Columbus REALTORS® Endorses Columbus City School Board Candidates

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Good schools equal good neighborhoods and good neighborhoods equal higher property values.

Ben Tyson, Mary Jo Hudson, Tina Pierce and Eric Brown are candidates for Columbus City School Board who have been endorsed by the Columbus REALTORS® Board of Directors based on their vision to strengthen Columbus City Schools and our community.

Schools are the heart of communities, and few public policy decisions are more fundamental to the health and well-being of our communities than those governing structure and funding for basic education. Columbus City Schools is at a turning point, a turning point in the right direction; a path forward. With your help and ours, we can help Dr. Dan Good and his team continue the path towards quality education. 

As the voice for real estate in central Ohio, with the belief that strong schools make strong neighborhoods, and strong neighborhoods strengthen property values; after careful deliberation our Columbus REALTORS® Board of Directors voted to support Ben Tyson, Mary Jo Hudson, Tina Pierce and Eric Brown.

Everyone wins with quality education and we urge you to support candidates who will continue to make a positive change for Columbus City Schools, our kids, our community and our neighborhoods.

Vote Tyson, Hudson, Pierce and Brown for Columbus City Schools Board of Education.

Mary Jo Hudson

Mary Jo Hudson currently serves as an Attorney at Law at Bailey Cavalieri LLC. Mary Jo practices in the areas of insurance regulatory compliance, health care law and general business matters.

Mary Jo represents clients on regulatory matters before executive branch regulatory agencies, as well as general corporate matters, for insurance and other financial service companies, health care and general business clients. Her practice includes a special focus on unclaimed property and market conduct audit defense of life insurance companies addressing potential death claims.

Mary Jo recently completed four years of service as the 46th Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance and Cabinet member to Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. As Director, Mary Jo served as the Chair of the Ohio Health Care Coverage and Quality Council, as Chair of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission, and on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Mary Jo also served on Columbus City Council from 2004 to 2007.

Prior to her service with the Department, Mary Jo practiced with Bailey Cavalieri since its founding, focusing on insurance regulation and liquidation law, consumer finance and retail law compliance, unclaimed property planning and reporting, commercial lending, state and federal advertising law, and general corporate matters. From 1989 to 1995, Mary Jo worked as an attorney with the Ohio Department of Insurance and as General Counsel for the Office of the Ohio Insurance Liquidator.
Tina Pierce

A life-long resident of Columbus and proud product of Columbus City Schools (CCS), Tina is invested in the success of our students and schools. She is an involved mother of four CCS students. Tina currently serves on the site-based councils for Clinton Elementary School and Dominion Middle School, lead Girl Scouts Troop 2404, and co-coach the Clinton Elementary Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Club.  Tina also serves as an educator with more than 10 years of teaching, research, and advising experience in higher education. She has an immense amount of knowledge about educational policy, given her research on CCS.

Tina earned four degrees from The Ohio State University, with the most recent being my Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science. She has also served as a board member for Kids Voting Central Ohio, Ohio Health Care Federal Credit Union, and Volunteer Administrators’ Network. I am also a founding member of the United Way of Central Ohio Women’s Leadership Council. 

Eric Brown

Eric Brown, former Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, has spent his career in public service focused on protecting our community and families.  For more than 30 years, Chief Justice Brown has demonstrated his passion for serving the community, based upon values derived from his parents and his Jewish faith.  He has had broad and extensive experience, from owning his own businesses to serving as a school board member to presiding over the busiest courts in our state.  As a former Ohio Assistant Attorney General, Chief Justice Brown fought to protect consumers from fraud and to protect children and minorities from tobacco marketing.

Chief Justice Brown started his legal career engaged in a private law practice in his hometown of Cleveland, handling a wide variety of legal matters in both a small firm and solo practice. Not only did he handle civil and criminal litigation, but he also handled business, real estate, and probate law matters. Chief Justice Brown was one of the first lawyers in Ohio to develop a law practice serving the needs of the elderly and their families.
Chief Justice Brown served for nearly 15 years as an elected public school board member for Mayfield City Schools. For a decade, he served the bar association as treasurer, chair of the budget & management committee, and as an elected trustee. Chief Justice Brown owned and operated several businesses, and was honored by his local chamber of commerce as Business Person of the Year.

