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February 27, 2019 at 8:55 am

Alumni News | Columbus City Council Appoints Dorans to Fill Term

Rob Dorans, portrait

Rob Dorans

The Columbus City Council appointed Ohio University alum Rob Dorans ’09 to fill an unexpired term, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

Dorans earned a B.A. in Political Science from the College of Arts & Sciences at OHIO and is the Chief Legal Counsel at ACT Ohio, representing 134 affiliate unions and 14 regional building trades councils

Dorans will fill the unexpired term of former Councilman Michael Stinziano, who resigned Friday as he prepares to be sworn in as the Franklin County auditor next month.

“I think when you look at the growth our city has had in the past decade, that growth has been fantastic for a lot of people, but it’s created a lot of challenges, whether it’s affordable housing or living-wage jobs,” Dorans said after his appointment. “I think that this council and this administration has done a great job on focusing on what those challenges are, and that really drew me to wanting to be a part of that.”

Read more in the Dispatch.

The Dispatch wrote a follow-up feature about Dorans headlined “New Columbus council member Rob Dorans has deep union roots, desire to serve.”

Rob Dorans was born into organized labor.

Dorans’ father went on strike days after his son was born in 1986. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers was seeking better health-care benefits from Toledo Edison at the same time Dorans’ mother was recovering from the delivery….

Connect with Dorans on LinkedIn.

The Columbus Underground also published a Q&A conversation with Dorans.

When you threw your hat in, what issues were you most concerned about in Columbus?

Well, I think right now if you’re looking at a city that has had the growth that Columbus has had over the past several decades, my wife and I are sort of prime examples for that growth. She came for grad school, I came for work, and the city has changed over the past two decades. Unfortunately, that growth hasn’t been shared with everybody.

When you look at it, two out of every three families in the Columbus metro area make less than $50,000. That’s a real problem, and we’ve seen wages stagnate not only in Columbus but across the country. And as a labor lawyer that’s certainly an area that I really believe in and have a lot of expertise in and want to bring that experience to the city.

Read more in the Columbus Underground.

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