Columbus City Council
Will Petrik is progressive advocate and organizer running for City Council on a bold platform of racial and economic justice. As the State Director of Advocates for Ohio’s Future, Will helped build a coalition of over 475 state and local organizations focused on supporting and strengthening communities through state budget advocacy. Because of this work, Ohio expanded Medicaid and over 700,000 people now have access to healthcare coverage.
In 2016, he co-founded Yes We Can Columbus, a grassroots movement of activists, educators, workers and proud community members united around a deep commitment to transform Columbus neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for all residents.
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 in 5 children is food insecure, with schools and neighborhoods are segregated by race and income.
He’s running for City Council because our democracy is broken at every level, and he knows we all deserve better. Even locally, many decisions that directly impact residents are made behind closed doors by wealthy developers and corporate elites who put their own interests over the needs of Columbus communities. He’s running to build a city that centers the health, safety, and well-being of all residents. Together, we can transform our democracy and get big money out of politics, starting right here in Columbus.
Will’s campaign embodies these values by lifting up progressive solutions to Columbus’s problems. He will fight against the over-policing and criminalization of communities of color, advocate for community-oriented policing, and invest in trauma-informed programming. He’ll work to expand quality early learning opportunities to give all of our children a chance to succeed. He supports transitioning to 100% clean and renewable energy to combat the climate crisis, create jobs and boost our economy. He will promote more transportation options to better connect all of Columbus neighborhoods to education and job opportunities.