I am a lifelong resident of Worthington, proudly raising a family very near to where I was raised, and I care very deeply about my schools, my libraries, my community and my family�s future.
I am also a lifelong Democrat who never has voted for a Republican and never thought that I ever would. All of that changed when Mike Duffey announced that he was running to be our community�s next representative in the Ohio House.
I have had the honor of knowing Duffey personally. We went to the same schools and have spent our lives in Ohio�s 21st House District. We have worked together as Statehouse reporters, where Mike taught me how much difference a representative with real grass-roots ties to his constituents can make in truly changing the everyday life of the people he serves.
The Democratic Party has dropped the ball by thinking it could have Duffey�s opponent move into our district only last April and expect me to believe that he is a man with a deep and genuine concern for our community that is somehow superior to that of Duffey, who has spent his entire life committed to this district.
Second, Duffey has been twice elected to Worthington City Council, where he managed to balance the city�s budget without harming our schools or our libraries. His opponent isn�t even eligible to serve on the City Council because he hasn�t lived here long enough.
Finally, l want to personally testify to Duffey�s natural inclination to bipartisanship and his deep desire to see our neighborhoods prosper and flourish for decades to come.
When it comes to having a voice Downtown who will always speak on behalf of our district�s greater good, it is my informed opinion that Duffey is the most natural choice that we, as a community, have had in a long time.