My name is Oliver Warren and I am running for Wooster Council at-Large.

I currently serve as a social studies teacher at Wooster High School, my alma mater. I was employed immediately after I graduated from the College of Wooster with a BA in Political Science and Education. While growing up and attending school in Wooster, I experienced what it means to be in poverty in our community.

For the past three years, I have been a community organizer and advocate on behalf of the most marginalized, vulnerable, and disenfranchised in our community. I translated my advocacy for the marginalized and working- and middle-classes into my undergraduate thesis on local policies and politics to combat housing issues and poverty. I have led in, founded, and built multiple organizations that have fought on behalf of the people, including: the CommUNITY Coalition, Concerned Citizens of Wayne County, Indivisible Wooster, and the Wooster-Orrville NAACP. In the same span of time, I have participated in multiple campaigns for public office; most recently I served as campaign manager for Kevin Barnet for Ohio.

When I am elected to Council, I will push for affordable housing and equitable development, road and city infrastructure improvement, public transportation, and a minimum wage increase.

I will also work towards transparency, participation, and engagement with folks who have not had the time or privilege to be involved in their local government. I pledge to listen to your concerns and do my best to address them. My office will be open to anyone.

I have been fighting for children and working people my whole professional life. I will continue to do so as your next City Councilman. #WarrenforWooster


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    “I would like to offer my endorsement of Oliver Warren for Wooster City Council at-large I have known Oliver for a number of years, however, it has been in the last 2 years that I have come to know Oliver as a community leader. This young man’s extraordinary character, passion for community service, exceptional leadership qualities, maturity, and ability to work with others, all of which, far exceed those of most individuals, and in my opinion, are the qualities needed by a great City Council member Wooster Ohio is in many ways a lovely place to live. In fact, Money magazine ranked Wooster No. 37 on its 2017 list of the “Best places to live in the United States.” That said, our midwestern community is relatively homogenous in its racial and ethnic make-up, its religious ideologies and its political affiliations. Growing up and succeeding in such a community as a young man of color is no small feat. Many of the challenges he faces are ones I have the privilege of never having to even consider, let alone deal with. Despite these obstacles, Oliver has become an accomplished and well-respected figure in the community. After the last presidential election, our community’s political and social organizations saw an influx of people interested in being more civic-minded and active. Wooster’s downtown has played host to numerous rallies over the last few years related to issues such as women’s rights, immigration, science and global warming, and a Community Rally Against Hate. At the forefront of all of these events was Oliver Warren. New groups like Wooster Indivisible (a political action group) and Concerned Citizens of Wayne County (a group dedicated to bipartisan local community building) have formed during this time, and I have watched Oliver take on leadership roles in both groups. In Indivisible Wooster, Oliver served as the Chair of the Local Group and sat on the leadership committee. He enthusiastically takes on different responsibilities including creating and documenting the different processes a new group or organization needs to become successful. As president of Indivisible Wooster, I have seen Oliver meet volatile situations and, with his quiet confidence and calming demeanor, walked people back from the extremes of emotion to a place where real dialogue can take place. He has an uncanny way of untangling complicated situations and building solutions for himself and others from there. Oliver is also President of Concerned Citizens of Wayne County, which is dedicated to local community building through such projects as neighborhood cleanups and social dialogue. Under his leadership, they held a Woo Talk, a community gathering on issues of the day. The first addressed how to work together in a polarizing political climate. Planning the event meant finding a location, organizing guest speakers, and distributing community invitations. I watched Oliver take the lead as a president should and, even more impressively, delegate responsibilities to people three times his age and hold them to those commitments. The function was so well received that both original speakers agreed to sponsor the event location moving forward. Oliver’s crowning achievement was our CommUNITY Rally against Hate. While demonstrations over the removal of Confederate Statues were exploding in Charlottesville, Virginia, our community found Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers at a local business, and on lawns in the lower income section of Wooster. The local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held a meeting in response to the fliers, where Oliver suggested collaborating with The College of Wooster, Indivisible Wooster, Concerned Citizens of Wayne County, both the Wayne County Democratic and Republican Party Chairs, and several religious leaders to address the situation. At the meeting, attendees decided to organize a demonstration against hate and to promote community diversity and inclusion. Oliver played an integral part in the decision to make the event nonpartisan, with a community-focus. Prior to our event, our small town rally received television news coverage on three Cleveland channels, numerous coverage in the local newspaper The Daily Record, and even the Akron Beacon Journal picked up the story. However with big publicity comes bigger issues like safety. It was Oliver’s calming presence that reassured people of not only the importance of coming out and lending support, but that everything that could be done for safety was done. Although the NAACP led this event, Oliver’s work behind the scenes, and his dedication and attention to detail, helped make the rally the successful, peaceful event that it was. Over 500 people attended and it was Oliver who kicked off the event. His speech engaged the crowd and set the tone for the evening. Nobody can question his sincerity, passion, and potential. I have been so impressed by Oliver that I asked him to be my campaign manager as I ran for Ohio House of Representative for District 1 in 2018, and Oliver proved to be indispensable to me. In Oliver’s own words “We ran a campaign built on decency, inclusivity, fairness, and dignity. We ran to represent you, all of Wayne County, professionally and with honor.” Our small grassroots campaign garnered almost as many votes, in a three way race, as did Richard Cordray for Governor, and Sherrod Brown for Senate received in Wayne County. Oliver is a quality person whose counsel I respect and, despite our age difference, is someone to whom I look for approval, which I hope is the highest praise I can offer to you about Oliver. It is not only my belief that the Wooster City Council would benefit from his hard-fought perseverance and dedication, but Our community itself could not benefit more from a finer young man and an ambassador of good works for his community. It is therefore my honor to endorse Oliver Warren for Wooster City Council at large.”

