Rabbi Robert Barr Qualifies for Ballot in Ohio’s First Congressional District

Rabbi Robert Barr Qualifies for Ballot in Ohio’s First Congressional District

CINCINNATI – Rabbi Robert Barr, a Democrat running for Congress against Rep. Steve Chabot, officially qualified to be on the ballot after submitting his petition signatures. The Huffington Post has said Barr “could be the first rabbi in Congress.”

After filing the maximum number of signatures allowed, the Hamilton County Board of Elections informed Rabbi Barr’s campaign that he gathered enough valid signatures from Democrats to officially qualify to be on the ballot.

“Thanks to the volunteers who circulated my petitions and the voters who signed them, we gathered three times as many signatures as we needed,” Rabbi Barr said. “Our campaign is about changing our politics, living up to our values and bridging the divide in Washington. Steve Chabot has been in Congress for a long time. It’s time for a change, and qualifying for the ballot marks an important step towards making that change happen. I ask everyone in Hamilton and Warren Counties to help us in this important effort and join our campaign.”

Rabbi Barr recently announced raising $236,000 last quarter, more than Congressman Chabot or any OH-01 Democratic candidate raised in a single quarter since 2010. In addition, he has received prominent local and national support, including major donations from Congressman Steny Hoyer, the House Democratic Whip. Rabbi Barr’s campaign co-chairs are retired Judge Nathaniel R. Jones and community leaders Barb Rinto and Sallie Westheimer.