Daniel Gordon

Gordon’s resignation comes under cloud of accusations

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   After seven years of being the voice of the First Ward, Bowling Green City Council member Daniel Gordon has stepped down. First elected as a college student, Gordon fought for the rights of those often unheard by city government. He worked to improve East Side neighborhoods and to make the city a welcoming place for people of all backgrounds. But he steps down from City Council under a cloud of accusations of sexual assault and rape. Bowling Green Police Chief Tony Hetrick said this morning that his office is looking into the allegations that were reported to the police division by a third party. Hetrick said he could not reveal details. “I can’t comment on an investigation,” the chief said. The person making the accusations has not reported them to police. The accusations were posted on social media, including as comments on the Wood County Democratic Party’s Facebook page. Mike Zickar, president of the Wood County Democratic Party, said he saw the comments last week on the party’s Facebook page. “I notified the police. I felt like they were the people to investigate,” Zickar said. “I felt like that was a serious charge, and the party doesn’t have the mechanisms to investigate,” he said. Council President Mike Aspacher said he was made aware of the social media posts last week, and was aware those were forwarded to the police division. Gordon had one year left on his council term. Council will follow the same process it has in the past to fill vacancies, Aspacher said. Any First Ward resident interested in the position has until Oct. 31 to submit an application to the city. Prior to the next council meeting on Nov. 5, a Committee of the Whole meeting will be held to hear from all the applicants. A replacement will be selected at that time, Aspacher said. Aspacher said Gordon has served the city well during his seven years on council. “He was always eager to discuss issues of inclusiveness in our community,” Aspacher said. Gordon provided a valuable connection between the university and the city, Zickar said. “I feel Daniel brought a real nice link between students and the city,” Zickar said. Mayor Dick Edwards…


Daniel Gordon attends national convention of young elected officials

SUBMITTED BY DANIEL GORDON This past weekend, Bowling Green City Council Member Daniel Gordon met with fellow elected officials and national leaders in Seattle at the 13th annual National Convening of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network. At the convening, which is the largest gathering of young elected leaders in the country, Gordon participated in issue-based training sessions with nearly 100 fellow progressive elected officials from across the nation to learn best practices for community protection and improvement at the state and local level, and create proactive strategies to bring back to all 50 states. Gordon, 28, was elected to City Council in 2011, re-elected in 2013, 2015, and 2017, and has been a member of the Young Elected Officials Network since April 2015. Gordon brought his own unique perspective to the convening, sharing his experience working for social and economic justice in Bowling Green, including his advocacy for neighborhood revitalization and housing equity; enhancing transportation infrastructure, including bicycle lanes; creating more living-wage jobs, restoring local government funding, and ensuring a diversified local economy; investing in more clean and renewable energy sources; and defending local marginalized communities. “It’s remarkable how so many of our challenges in Bowling Green are shared by folks in local governments all across the country,” Gordon said. “I came back to Bowling Green re-energized to work with Mayor Edwards and my colleagues on Council to implement cutting-edge solutions to the policy problems we face here at home.” The Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, a project of People For the American Way Foundation, is the first and only national initiative to provide a network of support to the newest generation of progressive leaders at every level of elected office. Over the last decade, the YEO Network has grown to more than 1,200 members in every state and at every level of office. The YEO Network is a cutting-edge program investing in the pipeline of progressive leadership and building sustained relationships with its members. It provides the resources young elected officials need to effectively impact policy, foster their own development and professional growth, and elevate their voices and their leadership in the broader progressive movement. At the convening, young elected officials discussed policy solutions and were immersed in solutions-based…


Daniel Gordon announces run for state representative

Submitted by DANIEL GORDON Bowling Green City Councilman Daniel Gordon has announced he is filing petitions this week to run for State Representative in Ohio House District 3, comprising Wood County. “Serving on City Council for the better part of a decade has given me a front row seat to see that decisions made by the state legislature have made our lives worse here in Wood County, and I refuse to sit by and watch that continue,” Gordon said. “We deserve better, and I’m going to offer all of us a real choice and a new path.” Gordon singled out the state legislature’s decision to cut millions of dollars from the Local Government Fund — which is vital to ensuring Ohio cities, towns, and villages have the money needed to maintain services — to close a state budget shortfall. Cuts to the fund have forced local communities in turn to cut needed services and raise fees or taxes to protect schools, fire, police, and social and mental health services. Despite state politicians’ promises that these cuts would make the state healthier, Ohio has consistently lagged behind other states in job creation and economic security, and risks another recession. And Gordon says he knows why. “The legislature has been fiscally irresponsible,” Gordon asserted. They can’t fix the roof by knocking out the foundation. They couldn’t pay off the money they lost spending on pet projects and rewarding their corporate friends, so they took our taxpayers’ money instead. And they have nothing to show for it. We got ripped off, and the worst part is they keep doing it. Not on my watch.” “I’m going to get our money back,” Gordon promised. Gordon sees the state government’s funding cuts as a pattern of assault on local communities. “These folks go to Columbus and preach about “small government,” but then go and pass bills to give themselves more power and restrict ours at the local level,” he said, referring to so-called “preemption bills” which demand new restrictions on what mayors and city councils can do in Ohio. “I believe in local control. If I’m elected, we’re going to take back our municipal authority. That power belongs to us, at the local level, where we know best how to…


