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Eugene Victor Debs

Bob’s role model is Eugene Victor Debs, the man responsible for leading one of America’s first industrial unions: the American Railway Union in the 1890s; an avid anti-war activist who was jailed for saying the rich have always called for war and the poor have always fought and died in them; and a five-time candidate for President with the Socialist Party, receiving more than a million votes while he was in prison in 1920. Debs is also known for the quote, which embodies Bob’s philosophy: “while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”

Bob was politically active in his college years as a Ford Foundation Fellow working in the Michigan State legislature. He was a member of the Human Rights Party in Michigan, founded by Zolton Ferency and worked with activists like Michael Moore. He also was a founder of the Democratic Socialist caucus in the Michigan Democratic Party in the late 70s and early 80s. He was one of the founding members of the Democratic Socialists of America. He founded the group Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio (DSCO) in 1988, served on the National Political Committee of DSA in the mid-1990s, and remains a member.

Bob helped manage the successful campaigns of Democrats Mary Jo Kilroy for Columbus School Board and Anne Taylor for Judge in 1991. He was a Democratic candidate for Congress in the 12th district in 1992, running against incumbent John Kasich. Bob was a Jerry Brown delegate to the 1992 National Democratic Convention and represented Brown at the platform hearings in Washington DC that year, opposing Clinton for his support of NAFTA and the death penalty. He also served on the Franklin County Democratic Central Committee under Chair Fran Ryan and was the elected 55th ward person from 1996-2000.

In 2003, Bob ran as a Green Party endorsed candidate for Columbus City Council in the primary and narrowly missed advancing to the general election. Bob with his good friend Bill Moss ran as endorsed Greens for Columbus School Board against a united slate of Democratic and Republican candidates to barely defeat them in the primary.

Bob ran for Governor of Ohio in 2006, where he was able to expose the election fraud activities of his Republican opponent the Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell. In 2008 he was a delegate to National Green Party convention. Bob served as a Central Committee member for the Green Party of Franklin County and State of Ohio from 2010 to 2017 and served as co-Chair of the State of Ohio with Anita Rios. He serves as a Near East Area Commissioner in Columbus since 2003.

Bob Fitrakis For Ohio U.S. Representative District 3 Green Party

Bob Fitrakis

 

Office sought: U.S. Representative District 3

Ohio Green Party Co-Chair Bob Fitrakis successfully filed petitions to be placed on the ballot in the new Franklin County 3rd Congressional district. Fitrakis, a lifelong educator is an educator of political science at Columbus State Community College and an attorney, who represented the Green Party in its attempt to place the Green Party officially on the ballot in 2008.

Fitrakis plans to advocate for:

Full employment through a Green Jobs Initiative that creates manufacturing jobs in Ohio in renewable energy technology

Health Care:

Single-payer health care.

Voting:

Constitutional amendment to make voting a universal Constitutional right. He will call for Congress to overturn Citizens United, stating that money is not speech and corporations are not people.

Occupy:

Fitrakis also supports the Occupy movement and pledges that his policies will expose the power and privileges of the 1% at the expense of the 99%.

Energy:

As a candidate, Fitrakis is committed to closing down Ohio’s nuclear plants and halting all fracking practices in the United States.

Bob Fitrakis Biography:

Bob Fitrakis is the co-chair of the Ohio Green Party and ran for governor of Ohio for the Green Party in 2006.

Professor:

He works as a Political Science Professor in the Social Sciences department at Columbus State Community College, where he won the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991. He was a Ford Foundation Fellow to the Michigan State legislature.

Journalist:

He is the Editor of the Free Press and founder of freepress.org. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Wayne State University and a J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He co-authored “What Happened in Ohio? A documentary record of theft and fraud in the 2004 election” (New Press) and has authored or co-authored eleven other books. Fitrakis has won eleven investigative journalism awards from the Cleveland Press Club, Project Censored, and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, among others. He appears in eleven documentary films. He was a columnist and investigative reporter for Columbus Alive for seven years.

Broadcaster:

He currently hosts radio talk shows on Talktainmentradio.com internet radio on Wednesdays from 7-8pm and WCRS 98.3/102.1 community radio in Columbus.

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