I’m running for City Council, because I love Columbus. I love the people, the energy, and the creative spirit of our city. I believe all of us deserve to feel safe and spend time with the people we love. We all deserve a decent wage, great schools, transit options, affordable housing, clean water and air, quality childcare and health care.

While some of us have these opportunities, many Columbus residents feel unsafe in their own neighborhoods. Columbus is a tale of two cities. One Columbus thrives with access to good jobs and opportunities. The other Columbus has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, and 1 out of 5 children do not have enough food to eat. Our schools and our neighborhoods are segregated by race and income.

Our democracy is broken at every level. Even locally, most decisions that directly impact our lives are made behind closed doors by a handful of wealthy developers and corporate elites who put their own interests over the needs of families and communities in Columbus. If we want to live in a city that centers the health, safety, and well-being of all residents, we need to take back our city and take back our democracy. Together, we can transform our democracy and get big money out of politics, starting right here in Columbus.

As your Councilmember, I will work to make our local legislative process more accessible, transparent and accountable. I will advocate to give neighborhoods a stronger voice at City Hall. My vision for Columbus is a city where we commit to 100% clean and renewable energy, because it will help create jobs and boost our economy. I will fight for more transportation options to better connect all of our neighborhoods to education and job opportunities.

Columbus is at a turning point. This campaign is about much more than this election. It’s about building a leader-full movement with the power to shape the direction of our city for decades. Please join me in building something different. Join me in pushing for concrete changes to improve people’s quality of life in 2017 and beyond. I look forward to working with you and with residents all across the city to create a brighter future for our neighborhoods and our city.


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  • Suzanne Lentz endorsed

    “I support Petrik for the People because I share Will's vision for Columbus to be a city where we commit to 100% clean and renewable energy.”

  • Alwiyah Shariff endorsed

    “I support Will Petrik and the rest of the Yes We Can Candidates because I know they will be accountable to the people of Columbus and the community needs. For too long Columbus School board and city council has ignored the best interest of my family and I have felt no control over it. I will vote for the YWC candidates b/c it will be a change from the current tired and entrenched politicians.”

  • Debra Massey endorsed

    “I endorse Will Petrik for Columbus City Council because he will work for all the people in Columbus. It is past time for all neighborhoods to be heard, it is past time for all voices to be heard, it is time for a real Progressive. It is time for Will.”

  • Kayla Merchant endorsed

    “I support Will Petrik because he is passionate about making change for the city of Columbus and making our community a more equitable place for everyone. Will has solid policy proposals with tangible solutions to the problems our city faces. I highly recommend committing to vote for Will in the November general election!”

  • Ernest Whitted endorsed

    “Will has a vision for the city of Columbus where everyone is treated equal. He wants to make sure that people have access to renewable energy, fairer tax rates, increase the minimum wage, better police accountability, and better public transportation. Will Petrik is the candidate and person we need for Columbus City Council.”

  • Kristopher Keller endorsed

    “Will has a vision of Columbus that is inclusive and dynamic. He understands that the ultimate success of our community depends upon taping into the combined wisdom of everyone, especially those who don't currently have a voice at City Hall.”

  • Daniel King endorsed

    “We need a representatives who are connected to the people they represent, who govern with a spirit of service, and who know how to delegate. I think that's Will.”

  • Yoyogirl endorsed

    “I want Columbus to be a city for everyone in which to to thrive!”

  • C. Raphael Davis-Williams endorsed

    “I support Will Petrik because he is a Progressive fighter for the marginalized, forgotten, and overlooked citizens of our Columbus community. Mr. Petrik will stand strong against the current go-along to get-along, status quo steeped, elected city leaders and he will work to elevate everyone rather than the privileged few.”

  • Noreen Warnock endorsed

    “I support Will Petrik because he has a strong sense of the importance of community and aims to work with, not for, community members. He is a leader when it comes to learning from others what might be helpful to all in Columbus. He explores how to turn what he has learned into action.”

February 13, 2017

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Suzanne Lentz endorsed

    “I support Petrik for the People because I share Will's vision for Columbus to be a city where we commit to 100% clean and renewable energy.”

