Friends of Rita Darrow
For State Representative District 31
Dear Family, Friends and Supporters,
It has been my honor to serve you on Summit County Council for the past two years. I am proud of my record and my steadfast focus on issues important to the people and businesses in our community.
I am now running for State Representative for Ohio House District 31. I chose to run for this office out of a deep concern for the extreme political conditions which currently exist in our state government. Twice Ohioans have overwhelmingly voted to end gerrymandering. The resistance of our current state government to create fair districts that reflect the will of Ohio voters should concern us all. In addition, several extreme bills have been “rubberstamped” into existence and passed with frightening speed. These bills threaten Ohioan's safety and well-being on a personal level. As a result, I feel compelled to push back.
My current opponent has been in the State House of Representatives for two terms and has been a part of the supermajority which has enacted extreme laws which have not made Ohio safer, healthier, or more prosperous.
Running a campaign in any year is financially and physically demanding, but this year presents even more of a challenge. The Ohio redistricting committee forced a shortened timeline by repeatedly refusing direct orders from the Ohio State Supreme Court to produce a constitutional Ohio district map.
It's time for a change.
I have already begun my work. I am already out there – talking to people, raising questions, and having conversations, but there is still much to do. I need YOUR support in order to make sure that District 31 has a real voice in Columbus.
Every little bit helps – whether it be through a donation or through volunteering your time…NO effort is too small.
I hope you will support me. Start a conversation with your friends and family members. Raise pertinent questions. Ask people to join in making sure the health and safety of ALL Ohioans is addressed in November and beyond.
If you have more time, join us and spend an afternoon talking with your neighbors and other like-minded citizens in your area. Volunteer to make some phone calls, or sign up to distribute literature and signage. Your donations are also critically needed to secure the materials required to inform voters like you.
We can get there with a little bit of effort.
One voice can make a difference.
Summit County Council District 1
Candidate for State Representative
Proven Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
I'm Rita Darrow, your democratic candidate for Ohio State Representative, District 31, serving Summit County. I am focused on the issues that are important to people and businesses.
You can always count on me to represent YOUR interests,
and deliver results that address YOUR concerns.
I served on the Macedonia City Council from 2012-2015, acting as Council President in 2015. During my tenure I learned to navigate government, build strong relationships based upon trust and mutual respect, and get things done.
I am always willing to listen to the concerns and suggestions of the community, and have proven my problem-solving ability through effective legislation. During my term as Council President, we addressed over 300 legislative items, with more than 90% being passed unanimously.
I am also third Vice President of the Federated Women of Summit County, an organization dedicated to uniting Summit County Democratic women and empower their participation at every level of the Democratic Party.
I was raised with the idea that serving my community was not only an obligation, but a privilege. My family has been involved in public service for many years. Both of my parents were dedicated union members. My mom was one of the hardest working people I know, and I learned my work ethic from her.
I have lived in Summit county for over two decades, and have always been an active participant in my home city of Macedonia and the surrounding county. I’ve raised my children here—both graduated with high honors from Nordonia Hills High School before moving on to attend Bowling Green State University. My daughter graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, while my son graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management.
We are also very active members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Macedonia. On many evenings, you can find me volunteering at events sponsored by our Parish.
Proven Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
SUMMIT COUNTY COUNCIL – DISTRICT 1
Currently serving on the Summit County Council
The county council is passing 99-100% of all legislation with bipartisan support.
MACEDONIA CITY COUNCIL
As President of Macedonia City Council, I was instrumental in launching many improvements to our City Government as well as the community as a whole.
The city was in debt and was wasting funds on budget items that didn't directly benefit our residents. During my time on the council, we altered the course of Macedonia’s fiscal policy and revamped spending trends to achieve more positive results.
With my leadership, Macedonia realized some notable accomplishments:
The city’s previous debts were reconciled and Macedonia went from deficit spending to a 10% annual surplus, all while LOWERING tax rates by ¼%.
More than 200 Million in State and Federal funding was obtained to introduce a variety of improvements, including the extension of major interstate roads and the expansion of playground equipment in our parks.
A new focus on economic development resulted in hundreds of new jobs, the retention of several large manufacturers considering relocation and increased housing, retail development and assisted living facilities.
Police and Fire Rescue staffing levels were restored to pre-2008 levels and a program was implemented to upgrade police and fire vehicles and equipment.
City roads were evaluated and a budget was initiated to repair a decade of decay.
City employees received a pay increase after a 3-year freeze.
Count on me to tirelessly work for our Residents and Community!
I believe EVERY woman has the right to make decisions about her own body. The government has no business making decisions that affect a woman’s health. I will fight to reverse those excessively harsh “trigger” laws put in place for Ohio as soon as the Federal Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Gun Safety and Regulation:
I am a strong advocate for gun safety and violence prevention. As a member of a family of gun owners, I do not believe in taking guns away from law-abiding citizens who can pass common-sense gun safety and background checks.
I believe schools should be provided with a professionally-trained safety force for the safety of our children.
I trust educational administrators and educators to do what is necessary to provide our youth a well-rounded education without excessive government oversight. I believe every child should have access to high-quality education from Kindergarten through High school and beyond, if they choose.
I will vote against efforts to divert public school funding to private schools.
Coming from a family of union members, I believe in a workers’ rights to unionize, however, union members should be expected to pay dues. Living wages can help reduce poverty AND the tax burden on society. Additionally, low-wage workers need social programs to be able to afford housing, food, healthcare, etc.
Voting is a fundamental right. I will challenge ANY attempts to disenfranchise select groups from voting.
A family is a family, even if it doesn’t look like your family.
The government has NO right to define what a family should look like.
Board of Elections Independence
I will battle all attempts to subvert the will of the people.
We as a society have an obligation to those who have served to protect our democracy. I believe every veteran deserves a program for a successful re-entry back home after fighting for our country. I would like to be a part of implementing a program that would provide job opportunities, free healthcare, and support for those battling with PTSD and substance abuse.
I agree with the experts and the science. Ohio should put a higher priority on reducing its dependence on oil and coal.
There should also be clean air legislation put in place.
The United States is the only western country without universal health care.
I want to explore how other countries provide healthcare for all and find a solution that would work for our citizens. The government should control outrageous pharmaceutical pricing.
I am honored to receive the following endorsements.
Thank you for your trust.
My campaign is grass roots, getting to know people one at a time and in small groups — NO special interests. Getting active in a grassroots campaign is very rewarding!
Reach out! Get to know me!
By supporting each other, we can all make a difference in our community.
There are many ways to help out, from going door-to-door to hosting a meet & greet with friends and neighbors. I always need help at the polls on election day and at fundraisers—both are fun! I especially need help spreading the word online. If you would like to meet me or have a willingness to help out, just fill out the form below. I'm happy to drop by, meet you, and answer any questions you might have face-to-face. Also, if you would like to donate to my campaign, you can do so right here, just click on the donate button.
We need YOU! There are many ways to help, and plenty of things to do. Give us an idea of your interests and the amount of time you can volunteer and we'll work with your schedule!
HOST A HOUSE PARTY
Direct contact is the best way for people to get to know me. By hosting a meet & greet gathering at your home, I can hear your concerns and you can hear about my ideas for our future.
I need financial help to succeed. I'm running against a well-funded opponent with resources that far exceed mine. I am a grass With YOUR support I can bring energy and fresh ideas to Ohio legislation.