October is a Month for Action

Here are some suggestions for how to make October a month for action!

Local races and statewide issues

Candidates running for office in Upper Arlington are:

UA School Board Candidates (2 seats): Carol Mohr and Scott McKenzie.

UA City Council Candidates (4 seats): Michaela Burriss, Brian Close, Robert (Bob) Foulk, Omar Ganoom, Francis (Kip) Greenhill, Michele Hoyle, James (Jim) Lynch, and Lowell Toms.

Here are a few opportunities for you to meet local Upper Arlington candidates:

  1. Meet Upper Arlington City Council candidates the next three Tuesdays (Oct 3, 10, 17) from 2-4 in the Senior Center 1945 Ridgeview Road, Bldg. 1, Room 104.
  2. Leadership UA Candidates & Issues night will be held on October 19 at the Municipal Services Center on 3600 Tremont Rd. A “meet and greet” begins at 6, followed by moderated Q&A from 7-9pm. Let’s consider this as our October “field trip” meeting! Submit questions for the candidates by emailing info@leadershipua.org or submit questions using this link by 5 pm on October 18th.

For those of you in Upper Arlington, there is also a combined levy-bond issue on the ballot. Franklin County voters will also vote on the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities levy.

The League of Women Voters has links to voter forums for other surrounding cities.

Other ways to get involved in local elections: take a yard sign, consider volunteering for a local candidate or the school levy campaign. Volunteer to hand out sample ballots! Speaking of sample ballots, make sure you vote for all of the judicial candidates, too!

Statewide Issues 1 & 2

You can learn more about Issues 1 (Marsy’s Law) and 2 (Drug Price Relief Act) at the Advocacy in Action: Voters Forum on Thursday, October 12 from 530-7pm at the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio at 2323 W. Fifth Ave, #230, in Columbus.  RSVP here.

The League of Women Voters is partnering with NBC4 to present a forum on Issue 2 on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Fawcett Center. The forum will be broadcast through NBC affiliates.

Redistricting Reform:

Upper Arlington volunteers have collected over 5000 signatures! We have a lot to be proud of. Let’s keep going! Check out the Fair Districts blog for some ideas about how to reenergize your signature gathering for fall.

We are almost halfway to the overall signature goal, with 12 counties exceeding their 5% minimum. Some nearby counties that are getting close include Knox, Union, Champaign, Clark, Muskingum, Fairfield, and Wyandot.

In addition to continuing to collect signatures, please contact your state senator and representative and urge them to support real redistricting reform for our congressional districts.