May 3, 2019

Wow!

$176 on the first day! I am so humbled by your support. 

I'm more excited about our campaign than ever. 

Primary is May 7th! 

#WarrenforWooster

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    “I would like to offer my endorsement of Oliver Warren for Wooster City Council at-large I have known Oliver for a number of years, however, it has been in the last 2 years that I have come to know Oliver as a community leader. This young man’s extraordinary character, passion for community service, exceptional leadership qualities, maturity, and ability to work with others, all of which, far exceed those of most individuals, and in my opinion, are the qualities needed by a great City Council member Wooster Ohio is in many ways a lovely place to live. In fact, Money magazine ranked Wooster No. 37 on its 2017 list of the “Best places to live in the United States.” That said, our midwestern community is relatively homogenous in its racial and ethnic make-up, its religious ideologies and its political affiliations. Growing up and succeeding in such a community as a young man of color is no small feat. Many of the challenges he faces are ones I have the privilege of never having to even consider, let alone deal with. Despite these obstacles, Oliver has become an accomplished and well-respected figure in the community. After the last presidential election, our community’s political and social organizations saw an influx of people interested in being more civic-minded and active. Wooster’s downtown has played host to numerous rallies over the last few years related to issues such as women’s rights, immigration, science and global warming, and a Community Rally Against Hate. At the forefront of all of these events was Oliver Warren. New groups like Wooster Indivisible (a political action group) and Concerned Citizens of Wayne County (a group dedicated to bipartisan local community building) have formed during this time, and I have watched Oliver take on leadership roles in both groups. In Indivisible Wooster, Oliver served as the Chair of the Local Group and sat on the leadership committee. He enthusiastically takes on different responsibilities including creating and documenting the different processes a new group or organization needs to become successful. As president of Indivisible Wooster, I have seen Oliver meet volatile situations and, with his quiet confidence and calming demeanor, walked people back from the extremes of emotion to a place where real dialogue can take place. He has an uncanny way of untangling complicated situations and building solutions for himself and others from there. Oliver is also President of Concerned Citizens of Wayne County, which is dedicated to local community building through such projects as neighborhood cleanups and social dialogue. Under his leadership, they held a Woo Talk, a community gathering on issues of the day. The first addressed how to work together in a polarizing political climate. Planning the event meant finding a location, organizing guest speakers, and distributing community invitations. I watched Oliver take the lead as a president should and, even more impressively, delegate responsibilities to people three times his age and hold them to those commitments. The function was so well received that both original speakers agreed to sponsor the event location moving forward. Oliver’s crowning achievement was our CommUNITY Rally against Hate. While demonstrations over the removal of Confederate Statues were exploding in Charlottesville, Virginia, our community found Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers at a local business, and on lawns in the lower income section of Wooster. The local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held a meeting in response to the fliers, where Oliver suggested collaborating with The College of Wooster, Indivisible Wooster, Concerned Citizens of Wayne County, both the Wayne County Democratic and Republican Party Chairs, and several religious leaders to address the situation. At the meeting, attendees decided to organize a demonstration against hate and to promote community diversity and inclusion. Oliver played an integral part in the decision to make the event nonpartisan, with a community-focus. Prior to our event, our small town rally received television news coverage on three Cleveland channels, numerous coverage in the local newspaper The Daily Record, and even the Akron Beacon Journal picked up the story. However with big publicity comes bigger issues like safety. It was Oliver’s calming presence that reassured people of not only the importance of coming out and lending support, but that everything that could be done for safety was done. Although the NAACP led this event, Oliver’s work behind the scenes, and his dedication and attention to detail, helped make the rally the successful, peaceful event that it was. Over 500 people attended and it was Oliver who kicked off the event. His speech engaged the crowd and set the tone for the evening. Nobody can question his sincerity, passion, and potential. I have been so impressed by Oliver that I asked him to be my campaign manager as I ran for Ohio House of Representative for District 1 in 2018, and Oliver proved to be indispensable to me. In Oliver’s own words “We ran a campaign built on decency, inclusivity, fairness, and dignity. We ran to represent you, all of Wayne County, professionally and with honor.” Our small grassroots campaign garnered almost as many votes, in a three way race, as did Richard Cordray for Governor, and Sherrod Brown for Senate received in Wayne County. Oliver is a quality person whose counsel I respect and, despite our age difference, is someone to whom I look for approval, which I hope is the highest praise I can offer to you about Oliver. It is not only my belief that the Wooster City Council would benefit from his hard-fought perseverance and dedication, but Our community itself could not benefit more from a finer young man and an ambassador of good works for his community. It is therefore my honor to endorse Oliver Warren for Wooster City Council at large.”