Rick Redfern for Ohio's 23rd District

Who am I?

Hi, my name is Rick Redfern and I'm committed to giving people a voice in the Statehouse. I have lived in Southwest Columbus for over 20 years, so I know the area and what people are facing. I work a 9-5 job on an hourly wage, so I understand what real people are going through.

I met my wife, Colleen, a 30 year veteran high-school teacher serving in two local high school, here. My son graduated from Central Crossing and my daughter will too. I understand what is happening with education in Ohio very well from the perspective of a parent as well as from the teacher's perspective. I worked to pass bond issues in our district so that communities could have decent buildings for their kids.

I am a proud Democrat and I look forward to fighting for our values in the Ohio Statehouse. We need real leadership in Southwest Columbus, and I am ready to do my part.

Why am I running?

In 2011 I stood on the Ohio Statehouse lawn and watched the "leaders" in our state lock the doors to the people. Those leaders didn't want to hear from those opposed to SB5--teachers, firefighters, police officers and union members of all stripes. The "leaders" wanted to pass a bill to restrict their rights to collectively bargain for better lives. It got my dander up.

So I ran for mayor of our town. I changed the conversation by walking door-to-door and actually talking to people. I financed the campaign by asking each supporter for $1. I ended up with about 200 donors and spent about $1,200 on the campaign. I didn't win but many of the ideas I put forth during those walks have actually been put into place.

Now I have the opportunity to run against the State Representative for the 23rd district seat. She was an architect of SB5 and has been instrumental in shifting taxes to the middle-class with the promise that jobs and goodness will trickle down from the wealthy. It is not happening. I want to bring real change to the state and real help to the middle-class and to local communities.

My Goals

I want to end the tax shift to the middle-class. I will support budgets that are fair to everyone, not just the big money people. This will increase funding for communities and schools that is so desperately needed.

I want to raise the minimum wage in Ohio so that no one works 40 hours to live in poverty.

I want to support legislation that allows our state auditor to audit ALL government entities and ends the privacy of records for charter schools and other "private" entities that are using public money.

These are the top three, but there are many more. I'm ready to get started.

My DFA Values

I am asking for your endorsement because I believe in the mission of DFA.

I want to end the tax shift that has occurred in Ohio. I want the poor and middle-class to have as good a shot at a good life as those with wealth. I support a fair minimum wage so that people who work a 40 hour week can have the money necessary to support themselves and their families.

I want to end the discrimination against same sex couples. I want every loving couple to be able to be treated equally under the law in every way.

I want women to have control of their own bodies and destinies. I want the attacks on their privacy to end.

I want local communities and public schools to be well funded. The tax cuts for the wealthy should be ended and money should once again be given to the communities for education, protection and the good things that communities provide citizens.

My Campaign is People Powered!

I walk six nights a week and knock on doors. I engage the voters in conversations. I personally ask for the support of voters and ask them to volunteer with the campaign.

The campaign is run out of my home and volunteers come together to phone voters and address postcards that I personally sign. I believe that people should be able to speak to their representative. Voters have responded very well to this.

I have volunteers who love to talk to people regarding the campaign. The handout my business card with my personal cell phone number so that anyone with a question can call and ask it.

I plan on engaging volunteers in fundraising and house parties to talk to their neighbors. Government should be about the people who are being representative. When I am elected, I want to continue my walks, going door-to-door engaging in conversation with those that hired me.

Voice support


  • Kathy Maguire
  • Carl Cunningham
  • B. Gail Cunningham
  • Patty Ray
  • Douglas Broyles
  • Josey Redfern
  • Kathy Braun
  • Jason Burns
  • Barbara Daniels
  • Brandy Burns
...and 9 more.

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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