The Campaign Kickoff was such a HUGE success. It was so overwhelming to be surrounded by so many excellent people who support our campaign. Family & Friends abounded, volunteers were certainly not in short supply, and the community came out in FORCE to support what is shaping up to be quite a tidal wave in this year’s campaign season.
When we started out, I was told how difficult it would be to get the Democratic Endorsement. I realized that I was flooding an already large group of non-incumbents seeking the democratic endorsement. I realized that I was a last minute addition and seen, in many ways, as a “dark horse.” I realized that I may very well not get the endorsement. I do not feel that way anymore. I sincerely believe that I will win, and so does my team. Furthermore, I feel people are beginning to realize that our campaign is not some fly-by-night, spur-of-the-moment organization. They are beginning to realize that there is a community of support behind us. We may not have as much money as other candidates, but our relationships are deep, and $30 from a former student who is a freshman at Purcell Marian means the world to me and shows a kind of love that is lost in today’s political arena.
At the kickoff we had Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. We had representatives from Councilmembers Seelbach & Young’s office. Yvette Simpson came out to show her support and love. Representatives from Lower Price Hill Community School, WordPlay, the Drop Inn Center, The Respite Center (including the former President of the National Healthcare for the Homeless Board), Park + Vine, Neyer Properties, Orange Leaf, Starfire U, and many others came out on March 20th to encourage our “Voice for the Voiceless” campaign. Even seniors from Purcell Marian’s Marianist Urban Students Program showed up to support their former Dean. It was beautiful.
And, of course, I was introduced as a candidate by my brother, Mike Rogers, and my mentor, Laure Quinlivan. Mike & Laure – while from very different walks of life – both spoke to my character and willingness to work hard for those who many have forgotten, with no expectation of reward. Mike has taught me to always be myself, no matter what – to always stand up for what is right, even when others are against me. Laure has taught me to stand by my convictions and make difficult decisions even if it jeopardizes election or re-election. I could not have asked for two better people to stand by my side at the podium that evening than Mike & Laure.
One of the most fun and humbling parts of the evening was when Alexis Gregory (granddaughter of “The Ribs King,” ted Gregory, and proprietor at The Montgomery Inn Boathouse) asked if Katie and I would sign one of my “Moroski” Reds jerseys so that they could hang it in the “Hope Room.”
All of this is to say that I am so grateful for all of the support. It is also to say that it is clear to me that people are ready for a fresh face in politics. Many excellent candidates bring political clout to this year’s race. I bring relational clout. I bring connections to those we have left behind AND those who make the big decisions in our city. I bring a network of people in the Team Moroski camp whose relationships extend far and wide. I bring years of trust and leadership. Most significantly, I bring integrity and the courage to do what’s right.
It is time to take a stand on behalf of all of us on the local level. It is time to let the State know that Cincinnati is strong and helping to carry Ohio forward. It is time to bring our locally owned & operated small business and nonprofit leaders to the table to help guide us on our journey of becoming the nation’s FIRST truly mixed income reality. It is time, and I am the person to serve as the catalyst and leader.
“I love people.” That is the very first thing I ever wrote for this website many, many months ago. I love people so much that the love keeps me up at night thinking of better, more effective ways to spread the love economically, systematically and programmatically to those in our city core & outlying neighborhoods. I love people so much that I cry when I see injustice of even the smallest kind. I love people so much that I am willing to jeopardize my own “things” to see to it that others thrive. I have shown this time and time again, and I will show it in a big way once I am sitting in a seat on Plum Street.
As I’ve said on this site – “don’t take it from me” – ask around – get to know me – attend an Open Mike Night – do a “Google” search – contact me through this website. I take this political thing very seriously. I take decision-making that impacts others very seriously. I take earning the respect of the voting populous very seriously – not so I can simply win, but so I earn a position that will afford me the opportunity to enable OTHERS to win through courageous policy changes.
The kickoff was just the beginning. Now the long road to November begins. Stay tuned to our “Events” page for details on Open Mike Nights, house parties, fundraisers, and the soon to be unveiled VIP Rock Star Reds Game in The Pilot House at Great American Ballpark.
I WILL change things to ensure our future viability as one of the nation’s most attractive, mixed-income cities in which to live. Watch closely, you wouldn’t want to miss it.