza Page was sworn in as the newest Columbus City Councilmember, replacing Hearcel Craig, who was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in November. “It’s been an absolutely exciting experience, just learning all that I can. I am thrilled and just ready to go,” said Page shortly after her swearing-in ceremony. […]

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Council President Ginther Enters the Race for Columbus Mayor

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Council President Ginther Enters the Race for Columbus Mayor

Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther announced today that he is running to succeed Mayor Michael Coleman as Coleman completes his time in office. It’s long been expected that the 39-year-old Democrat intended to follow Coleman in office and Ginther’s opportunity to do so came when Coleman announced last month that he would not seek […]

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