Tag: Election 2023

Columbus’ Youngest Elected Official, Brandon Simmons

Big cities have big city problems. Columbus’s newest school board member argues that the inequity of our schools shows that we certainly are a big city. Brandon Simmons, also the youngest school board member ever elected, is on a mission to face the challenges of the district head-on. In an interview two days after his first board meeting, we discuss the challenges that the district faces, the power and importance of public education, and how he navigated the city’s political landscape to get into office.

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Candidate Andrew Ginther

Mayor Andrew Ginther is ready for round three. After serving the city of Columbus from the top political position for the past eight years, he’s ready for four more. In today’s interview, Ginther talks more about police reform, housing development, zoning updates, and economic development.

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Candidate Joe Motil

Joe Motil wants your support to become the 54th mayor of the 14th largest city in America. And he’s going door-to-door and person-to-person in a grassroots effort to ask for that support. In today’s interview, Motil talks about his history in Central Ohio politics and his campaign platform.

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Candidate Lourdes Barroso de Padilla

When Lourdes Barroso de Padilla first won her seat on Columbus City Council in 2021, she was the first Latina to serve in the role — a role that she plans to continue as she runs unopposed for reelection to Council District 8 this November. In today’s interview, she talks about her background and goes a lot deeper into the conversations around growth, transportation and opportunity.

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Candidate Shayla Favor

Under the new City Council district system, District Seven encompasses Downtown, The Short North, German Village, Olde Towne East, Franklinton, Fifth by Northwest, and everything in between. Incumbent City Council member Shayla Favor is running for re-election within this district, unopposed. In today’s interview, Favor talks about equity, housing policy, and how her background applies to council policy work.

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Candidate Melissa Green

Despite the challenges that the city faces, Melissa Green, council candidate for District Six, remains optimistic about the future of Columbus. In today’s interview, Green talks about her background in social work, program ideas, and the importance of neighborhood communication.communication.

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Candidate Farxaan Jeyte

Today, Farxaan Jeyte, candidate for Columbus City Council District Five, discusses his background, how he believes council can help better the city’s distressed neighborhoods, and the value of having a representative in each district.

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Candidate Emmanuel Remy

Today, Emmanuel Remy, incumbent and candidate for Columbus City Council District Four, discusses his work as a neighborhood advocate, the importance of a diverse council, and the appointment process that has defined council for so long.

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Candidate Luis Gil

Luis Gil, candidate for District Two, is the only candidate running this November for a seat on Columbus City Council that identifies as a Republican. And while the race is nonpartisan, that connection to the conservative party has become increasingly rare in races for local public offices over the past decade.

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