COLUMBUS - Today, at a press conference in Columbus, We Are Ohio released its first set of preliminary data from the field regarding the total number of petition signatures gathered thus far.
"We are pleased to report 214,399 signatures have been collected in the first month," said Melissa Fazekas, spokeswoman for We Are Ohio. "The unprecedented level of support from communities all across the state is staggering. While we continue to struggle to keep up with demand for petitions, we know this campaign is a marathon, not a sprint. We believe these early numbers will only serve to motivate our supporters to collect more signatures to ensure we reach the threshold of 231,149 valid signatures."
We Are Ohio also shared three personal stories from the ground about Ohioans gathering signatures in Cleveland, Columbus and Wooster. In Cleveland, a man who has a hot dog cart and sells hot dogs in downtown Cleveland is also asking his customers to sign the petition to protect workers' rights. In Columbus a school teacher signed up nearly 700 people at the Race for the Cure, adding to the nearly 4,000 total signatures she has personally collected. And, in Wooster more than 700 people signed the petition at a drive thru event.
We Are Ohio has more than 10,000 volunteers on the ground in communities all across Ohio. Petitions have been out for three weeks today. The deadline to submit the signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State is June 30.
We Are Ohio is a citizen-driven, community-based, bipartisan coalition that has come together to repeal SB 5, the unfair attack on employee rights and worker safety. We Are Ohio includes public and private sector workers and employees, police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, pastors, small business owners, Republicans and Democrats, local elected officials and business leaders, students, Moms, Dads, family members, and your neighbors.