The political system and virtually all involved in the political system are working exclusively for the wealthy elite which ultimately means that they are working exclusively for their own interest. 'The people be dammed' is the motto of the political class in this country and Dennis has proven himself to be the exception.
One should look at the career of Dennis and look at the effort of the system to remove Dennis from effective office. When one sees the history involved and makes comparisons to the political careers of almost every politician in this country, one is able to appreciate Dennis.
Dennis has demonstrated that he is determined to work for the interest of the people he represents... a very rare politician... support him whether or not you live in Ohio. Even if it is not 'your' state, it is important that we have people in the system who actually are working for the interests of the people instead of the interests of the corporate world and the wealthy elite.
Although I haven't reached out since I left Congress, I have continued to take a stand and be active in matters of consequence in politics through writing newspaper columns, television, and radio interviews. I have spent the last few years completing work on a 600 page book about my experience as a young mayor fighting corrupt interests in Cleveland to save the city’s electric system.
It is time to return to public service! Given your long-standing support (which I appreciate so much!) and our shared concerns for our country, I am humbled to inform you that I am running for the democratic nomination for Governor of Ohio. Like all our states, Ohio is hungry for clear leadership and a policy platform that will unify and create, not distract and destroy. I have detailed an extensive pragmatic plan which represents my decades of work for a real deal for America based upon human, social, and ecological values.
Two days after I announced for Governor, Akron City Councilwoman Tara Samples joined the ticket as my choice for Lieutenant Governor. Like myself, Tara is called to service and leadership. She cares about, and understands, the real life struggles that Ohioans face today and is uniquely equipped to be a creative and passionate problem-solver and advocate in statewide office. When we win in November, Tara will be the first African-American democrat in the 215 year history of the State of Ohio to be elected to statewide office.
Ours is not an anointed partisan campaign, it is gritty and positive, real and authentic. Our team is full of hard working people of passion and sincere conviction. We would love for you to join us, to be part of this movement. Volunteer, share your insights, post on social media using #PowerToWeThePeople, and when possible, invest in the potential of this transformative movement through donations. While your thoughts are an important part of what will make our campaign special, we’ve also recently seen the tremendous power small-dollar grassroots donations can have. When we unite behind a common cause to say that special interest groups and dark money won't buy Ohio public policy any longer - that is also #PowerToWeThePeople!
In just over 100 days, Ohio Democratic voters will go to the polls to select the candidates who can remodel the relationship between the people and the government. Tara and I are the best candidates to lead a ticket with the momentum needed to achieve down ballot victories for people-powered champions across Ohio on November 6. We all know how important it is to build a transformational political movement in our State, and this campaign is an opportunity to do that together. Imagine a ticket which resurrects a tired, defeated political party and turns it into a powerful vehicle for public service. That is what Tara Samples and I are ready to do. We can’t do it without you - will you join us?
Please support our movement today with whatever you can afford - $3, $13, $20.18, or more - please stand with us and say - #PowerToWeThePeople!
We are thrilled to invite you into this powerful and positive movement. We are here to serve and we look forward to joining with you. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (Dennis and Tara) or our website, but most importantly, we ask that you take this opportunity to lead. It’s time to reclaim our power. Government is always working, but is it working for us? Together, we will restore #PowerToWeThePeople!
In solidarity and sincerity,