For too long, a wealthy and powerful few have made us live by their story. They stick bandaids on our city's most pressing issues and call them 'historic reforms'. They turn our neighborhoods into playgrounds for luxury developers and call it 'revitalization.' They pour millions into our local government and call it 'democracy'. 

It's clear that their story was designed to keep us divided. But together, we can create a Columbus of livable wages, safe and stable homes, quality public education and justice for all — and we can do it without the corrupting influence of corporate money.

But first, we need people like Joe with the political and moral courage to take a stand.


Joe's Vision:

Joe believes in a Columbus for the many, not the few. That means a city where the needs of our families and communities come before the interests of luxury real estate developers. As a relentless advocate for working families, Joe is committed to:

  • Getting Big Money out of Politics. Wealthy real estate developers and corporate CEOs are pouring millions into City Hall, and calling the shots on big decisions that shape our future. It's time to acknowledge that high-powered lobbyists and backdoor deals don't make a strong democracy. 
  • Investing in Neighborhoods, Not Millionaires. Over the past 10 years alone, elected leaders have given over $250 million in tax breaks to wealthy developers and corporations. That's money that should be used to support our schools and neighborhoods, not back into the pockets of the wealthy elite. It's time we had leaders with the political courage to make luxury developers pay their fair share.
  • Setting a Standard of Dignity for All. Joe believes that all working families in Ohio's "Opportunity City" should have a guaranteed safe and stable future. That means good jobs with good benefits, quality public education and childcare, housing that's actually affordable and clean air and water for all. It means advocating for a criminal justice system that decriminalizes poverty and holding our police force accountable to serving justice, not violence.


Joe's Story:

Joe Motil is a neighborhood activist, father and union construction worker with a history of fighting for Columbus working families. Son of a union carpenter and a working mother, Joe grew up in Clintonville with his 10 brothers and sisters. Growing up, Joe saw how hard his parents worked to put food on the table, and experienced firsthand how union benefits improve the lives of working families. 

By age 21 Joe had started working a seasonal construction job, raking and jackhammering concrete throughout the city. A few years later he started work as a union laborer for Local 423, where he worked for 25 years before becoming a Construction Safety Manager. In his new role, Joe worked with white, Black and brown union workers  and learned how to successfully advocate for the needs of everyone on his construction sites.

When he wasn't on site, Joe was an active member of a unified University District community. He lived on a block with lifelong residents and neighborhood activists committed to protecting the dignity and integrity of their neighborhood as the city grew. Joe worked closely with his neighbors to advocate for the preservation of their homes, local businesses and shared public spaces and has been fighting for working families ever since.

Joe soon became a regular at City Council meetings. He facilitated conversations between elected leaders and community advocates and lobbied Council members to invest much-needed resources to his neighborhood. Working families were getting priced out across the city, homes were being demolished at an alarming rate and the quality of life in our neighborhoods was in decline. Meanwhile, a wealthy and powerful few were turning neighborhoods into their own personal playgrounds.

It wasn't long until Joe saw that, as long as money was changing hands between Council members and luxury real estate developers, the needs of his neighborhood would continue to be ignored. After Columbus lost another $100 million to luxury real estate developers in 2017, Joe realized he couldn't sit on the sidelines this election cycle. 

As a union leader from a union family, Joe knows how powerful everyday people can be when they come together to make real change. That's why he's running. He made a pledge — no corrupt political machines, no big money PACs and no back-door lobbyists. He's putting all his faith and effort into everyday people, families and communities. 


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    “Joe is one of those rare individuals who is running for office because he truly puts the needs of everyday citizens, workers, the working poor and the homeless above all else. He is the real deal with an activist soul and a fighter’s heart. He’ll stand up for us over party, money and the existing power structure. He has guts, compassion for others and a knowledge of how city government really works.”

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    “Joe is one of those rare individuals who is running for office because he truly puts the needs of everyday citizens, workers, the working poor and the homeless above all else. He is the real deal with an activist soul and a fighter’s heart. He’ll stand up for us over party, money and the existing power structure. He has guts, compassion for others and a knowledge of how city government really works.”