Rick Smith
Democrat for Ohio State
Representative District 54
SW Warren Co. & Middletown (part)

Bringing Respect, Reason, and Fairness back to the Ohio State Legislature

I would like to thank all my volunteers and donors!  Without you, I could not have run the race for Ohio State House in the 54th District. You showed faith in me and worked tirelessly for me.

The bad news is that I lost badly, 28% to 72%. The good news is that your hard work helped me do better than nearly all the other Democratic candidates in my district! (see my Facebook page for more details)

Obviously, this was a blood-bath for us. While our candidates didn't win (except for the fabulous Pat Bruns for State School Board!), our ideas will never die. Together let's look for opportunities to push for redistricting reform and more fairness in the state's taxation and spending policies.

Welcome to my website!  Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, I think you will find my candidacy for Ohio State Representative in District 54 refreshing.  I believe that Ohioans are not being served by the current State Legislature.  The problem is that they have ignored three basic principles….principles that have effectively governed relationships everywhere from the kindergarten playground to the executive boardroom – Respect, Reason, and Fairness. 

Please view my Facebook page for the latest information and issue discussions (https://www.facebook.com/mrsmithgoestocolumbus)



I don’t know anyone who isn’t sick of the divisiveness of politics today…and it seems to be getting worse every year.  Government works best when both parties respect one another and respect the voter.  We need to remove the institutional barriers to respectful dialog in politics by introducing redistricting and campaign finance reform.



Reason means passing reasonable legislation that truly addresses a problem or creates an opportunity.  It also means not passing laws that just don’t pass the “red face” test.  We can bring Reason back to government by bringing transparency back to Jobs Ohio, stop focusing on wedge issues, and make investments in transportation and education that will really increase jobs.



When one party controls all three branches of government, it often overreaches, passing laws that become more and more ideologically pure without considering the diversity of needs and thought among Ohio citizens.  Senate Bill 5 was the most public example of this, but there seems to be a systematic lack of concern for the needs of average Ohioans in the current Legislature.  We can bring Fairness back to Ohio by making Medicaid expansion permanent, reducing the relative tax burden on the middle, restoring funding to local schools and governments, and ending any effort to make Ohio a right-to-work state.

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