2019 Candidates

Tiff Piko-  Candidate for Lancaster Ohio Mayor   Educational and professional background:  I was born and raised in Lancaster. After graduating from Lancaster High School, I went to college in New York City at Parsons the New School for Design. There I studied the development of sustainable infrastructure, urban planning, and cultural preservation, to bring new ideas and solutions to Lancaster. After becoming a trained designer and completing internships in urban planning, I came back to serve our community and help others carry on the legacy of Lancaster.  I am also a businesswoman running a sustainable clothing resale shop. Through reselling, I was able to independently finance my education and create jobs for members of my community. By selling only second hand clothing, I have kept over 15,000 lbs of post consumer textile waste out of the landfill.   Top campaign issues:  Job Creation - Lancaster is critically lacking in competitive, sustainable jobs. We need to take steps to balance big business and small business to diversify our economy, allow people to work where they live, and keep Lancaster’s talents local.  Neighborhood Preservation - We owe it to our community to ensure we are prepared for the future by focusing our efforts on what works and no longer wasting our resources on what does not. From fixing potholes to treating drug addiction, we have been fighting an uphill battle and it’s time to try a new approach.  Community Representation - Lancaster is a mosaic of many unique communities. Unfortunately, many of them have yet to be given a platform to voice their concerns and their hopes for our city. We need to invest in these communities and shift our focus beyond our downtown. Many of our parks are in need of updating, many of our roads need fixed, and many businesses and community members deserve our attention. It is time we afforded every part of Lancaster equal support and attention.  Sustainable Infrastructure - Lancaster became a prominent city because of its natural assets and many members of our community wish to carry on this legacy. Our city has failed to meet the needs of these citizens who have turned to private companies to provide environmental services such as home waste recycling. By partnering with these companies, we can invest in our own locally founded businesses while making their services more accessible.   Fun Fact:  I am running for mayor during my senior year of college.   Website

Tiff Piko- Candidate for Lancaster Ohio Mayor

Educational and professional background: I was born and raised in Lancaster. After graduating from Lancaster High School, I went to college in New York City at Parsons the New School for Design. There I studied the development of sustainable infrastructure, urban planning, and cultural preservation, to bring new ideas and solutions to Lancaster. After becoming a trained designer and completing internships in urban planning, I came back to serve our community and help others carry on the legacy of Lancaster.

I am also a businesswoman running a sustainable clothing resale shop. Through reselling, I was able to independently finance my education and create jobs for members of my community. By selling only second hand clothing, I have kept over 15,000 lbs of post consumer textile waste out of the landfill.

Top campaign issues: Job Creation - Lancaster is critically lacking in competitive, sustainable jobs. We need to take steps to balance big business and small business to diversify our economy, allow people to work where they live, and keep Lancaster’s talents local.

Neighborhood Preservation - We owe it to our community to ensure we are prepared for the future by focusing our efforts on what works and no longer wasting our resources on what does not. From fixing potholes to treating drug addiction, we have been fighting an uphill battle and it’s time to try a new approach.

Community Representation - Lancaster is a mosaic of many unique communities. Unfortunately, many of them have yet to be given a platform to voice their concerns and their hopes for our city. We need to invest in these communities and shift our focus beyond our downtown. Many of our parks are in need of updating, many of our roads need fixed, and many businesses and community members deserve our attention. It is time we afforded every part of Lancaster equal support and attention.

Sustainable Infrastructure - Lancaster became a prominent city because of its natural assets and many members of our community wish to carry on this legacy. Our city has failed to meet the needs of these citizens who have turned to private companies to provide environmental services such as home waste recycling. By partnering with these companies, we can invest in our own locally founded businesses while making their services more accessible.

Fun Fact: I am running for mayor during my senior year of college.

Website

Beverly Brooks Thompson-  Candidate for Louisiana State Senate District 16   Educational and professional background:  I have had 25 years of leadership and service in the public sector promoting economic and workforce development, quality education attainment and healthcare. Including executive leadership roles in two of our community’s flagship institutions: LSU and Woman’s Hospital I was the President and Executive Counsel, Brooks Thompson Consulting – national fundraising consulting and philanthropic advising firm with current clients across the United States. I was the Former Director of the Forever LSU Campaign - $798 Million in private philanthropic support, former President of Foundation for Woman’s – established and seated the supporting foundation and Board of Trustees.  I am a four time LSU alumna with a PHD in Human Resource and Leadership Development, Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)  I am the mother of three Catholic High School alums, Brennan, junior at LSU; Dalton, freshman at LSU; William, freshman at LATech  I was given the Alumnus of the Year, LSU College of Human Science and Education in 2017. The award for influential Women in Business in 2018 and awarded top 40 Under 40 in 2009   Top campaign issues:  As a small business owner and stalwart supporter of LSU, I have seen firsthand how Louisiana’s politics and the failure of our elected officials to have the hard conversations and to make the tough decisions, have hampered Louisiana’s potential. I have watched frustrated and angry on the sidelines as our leaders have done very little to enact real systemic change. It’s time for that to change.  -This means prioritizing education from cradle to university to educate and train our citizens.  -This means offering Louisiana citizens a stable tax code and economic incentives that grow our economy and support Louisiana’s businesses and workers.  -This means a fair and reasonable budget that promotes economic growth and uplifts Louisiana and its people.  We must have a return to civil discourse in our communication regarding the future of our state. This means taking politics out of the discussion and talking about common sense/common ground solutions that work – regardless of the politics. There are some who fight against the tide – speak truth about real solutions – offer to work with anyone to fix our problems but there are too many – still – who play politics with our future. It is time for this to change.   Website

