State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells is currently serving in his first term representing Ohio’s 25th House District, which includes portions of Columbus, Clinton Township and Mifflin Township.
Growing up in the Hough neighborhood of Cleveland, Jarrells saw firsthand the impact a lack of real investment and opportunity has on a community, and after nearly a decade fighting for disadvantaged and marginalized communities in Central Ohio, Rep. Jarrells is committed to reframing the debate in the Statehouse to focus on growing opportunity for all Ohioans not just those at the top.
Jarrells is prioritizing legislation to raise wages, invest in job training and make it easier for Ohioans, especially those in minority and immigrant communities, to start, grow and sustain a business.
In addition, Rep. Jarrells wants to invest in Ohio’s future by expanding early childhood education, improving literacy initiatives, supporting STEM programs for Ohio students, and promoting opportunities in the skilled trades.
A longtime advocate for building better communities. Rep. Jarrells is working together on commonsense legislation to make Ohio a better place to live, work, go to school, start a business or raise a family, including the Ohio Fairness Act, a number of community policing initiatives and measures to improve care and supports for individuals with mental illness and addiction and those experiencing homelessness.
Rep. Jarrells’ previously held positions at the Ohio House during the 129th General Assembly, where he assisted in the fight of the anti-union Senate Bill 5. He has also fought to expand health care access in his roles at the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. In addition, he has served as Political Director for a statewide executive office race and most recently served as Chief of Communications at the Franklin County Treasurer’s Office.
Rep. Jarrells graduated from East Technical High School in Cleveland and earned a degree from Hiram College in Northeast Ohio.