Four years ago our friend and fellow blogger Jill Miller Zimon took the leap from political writer to politician, winning a seat on Pepper Pike City Council. This year she’s running for the newly-redrawn 12th Ohio House District.
Jill will be taking on current State Rep John Barnes in a Democratic Primary on May 6th. Barnes and Bill Patmon, another Democratic State Rep from the Cleveland area, have angered many Democrats with their public support for some of Governor John Kasich’s questionable bills and policies.
Both Patmon and Barnes were front-and-center at the signing of Kasich’s transportation budget (see photo), which burdened the Ohio Turnpike with billions in debt, as well as at the signing of the controversial pro-charter, anti-teacher “Cleveland Plan”. Both bills saw support from other Democrats.
Barnes and Patmon also voted for both JobsOhio bills, which implemented Kasich’s signature plan to privatize economic development in Ohio in a shady, unaccountable and non-transparent semi-private entity. Both voted against Senate Bill 5.
Patmon had originally found a primary challenger in Sharon Cole, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Ed FitzGerald. Ms. Cole announced on Friday that she would be ending her campaign.
Jill’s campaign , however, is taking off. Last Tuesday she announced that her petitions had been validated and she would be appearing on the ballot in May. And today she announced that she was able to block the traditional incumbent endorsement of Barnes by the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. The Ohio Democratic Party has also made no endorsement in the race.
Jill has worn many hats over the years. Lawyer, social worker, journalist, city council member. And we’re absolutely certain she’ll bring the same drive, dedication and integrity with her to the Ohio Statehouse. Jill has vowed to focus on “access to health care, funding for public education, women’s reproductive rights, labor and union rights and food assistance.” You can check out her campaign website here for more information, but we highly encourage you to check out her blog, writeslikeshetalks.com, if you really want to know the “real” Jill.
We’d be remiss is we didn’t mention that another Ohio blogger, Anthony Fossaceca, is running for State Rep in Ohio’s 6th House District this year. You can check out Eric’s video tribute to Anthony here.