By Asia Nail
The Truth Reporter
Improving the quality of life for children and seniors for over 20 years, Elgin Rogers Jr., candidate for State Representative to the Ohio House of Representatives, has a respected reputation as a bridge builder. He is a contender who promotes relationships with individuals, businesses and public and private organizations that share a common interest in helping Ohioans.
Nowhere is this more evident than with Rogers’ career in public service. Elgin Rogers, Jr. was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He is a graduate of Jesup W. Scott High School and would later earn both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in political science. His educational training is classically rooted in American government and politics, as well as Management of Urban Government Systems. Rogers credits his educational success to the support of his family, influential teachers, professors, coaches and the Fairside community center in Toledo, Ohio.
Rogers began his career in academia serving on the faculty of various colleges and universities throughout the Midwest teaching American Government and Political Science.
Rogers has been helping Toledo’s youth succeed in school for more than 20 years by providing cultural and political educational enrichment with a down to earth approach. “People say I’m easy to talk to,” shares Rogers. “I do my best to embody a spirit of community and compassion, regularly volunteering to help community members understand how the political process affects every part of their lives in simple language they can understand.”
Rogers can often be found volunteering for various boards and commissions geared towards improving the quality of life in northwest Ohio. As chairman of the boards of directors and as president for regional nonprofit organizations in northwest Ohio, he has helped secure federal and local funding to address issues of poverty, unemployment and education.
Whether you are Democrat or Republican, this is an important year to declare your party affiliation.
The Ohio House of Representatives (Democratic District) seat is elected every two years and works to enact state-wide laws and budgets through the Ohio House of Representatives. The Ohio House works with the Ohio Senate to form the Ohio General Assembly, which is the state’s legislative body. Their responsibilities include passing bills on public policy issues, lowering and raising taxes, and confirming the Governor’s appointments.
“You want an honest representative that can relate to everyday people. That’s what I stand for,” shares Rogers.
On March 16, 2022, the Supreme Court of Ohio invalidated the Ohio General Assembly district plan adopted on February 24, 2022. This is the third time the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the proposed district legislative maps are illegally gerrymandered to favor Republicans, putting the May 3 primary election in jeopardy.
To avert the Court’s contempt proceedings, the Commission has hired map consultants to help with the newest map. In its ruling, the Supreme Court gave the commission until 9 a.m. on March 28 to submit a plan, expected to be on the desk of Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose by March 29.
Voter district information for the Ohio House, Ohio Senate, and State Central Committee will be updated as soon as that information is available.
“I want to make sure Toledoans stay energized to vote amidst this redistricting confusion,” Rogers explains.
“I’m a community village kid and this is OUR campaign. My name just happens to be on the Democratic ballot.”
Rogers is an advocate for those fighting the realities of poverty, unemployment, poor working conditions, and hopelessness. Throughout the community he is known for his ability to address and solve complex problems. He is a good listener who is knowledgeable; having both the heart and the passion necessary to serve the Ohio House of Representatives.
Currently serving as an administrator with the Lucas County Board of Commissioners, Rogers assists seniors, businesses and community members at large in resolving issues ranging from employment and education to real estate, commerce and economic development.
Rogers has served in high functioning roles in government for nearly a decade, as the past Director of Weights and Measures and Educational Outreach for the Lucas County Auditor’s Office. “I’ve been known to help achieve solutions with constituent issues,” shares Rogers — a skill he plans to bring to the State House.
He’s a proven go-getter, notably helping local seniors restore water services to their homes when the government was unable. “I’m running to continue to help the poor and the seniors in our community. My focus will always be on helping the underserved and most vulnerable among us,” says the first-time candidate
Maintaining the public’s trust in its elected officials is one of his first core objectives. Not only is he down to earth, he is also an informed advocate for the people of this Ohio region. “Let’s put the 4 C’s back in government: Community, Compassion, Commitment and Common sense,” he suggests.
“It is a new day – Vote for a better way. Vote for Elgin Rogers, Jr. for State Representative (district tba) to the Ohio House of Representatives.”
If you don’t see Elgin Rogers Jr. on the ballot or to learn more about his campaign call: 419-276-6485.
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES (Subject to change):
April 4, 2022 for the May 3, 2022 Primary Election
July 5, 2022 for the August 2, 2022 Special Election
October 11, 2022 for the November 8, 2022 General Election
You must register or update your voter registration no later than 30 days prior to an election. If you register or update your information after the deadline, the change will apply for the next election.