  • Alwiyah Shariff endorsed

    “I support Will Petrik and the rest of the Yes We Can Candidates because I know they will be accountable to the people of Columbus and the community needs. For too long Columbus School board and city council has ignored the best interest of my family and I have felt no control over it. I will vote for the YWC candidates b/c it will be a change from the current tired and entrenched politicians.”

  • Debra Massey endorsed

    “I endorse Will Petrik for Columbus City Council because he will work for all the people in Columbus. It is past time for all neighborhoods to be heard, it is past time for all voices to be heard, it is time for a real Progressive. It is time for Will.”

  • Krista Faist endorsed

  • Roger Doyle endorsed

  • michael Lauletta endorsed

  • William O. Livisay endorsed

  • Kayla Merchant endorsed

    “I support Will Petrik because he is passionate about making change for the city of Columbus and making our community a more equitable place for everyone. Will has solid policy proposals with tangible solutions to the problems our city faces. I highly recommend committing to vote for Will in the November general election!”

  • Ernest Whitted endorsed

    “Will has a vision for the city of Columbus where everyone is treated equal. He wants to make sure that people have access to renewable energy, fairer tax rates, increase the minimum wage, better police accountability, and better public transportation. Will Petrik is the candidate and person we need for Columbus City Council.”

  • Kristopher Keller endorsed

    “Will has a vision of Columbus that is inclusive and dynamic. He understands that the ultimate success of our community depends upon taping into the combined wisdom of everyone, especially those who don't currently have a voice at City Hall.”

  • Daniel King endorsed

    “We need a representatives who are connected to the people they represent, who govern with a spirit of service, and who know how to delegate. I think that's Will.”

  • Debra Seltzer endorsed

  • Yoyogirl endorsed

    “I want Columbus to be a city for everyone in which to to thrive!”

  • Carrie Young endorsed

  • C. Raphael Davis-Williams endorsed

    “I support Will Petrik because he is a Progressive fighter for the marginalized, forgotten, and overlooked citizens of our Columbus community. Mr. Petrik will stand strong against the current go-along to get-along, status quo steeped, elected city leaders and he will work to elevate everyone rather than the privileged few.”

  • Brian Meyers endorsed

  • Kenneth Myers endorsed

  • Alexis Weaver endorsed

  • Jenna Saponaro endorsed

  • Noreen Warnock endorsed

    “I support Will Petrik because he has a strong sense of the importance of community and aims to work with, not for, community members. He is a leader when it comes to learning from others what might be helpful to all in Columbus. He explores how to turn what he has learned into action.”

  • Leo Simpson endorsed

    “Will is a great friend, city leader, activist, and candidate for Columbus City Council. I believe he has what it takes to make the city of Columbus a city for everybody. His leadership with fellow Yes We Can candidate, Jasmine Ayers will revolutionize Columbus for a better future.”

  • Amanda King endorsed

  • Michael Hoza endorsed

    “Will has a strong belief in bottom-up decision making and puts in the effort to meet and speak with members of his community so as to be firmly "rooted".”

  • Laura Elizabeth endorsed

    “I trust Will's commitment to the long-term project of building a more just Columbus for the benefit of all people who live here.”

  • Nicholas Bates endorsed

    “I have known Will for the past five years and he is a man of integrity. I appreciate that he wants to address inequality in Columbus and around the state. We need to promote freedom - freedom from want and fear, and promote freedom to worship and speech. These are things that Petrik makes a priority.”

  • Amy Grover endorsed

  • Charles Lynd endorsed

    “I support #PetrikforthePeople because he is a natural leader. Will is focused on practical strategies to implement a progressive agenda in Columbus. He understands the needs of our diverse neighborhoods, and he is an active listener. I trust him!”

  • Debra Massey endorsed

    “I endorse Will Petrik because he will bring Progressive values and a sense of fairness. He has unquenchable energy and will work for every person.”

  • Dana Miller endorsed

    “I support Petrik For The People because this candidate has the locals' interests at heart, regardless of income, race, gender, etc..”

  • Eric Nutt endorsed