Don Bryant, a candidate for State Representative District 2, discussed his campaign platform and legislative agenda Thursday evening during the Richland County Democratic Central Committee and Democratic Executive meeting.

“Don Bryant is a young man who has been active in Democratic politics in a variety of ways,” said Party Chairman Joe Mudra. “Don is a very intelligent and hardworking young man.”

Bryant then took to the podium to explain why he is the better choice for state representative than his Republican opponent.

“My governmental aspirations began when I was 21-years-old,” said Bryant. “I wanted to show people the good that our government can do with the right people in office.”

As a young man of age 21, Bryant served in the United States Senate for Senator Sherrod Brown.

“I learned the means and ways of the Washington beltway politics in 2008,” he said. “After that, I moved forward to working on the Obama campaign in 2008.”

Bryant said he worked in North Dakota and in parts of Montana while campaigning for President Barack Obama. After returning to Mansfield, Bryant then started working for former Mansfield mayor Donald Culliver’s education task force.

“This organization was tasked with helping create a positive learning environment for Mansfield city schools,” he said. … “Together with volunteers, teachers and public administrators, we helped reduce behavioral and attendance issues by nearly 30 percent in the Mansfield City School district in 2010.”

After his local government experience, Bryant said he then moved on to the Ohio House of Representatives in Columbus as a legislative aide for State Representative Sandra Williams.

“I’ve managed a district with well over 114,000 people,” he said.

Bryant then earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations and his master’s degree in education. He has been a teacher with the Mansfield City School district for the past three years.

“I have experience,” he said. “I have local, state, and federal government experience.”

"Are we really better off with what we have today?", Bryant challenged the audience after reading facts about Republican job creation in Ohio or the lack thereof.

“The Republicans are playing Wall Street politics while attacking Main Street and the middle class,” he stumped.

Bryant said his plan is to fight for hardworking citizens who want to earn a decent living. “I’m running because I care and I want to fight for the people here in Richland county.”

His vision for the counties he would represent is, “Attract, Train and Keep.”

“This vision focuses on a cross sector collaborative model that says together we are stronger,” he said. “It also focuses on working with four of the most powerful communities – the academic, business, civic and government communities – together, all one and all united, working together.”

As state representative, Bryant said he wants to unify the communities and move everyone forward in the same direction in a united front.

“Moving Opportunities Forward” is the campaign slogan, said Bryant.

“I believe that if you elect me to be your next state representative, I will be able to move opportunities forward,” he said. “That’s what my life has been about, moving opportunities forward.”

Bryant also encouraged the crowd to give money to his campaign or volunteer as they can.

“It’s all about growing,” he said. “Together we’re stronger and we will move opportunities forward.”

Angel N. Ross-Taylor is a correspondent for Richland Source. Follow her on Twitter @angelnichole222

Mother of four beautiful girls. Mansfield native. St. Peter's HS and Ohio University grad. HAPPY to be back doing what I love most: writing positive stories. :)