I must dare, whether I succeed or fail
– Euripides, Hecuba

The One Ohio Petition Project

Want to change the world?

Our mission at One Ohio is precisely that. 

With everything we do, we aim to make a better future for all mankind, starting in the greatest state in the world. We will challenge the establishment and rebel against the status quo. We will think differently and give people an opportunity to create a better, more hopeful future. We don’t have all the answers, but at least we are giving it our best shot. And we are giving Ohioans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to decide what kind of future to build. 

One Ohio is creating an innovative new process to put one hundred items on the ballot by collecting signatures through grassroots support. One Ohio does not represent any political party. Instead, we include these one hundred items from across the entire political spectrum, from the very minor to the incredibly ambitious. By placing these items on the ballot, the people of Ohio take power away from the lobbyists and special interests in deciding our laws, and allow us Ohio voters to decide for ourselves.

You won’t agree on many of the issues, and you shouldn’t. Not all of these ideas should become laws. Some may sound outlandish or expensive. But the important thing to remember is to put them on the ballot in the first place and give the people of Ohio the ability to decide for themselves. 

There are a lot of reasons why we may not succeed. Our message might not break through the constant stream of sensationalist, partisan outrage infecting our 24/7 news networks and social media landscapes. Instead of falling in love with One Ohio, people may simply find a handful of items that they are outrageously offended by and trash the whole project. Deep-pocketed corporations, special interests, and lobbyists threatened by these ideas may unleash the most ruthless and immoral attacks against us, salting the fields of our public discourse so that no such ideas ever arise in Ohio again. Or, quite simply, the people of Ohio might decide that they are content with the status quo, not ready for history-making change.

Here at One Ohio, we believe in Ohio. We believe in Ohioans. We believe in each other. 

We believe that we Ohioans will embrace history, opportunity, and the chance to cement our legacy. Our history is greatness. The most Presidents. The most Astronauts. Neil Armstrong – the first Man on the Moon. The Wright Brothers – the first in human flight. We are among the greatest inventors (Thomas Edison, Garret Morgan), the greatest athletes (LeBron James, Jack Nicklaus, Cy Young, Stipe Miocic), the greatest leaders in war (Tecumseh, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman), the greatest comedians (Dave Chappelle, Bob Hope) and countless actors, singers, and writers. We created the National Football League, coined ‘Rock and Roll’ and are home to both of their Halls of Fame. We have world-renowned orchestras, museums, beers, sports teams, and roller coasters. We built the first automobile in America, the first airplane in the world, and invented the cash register, the vacuum cleaner, and the traffic light.

Ohioans also fight for what’s right. After the Revolutionary War, Ohio was settled by the veterans who put their lives on the line for a more perfect union. In our early ugly history of slavery, Ohio stood as the beacon of progress, prohibiting slavery as a first principle, first in the Northwest Ordinance and then in the Ohio Constitution. Ohio’s John Mercer Langston became the third African American ever elected to public office. Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown were instrumental in the abolition of slavery, along with the countless Ohioans who were part of the Underground Railroad and who fought and died in the Civil War on the side of freedom and justice for all. We also fought for women’s rights, with Ohio’s Victoria Woodhull as the first woman ever to run for President of the United States and Ohio’s Florence Ellenwood Allen as the first woman ever elected as a judge. We fought for suffrage and for equal rights. We fought for justice and civil rights. In looking at the arc of American History, it often bends from the blood, sweat, and sacrifice of those Ohioans who came before.

So what do we do now?

We seize the opportunity to become One Ohio. But what does that mean?

It means we are willing to stand up as One people and say enough is enough. It means we are tired of the deep-pocketed lobbyists and special interests controlling the levers of power. It’s time for a change. It’s time for optimism. It’s time for building the future.

We will make Ohio Number One. Number One in Jobs. Number One in Innovation. Number One in Education. Number One in Science. Healthcare. Entrepreneurship. The Environment. The Press. Good Governance. Freedom. Fairness. Justice. And so much more. 

We will help Ohioans recognize that we are One people. We are more alike than our politics suggest. We can love One another. We can listen to One another. We can talk to One another, even when we disagree. Especially when we disagree. We are on One team. We have One mission. We are One Ohio. 

Now, we will ask again.

Want to change the world?

James Michael Kenney-Prentiss

James Michael Kenney-Prentiss created One Ohio because he wants to save the world.

James loves Ohio. He loves our history, our culture, and our people, but he understands that our current political climate is broken, divisive, and in need of change. James built One Ohio to be that change. James is optimistic in this risky challenge to the status quo. He believes that the people of Ohio will cast aside the passions of partisanship and come together under the banner of our shared humanity, inspired by the better angels of our nature, as One Ohio.

James is currently an Officer in the Marine Corps Reserves and has served both domestically and abroad. James’ status as a Marine, along with any public photographs in uniform, does not imply endorsement by the Department of Defense or the Marine Corps.

James is a graduate of Columbia Law School and is a member of the Ohio Bar. James also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from West Virginia University, with minors in English, economics, political science, and political theory. James was raised in a suburb of Cleveland and graduated from Valley Forge High School.

Tess Cardoza-Hawk

Tess Cardoza-Hawk is part of One Ohio because she wants to help and empower the marginalized.

Tess believes that all Ohioans deserve to be heard and supported, especially the voices most often silenced, overlooked, or ignored. Her passion in helping our most vulnerable people led her to join One Ohio. In giving all people of Ohio a voice through the petition process, Tess is excited to create a better future for all.

On top of One Ohio, Tess is an Assistant Director of Residential Communities at Kent State. She not only helps manage the university’s residential program, but also dedicates her time to helping those in crisis situations, such as sexual assault, suicide, and alcohol abuse. Tess is a staunch advocate for LGBTQ+ rights for her students, the university, and the state of Ohio.

Tess holds a Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Baldwin Wallace University, along with minors in Adolescent Young Adult Education and Communication Studies. Tess is certified in QPR Suicide Prevention Training, One Student Sexual Assault Prevention, and is certified as a Level 1 Title IX Investigator.

Jen Bianco

Jen Bianco is part of One Ohio because she wants to connect and grow all people in Ohio.

Jen’s life has been a journey of supportive relationships and positive growth. Jen loves the idea of One Ohio because it allows the people of Ohio to come together and decide on our own future. She believes that we have the potential for great things, if only we were given the chance to come together and grow together. Jen knows that One Ohio is that once-in-a-lifetime chance. 

On top of One Ohio, Jen is a realtor and works in the Greater Cleveland area. She’s passionate about building relationships with her Ohio neighbors to help them find new homes to better their lives.

Jen is currently pursuing a degree in Business Technology from Cuyahoga Community College. She is a graduate from Valley Forge High School. Jen also holds a certification in Master Recycling and volunteers with the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.

The One Ohio Petition Project is a charitable organization within the meaning of Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. The One Ohio Petition Project is formed to operate exclusively to promote social welfare to benefit the community and the state of Ohio within the meaning of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code by furthering the common good and general welfare of the people of the State of Ohio through civic betterment and social improvements. The One Ohio Petition Project was organized in light of Ohio Revised Code 3519 in furtherance of the common good and general welfare of Ohio by disseminating, collecting, and submitting signed petitions according to the Ohio Revised Code. The designated committee per the rules under the Ohio Revised Code 3519.02 are concurrent with the three members of this organization. The members of this organization are James Michael Kenney-Prentiss, Jennifer Bianco, and Tess Cardoza-Hawk.