The Franklin County Democratic Party Executive Committee is meeting this Thursday evening to take a position on Issue 1.
Issue 1 is about the future of our city’s democracy, and the leadership of the local Democratic Party is planning to oppose the initiative.
Rather than tipping the scale, tell them to listen to the voters of Columbus.
Add your name below to our Open Letter to the Franklin County Democratic Party.
Dear Franklin County Democratic Party,
On August 2nd, we have an opportunity to transform City Hall so it can better work for (and with) all Columbus residents. We have an opportunity to change our political system to make sure our council members can strengthen their focus on families and neighborhoods rather than donors, lobbyists, and wealthy developers.
This initiative is consistent with our values as Democrats. It’s about more accountability, great public services, a strong voice for working people and communities, increased diversity, and increased political participation.
Real opportunity, real problems
Columbus is made up of dozens of diverse, amazing neighborhoods. Although each community has a unique set of strengths and challenges, we all have hopes for the future. We all want to feel safe, we all want to support ourselves and our families, and we all want to spend time with the people we love.
While some promote Columbus as the “opportunity city,” we know not everyone has the opportunity to live in a safe neighborhood. Columbus is a tale of two cities. While one Columbus thrives with access to good jobs and opportunities, the other Columbus has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country and 1 out of 5 children don’t have enough food to eat.
Columbus is the only city among the largest 25 without district representation on City Council. Each City Council member represents the entire city of Columbus, which has nearly 850,000 residents.
As a result, everyday people and communities don’t feel like they are being heard. City Hall is responsive to big donors and downtown developers, but residents and communities all across Columbus feel excluded.
Our city, our party, our values
As Democrats, we want a city that values the voices of all people. We want an inclusive political culture that welcomes leadership and participation from neighborhood leaders all across the city. This initiative moves us in that direction.
We are asking the Franklin County Democratic Party to exert a new kind of leadership. Instead of making an endorsement, let’s build a conversation.
We believe this is an opportunity to listen to voters about changes they’d like to see in their neighborhoods and in Columbus. This is an opportunity to have meaningful conversations with residents across the city. We could use the next month and a half to engage voters and organize town halls and discuss all sides of this issue.
This election is about the future of our city’s democracy. Rather than tipping the scale, let’s listen to the voters of Columbus.