Russ Harris for Ohio

Get to know Russ

I am a father, an educator, and a lifelong advocate for Ohio’s children, families, and teachers. I am asking you for your vote so I can represent our community as the State Representative for the 23rd House District. I promise to bring an energetic and experienced voice to the position and I will put Ohio’s children above politics.

My life has been dedicated to improving the opportunities for our young people to get a great education. And my background prepared me for this work. At Syracuse University, I was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Economics, focusing on human resources and public finance.

My first job after college was as the Director of School Subsides for the state of Pennsylvania. There, I learned that we have to give our teachers the tools they need because they are our frontline in the classroom for our students.

In Ohio, I used my experience in school funding to work with state lawmakers on the Education Review Committee and the Ohio Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding to address the inequities in our system.

I am in the classroom to this day. I am the former director of Economic Education at Ashland University and I currently teach economics at Franklin University. You deserve a state representative who is in touch with the issues that matter.

In recent years, Columbus politicians have moved our state in the wrong direction – backwards. They have diminished the teaching profession – we must restore it. They have diminished the self-worth and esteem of our children with high stakes testing – we must rebuild it. They have wasted billions of your tax dollars on the failed charter school experiment. They have put politics before Ohio’s children. We must be serious about working in a bi-partisan manner to change direction.

A child’s quality of education should not be dependent on what zip code they live in, which unfortunately is the case in Ohio. I want to change that. I believe that is a critical matter that must be addressed.

We can do better.

I have the experience and passion to fight on behalf of Ohio’s children. Thank you in advance for your support.