Welcome to the website of Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government.
We are a citizens’ ballot committee that seeks to return the concept of democracy to Columbus, Ohio. We have watched with alarm as our local elections have become a joke — structured in such a way as to make meaningful competition for City elective offices impossible. As a result, these City offices are not as responsive to the people of Columbus as they could be, and the regular democratic processes have been subverted. Please read below, and support us with a donation.
The DARE 2B FAIR policy agenda consists of the following:
Districts deserve a vote. This is a citizen initiative to make amend the Columbus City Charter, to change the structure of Columbus City Council from 7 members, all elected in At Large city wide elections, to an 11 member council, with 4 members elected At Large and 7 members elected by voters of the Districts in which they reside.
Arena bailouts demand a vote. This is a citizen initiative to amend the 2011 Columbus City Council ordinance (law) that provides City lease payments to fund public ownership of Nationwide Arena.
Reform campaign financing. This is a citizen initiative to provide a comprehensive system of campaign laws for elections to the offices of Mayor and Council in Columbus.
Enhance public discourse for a stronger democracy. The Coalition supports a number of efforts to ensure that information is not obstructed and withheld from citizens. We support the return of public access television to the people, and we oppose City Council’s policy of turning off television cameras before citizens can speak to Council on non-agenda items at Council meetings.
We believe that if the four initiatives outlined above are accomplished, Columbus governance will be more:
Accessible to the people
Independent minded, and
Responsive to the citizenry.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 614-595-2986.