Chief Justice Brown also served as the Judge for Franklin County's Probate Court where he presided over the largest single-judge court in Ohio, serving as both judge and clerk of the court, overseeing a staff of 50 employees, including seven magistrates.
Before serving as Probate Court Judge, Chief Justice Brown served as a Judge and Magistrate on the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, General Division where he presided over a large caseload consisting of criminal felony cases, substantial civil disputes, administrative appeals, and a wide variety of other matters, including serving as the probate judge in a significant guardianship case.  As a common pleas court judge, he handled more than 7,300 cases on his docket, nearly 4,400 of those civil and more than 3,000 of those criminal cases.

In June 2009, Chief Justice Brown was named an ASTAR Fellow after completing the two-year Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource program, which is designed to prepare judges to preside over cases involving complex science and technology issues and to serve as a resource to other judges.

Chief Justice Brown's service on judicial related organizations also includes: his appointment to the Ohio Judicial Conference Probate Law & Procedure Committee, his appointment to the Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Practice & Procedure, and his appointment to the Franklin County Criminal Justice Planning Board, which provides oversight for criminal and juvenile justice programs funded through Franklin County.
Chief Justice Brown also served 11 years as an Assistant Attorney General for Ohio Attorneys General Lee Fisher and Betty Montgomery, where he worked as both a lawyer and as a manager. As Assistant and Acting Chief of the Consumer Protection Section, he successfully managed a staff of 70, including lawyers, investigators, consumer specialists, and support staff. As Tobacco Litigation Counsel, he helped lead the largest litigation in Ohio history, coordinating the work of six law firms serving as outside counsel, supervising a core team of eight staff attorneys, and coordinating Ohio's efforts with more than 40 other states.

Brown received a bachelor's degree in history from Cleveland State University in 1975 and a law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1979. Chief Justice Brown shares his passion for public service with his wife of more than 37 years, Marilyn. They are members of Congregation Tifereth Israel in Columbus.

Ben Tyson

Ben Tyson is a lifelong resident of Columbus and a proud graduate of Mifflin High School. Tyson is committed to the Central Ohio Community. He has been actively engaged in community relations for Easton Town Center as Director of Community Affairs since 2004. The Easton Community Foundation (ECF) supports organizations and programs that make Columbus a better place to live, work, and raise a family. In 2012, Easton was the recipient of the Business First Corporate Caring Award for community outreach. Ben has worked with elected officials and community based organizations in developing young men and women to be productive members of society.   The (ECF) is a supporting organization of the Columbus Foundation, whose mission is to broaden the impact of these efforts which are funded by parking meter proceeds at Easton Town Center, as well as contributions from the developer. 

The Foundation’s lists of activities include everything from education to health to civic, with a historic emphasis on women’s and family issues.  One of the primary means of its charitable giving is its Community Outreach Scholarships programs awarded annually to Northland, Mifflin, Fort Hayes, and Gahanna Lincoln. Every spring, two students receive a $2,500 renewable two-year scholarship. To date, the Foundation has given over $380,000 towards higher education. Ben has worked with other organizations as well – from City Year to the King Arts Complex to the Easton Job Fair, held at Hilton Columbus, which celebrated its ten year anniversary in 2014. 

Prior to joining Steiner & Associates, Ben worked at HMS Partners in the Account Service Department where he helped manage Huntington Bank and ONN News Network, as well as pro-bono clients. Ben is dedicated to his community through his service on a volunteer committee for United Way of Central Ohio Resource Development Committee, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army, Jewish Family Services, COLA - Central Ohio Leadership Academy, Africentric Personal Development Shop.  Ben attended Ohio Dominican University and has two children. Brandon, age 21 a graduate of Northland High School is a senior at Georgia State and Amber attends FT Hayes High School, age 17, is a senior at Ft. Hayes Career Center.

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