Opinion: Our state and country need more politicians like David Worhatch

Ryan McCarthy is a sophomore political science major and a columnist for The Kent Stater. Contact him at rmccart5@kent.edu.

Ryan McCarthy is a sophomore political science major and a columnist for The Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].

Ryan McCarthy

David Worhatch is the Democratic candidate for the 37th District of the Ohio House of Representatives. I’ve been interning on his campaign since early September, and through canvassing and phone banking — not just for him but also with him — I have come to the conclusion that he’s the kind of politician this country needs. 

There is a lot of work that goes into running to defeat an incumbent, and while a lot of that work is being done by his campaign manager, staff and volunteers, Worhatch is right there alongside them. When we arrive at his headquarters to make phone calls for him, he’s often on his way out, not to go home, but because he’s eager to personally knock on doors and talk to voters. If it’s raining, he’s glad because that means they’re probably home. 

I’ve also been in the room when he’s making phone calls, and when he does, if a voter is willing to talk, he will outline his issues and spend several minutes with that individual. Worhatch cares about the people he is running to represent, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to put policies into the state legislature that can help the people who need it.

I don’t recall Worhatch ever going to or from somewhere that didn’t involve his campaign. The commitment to his race inspires the rest of his team to do things like put out yard signs until four in the morning or knock on the door with the large dog in the driveway, because he’s somewhere else doing the exact same thing. Worhatch has shown his tremendous work ethic and has proven more than most just how much he wants to win this election; he wants to help the average Ohioan.

His platform is sound: Vowing to protect public workers from losing their collective bargaining rights, and making students a priority for investment rather than the same tax breaks to the same people that get this state and its common residents nowhere.

David Worhatch is a candidate to believe in because he believes in himself, his policies and his fellow Ohioans in a time when money seems to be what most care about. He is working hard on his campaign, and he will work hard in the Ohio House of Representatives.