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Ohio Citizen Action organizes and mobilizes people to advocate for public interests. In person, by phone, and online, we engage people in actions that protect public health, improve environmental quality, and benefit consumers. Our campaigns connect Ohioans and build a movement to protect democracy and create a sustainable future.

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Ohio Citizen Action Endorses Shammas Malik

Mar 20, 2023 11:20 AM

(Columbus, OH)—Today, Ohio Citizen Action (OCA) proudly announced the organization’s endorsement of Shammas Malik for Akron Mayor in the May 2nd primary election. This is the first primary election candidate endorsement ever offered by OCA. In November 2022, OCA endorsed statewide, Congressional, and state legislative candidates for the first time in nearly 30 years.  

“There is an opportunity for the voters of Akron to fill an open seat for Mayor with a candidate who is committed to reducing carbon emissions and promoting a sustainable future for the City of Akron,” said Ohio Citizen Action Political Director, Kyle Marcum. “Malik has a comprehensive climate platform that includes creating green building standards and increasing the use of electric vehicles in municipal fleets. This forward-thinking vision is exactly why he has earned the OCA endorsement in the Democratic primary election.”

Malik has been a member of the Akron City Council since 2019. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and served two years as the city’s Assistant Director of Law. If victorious, Malik would also be the first person of color to ever be elected as the Mayor of Akron. 

As part of their work around these endorsements, OCA will be knocking on doors and talking with Akron voters in support of Malik’s candidacy. OCA is a c4 organization that focuses on mobilizing Ohioans around improving environmental quality, protecting consumers, and preserving voting rights.

“For years, Akron was known as the Rubber Capital of the World. It was named an All-America City by the National Civic League on four occasions,” said Marcum. “Over time, however, this industrial powerhouse has struggled to find the innovation, leadership, and inclusion needed to carry Akron into a more vibrant future.  One candidate for Mayor can ensure the city continues this progress and does so with sustainability and justice in mind. It is time for a new generation of leadership. OCA is proud to endorse Shammas Malik as our candidate for the Mayor of Akron.”


statement on Householder verdict

Mar 09, 2023 2:02 PM

Justice has been served with the guilty verdict in the federal racketeering trial of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and former Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges.

This was a years-long empire-building scheme in the making, designed to develop a sustainable structure to channel dark money for political purposes for decades. Larry Householder and others involved believed they were above the law and that there would be no ramifications for their actions. The jury has decided differently.

Every day, evidence uncovered through this trial highlighted the sheer scale of corruption of our state government by utility interests. Among the most jarring aspects was the degree to which corrupt activity was treated by elected officials as the ‘normal way of doing business.’ Those with deep pockets were empowered to drive the decisions of policymakers and brazenly boasted about their victories. 

We don’t believe that utilities funneling millions of dollars through shell corporations to drive state policy is how our state government should work, nor do Ohio voters. We believe it is now time to turn our attention to changing the face of democracy in Ohio. We hold up this decision as evidence that Ohioans not only deserve better but will now be expecting better from their elected officials.

After so many years of utility-controlled energy policy that favored fossil fuels, Ohio must now move toward equitable, forward-looking solutions that will protect our air and water, the health of Ohioans, and provide clean energy jobs to keep Ohio competitive in the 21st-century economy. 

Nearly 1,000 days after the news broke of the House Bill 6 scandal, we can finally move past the largest bribery and racketeering scheme in Ohio history and charge forward becoming ever more vigilant in keeping our decision makers accountable to the people of Ohio.

- Rachael Belz, CEO, Ohio Citizen Action