About

May 30, 2016
We Are One Columbus.
We are Columbus residents who are passionate about strong, vibrant neighborhoods, good jobs for all, and a government that works for everyone. That’s why we oppose the proposed Wards Charter Amendment on the August 2nd Special Election ballot. Columbus doesn’t need 18 new politicians making up to $75,000 a year for a part-time job. We need a City Council that represents every neighborhood and is accountable to every Columbus voter.

15 thoughts on “About

  • Is the One Columbus campaign going to have yard signs? If so, I would like one. I also an interested in volunteering to help distribute yard signs as needed.

    • It’s actually $80,000 according to a new analysis. That is the cost for salary and benefits, based on a citizens’ commission that sets salary for Councilmembers and the city benefits provided in the MCP contract.

  • My address stated New Albany, but We lived in Columbus city property and pay taxes. We voted in New Albany for 2016 spring election. Same voting Place? Plus I sure other people who lived close suburb area and may live City of Columbus.

    • Yes, if you have a Columbus voting precinct, you can vote in this election. You will vote at the same polling place as the primary, UNLESS the Board of Elections sent you a notice of polling place change.

  • This is an “ill-thought” idea – dividing Columbus City Council by Wards and increasing the costs of and access to our city government. WE DON’T WANT IT !

  • Will vote no, but would feel better about it if the large cardboard mailer we received showed even one female council member – the all-male pictures (of hands, sleeves and neckties) turns me off. Somebody goofed! 😉

    • Thanks for your vote! Several people have commented (which means we got their attention!). Academic research shows that wards, if done like Issue 1, tend to lower the number of women on councils. We wanted people to be aware of that unintended consequence of Issue 1.

  • Thank you so much for raising awareness about issue one. I found out about it by chance, and truly believe that our current mayoral administration called for a special election thinking that it would fly under the radar and easily pass.

    • This was actually forced on the ballot by the petitioners. The city didn’t have any choice, so we’re stuck with a $1,000,000 bill for a special election triggered by the pro-Issue 1 campaign.

  • Why do you say 18 new politicians? The issue only adds 6 new members. No time frame or triggering event is listed for filling 25 members on the council.
    Why do you say that the wards will be drawn by partisan lines? The apportionment committee will by made up of 3 republicans, 3 democrats, and 3 unaffiliated or 3rd party members.

    • First, it does have a “triggering event” for a 25 member council. More importantly, it’s part of the proposal that voters are being asked to approve. Second, the apportionment board will be the only city entity picked based on political party affiliation. And courts will have to tell us how to do it.

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