Beverly Brooks Thompson- Candidate for Louisiana State Senate District 16

Educational and professional background: I have had 25 years of leadership and service in the public sector promoting economic and workforce development, quality education attainment and healthcare. Including executive leadership roles in two of our community’s flagship institutions: LSU and Woman’s Hospital I was the President and Executive Counsel, Brooks Thompson Consulting – national fundraising consulting and philanthropic advising firm with current clients across the United States. I was the Former Director of the Forever LSU Campaign - $798 Million in private philanthropic support, former President of Foundation for Woman’s – established and seated the supporting foundation and Board of Trustees.

I am a four time LSU alumna with a PHD in Human Resource and Leadership Development, Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)

I am the mother of three Catholic High School alums, Brennan, junior at LSU; Dalton, freshman at LSU; William, freshman at LATech

I was given the Alumnus of the Year, LSU College of Human Science and Education in 2017. The award for influential Women in Business in 2018 and awarded top 40 Under 40 in 2009

Top campaign issues: As a small business owner and stalwart supporter of LSU, I have seen firsthand how Louisiana’s politics and the failure of our elected officials to have the hard conversations and to make the tough decisions, have hampered Louisiana’s potential. I have watched frustrated and angry on the sidelines as our leaders have done very little to enact real systemic change. It’s time for that to change.

-This means prioritizing education from cradle to university to educate and train our citizens.

-This means offering Louisiana citizens a stable tax code and economic incentives that grow our economy and support Louisiana’s businesses and workers.

-This means a fair and reasonable budget that promotes economic growth and uplifts Louisiana and its people.

We must have a return to civil discourse in our communication regarding the future of our state. This means taking politics out of the discussion and talking about common sense/common ground solutions that work – regardless of the politics. There are some who fight against the tide – speak truth about real solutions – offer to work with anyone to fix our problems but there are too many – still – who play politics with our future. It is time for this to change.

Website

Leah Cullins-  Candidate for Louisiana State Representative District 67

Leah Cullins- Candidate for Louisiana State Representative District 67

Robin Parrott-  Candidate for Louisiana State Representative District 95   Educational and professional background:  I graduated from   Southeastern Louisiana University B.A. in English Education, Dec. 2006. I taught in the public school system for 8 years and was awarded teacher of the Year 2009-2010 school year   Top campaign issues:   Education  Health Care  Environment   Fun Fact:  I am the oldest sister out of 14 siblings!   Website

Robin Parrott- Candidate for Louisiana State Representative District 95

Educational and professional background: I graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University B.A. in English Education, Dec. 2006. I taught in the public school system for 8 years and was awarded teacher of the Year 2009-2010 school year

Top campaign issues:

Education

Health Care

Environment

Fun Fact: I am the oldest sister out of 14 siblings!

Website

Joy Walters - Candidate for Louisiana State Representative District 3

Joy Walters- Candidate for Louisiana State Representative District 3

Alicia Calvin-  Candidate for Louisiana State Representative District 16

Alicia Calvin- Candidate for Louisiana State Representative District 16


2018 Candidates

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Amber Daniels - 2018 Candidate for State Representative District 78, OH

Amber Daniels- 2018 Candidate for State Representative District 78, OH

Kristine Geis-  2018   Candidate for State Representative House District 97, OH

Kristine Geis- 2018 Candidate for State Representative House District 97, OH

Leah Good-  2018 Candidate for Fairfield County Commissioner, OH

Leah Good- 2018 Candidate for Fairfield County Commissioner, OH

Melissa Dahman-  2018 Candidate for Ohio   State School Board District 8

Melissa Dahman- 2018 Candidate for Ohio State School Board District 8

 
Debra Jensen -  2018   Candidate for   State Representative District 7, IA

Debra Jensen - 2018 Candidate for State Representative District 7, IA

Christine Ralston-  2018 Candidate for Iowa City City Council

Christine Ralston- 2018 Candidate for Iowa City City Council

Karli McGowan -  2018 candidate for County Commissioner for Roosevelt County, MT

Karli McGowan - 2018 candidate for County Commissioner for Roosevelt County, MT

Caroline Nesbitt-  2018 Candidate fo r  State Representative Carroll County District 4, NH

Caroline Nesbitt- 2018 Candidate for State Representative Carroll County District 4, NH

 
Felicia French-  2018 Candidate for State Representative District 6, AZ

Felicia French- 2018 Candidate for State Representative District 6, AZ

Erika Johnson-  2018   Candidate for State Representative 19th Middlesex, MA

Erika Johnson- 2018 Candidate for State Representative 19th Middlesex, MA

 
 

2017 Candidates

Delegate Hala Ayala-  Virginia House of Delegates District 51, VA

Delegate Hala Ayala- Virginia House of Delegates District 51, VA

Melissa Dart-  Virginia House of Delegates District 56, VA

Melissa Dart- Virginia House of Delegates District 56, VA