Daniel Gordon : “It is my honor to continue serving you”

Dear 1st Ward residents and BG friends, Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all of you who supported me in my re-election as your City Councilman and won us our landslide victory on November 7th. It is my honor to continue serving you and working to improve our quality of life. I will not rest until I have done all I can to make sure everyone in Bowling Green feels safe and valued, lives in a strong and vibrant neighborhood, and is free to live their life as they choose. Whether you voted, knocked doors, made phone calls, donated time or money, wrote a letter to the editor, hosted a fundraiser, posted a yard sign, or told your neighbors to get to the polls – thank you. I could not have done it without you, and this victory is as much yours as mine. Again, thank you, and here’s to two more years. Daniel Gordon 1st Ward Councilman Bowling Green  


Linda Lander: Daniel Gordon’s “leadership has been critical in attempts to improve neighborhoods in Ward 1”

Daniel Gordon is seeking re-election as the Ward 1 representative to the Bowling Green City Council. His outstanding record of leadership qualifies him to be the only choice for that elected position. Leadership, commitment to neighborhood revitalization, and dedication to equality and social justice have been hallmarks of Daniel’s work on City Council. He has blended these characteristics in supporting numerous projects to improve the quality of life for all Bowling Green citizens. Daniel’s leadership has been critical in attempts to improve neighborhoods in Ward 1. Central to a quality neighborhood are community resources, including green spaces where families and individuals can gather and participate in recreational activities. One of Daniel’s signature neighborhood developments is Ridge Park, the first public park in the history of the First Ward. He is eager to create another recreational area for children and families in the northeastern part of Bowling Green. Daniel has supported the Complete Streets program which provides safe transportation options for citizens. It is Daniel’s strong sense of equality that drives his efforts to ensure that all citizens in Bowling Green have equal access to city resources and safe transportation. Bowling Green has a need for appealing neighborhoods and quality housing in Ward 1 and throughout the city of Bowling Green. Sixty percent of housing in Bowling Green is rental property. It is important for a community to have an appropriate mix of housing options, particularly to attract new homeowners and families. We want Bowling Green to be a city where all members of the community are afforded quality housing. In addition to neighborhood improvement, Daniel’s leadership has been instrumental in the passage of City Council resolutions to make Bowling Green a welcoming, safe and inclusive community. He has worked with City Council, the Human Relations Commission, community organizations, and citizens to make Bowling Green a city in which all community members feel safe and accepted. In community gatherings, Daniel Gordon can always be counted on for his delivery of a well-prepared, eloquent speech that promotes the essential values of equality and social justice. His dedication is a beacon of hope for the Bowling Green community. I am proud to support Daniel Gordon as the 1st Ward representative to the City Council. Daniel has the leadership,…


Megan Schweitzer: Daniel Gordon is “personable and experienced city councilman”

As election day rapidly approaches, I urge you to re-elect Daniel Gordon, a personable and experienced city councilman who has proven time and again that he gets the job done and gets the job done right. Daniel has been instrumental in a multitude of accomplishments seen around the city in recent years, such as the creation and development of the beloved Ridge Park, the first public park in northeast Bowling Green. Daniel is not afraid to push city officials and even our own governor to get what we, as citizens, deserve. He is a huge proponent of social justice, equality, and inclusivity. Daniel continues to bring us closer and closer to adopting Complete Street policies, which include bike lanes, completed sidewalks, and safer school routes for our children. Daniel believes that everyone has the right to a livable minimum wage and is dedicated to creating more high-paying jobs right here in our city. He supports local businesses and business owners, strengthening our downtown with economic development across the board. Daniel works for all of us, regardless of economic or personal background. If re-elected for another term, there is no doubt that he will continue to rigorously fight for each and every one of us. Please join me in voting Daniel Gordon for 1st Ward representative this November 7th! Megan Schweitzer


‘[Daniel Gordon’s] dedication is a beacon of hope for Bowling Green’ – Linda Lander

Daniel Gordon is seeking re-election as the Ward 1 representative to the Bowling Green City Council. His outstanding record of leadership qualifies him to be the only choice for that elected position. Leadership, commitment to neighborhood revitalization, and dedication to equality and social justice have been hallmarks of Daniel’s work on City Council. He has blended these characteristics in supporting numerous projects to improve the quality of life for all Bowling Green citizens. Daniel’s leadership has been critical in attempts to improve neighborhoods in Ward 1. Central to a quality neighborhood are community resources, including green spaces where families and individuals can gather and participate in recreational activities.  One of Daniel’s signature neighborhood developments is Ridge Park, the first public park in the history of the First Ward.  He is eager to create another recreational area for children and families in the northeastern part of Bowling Green. Daniel has supported the Complete Streets program which provides safe transportation options for citizens.  It is Daniel’s strong sense of equality that drives his efforts to ensure that all citizens in Bowling Green have equal access to city resources and safe transportation.   Bowling Green has a need for appealing neighborhoods and quality housing in Ward 1 and throughout the city of Bowling Green.  Sixty percent of housing in Bowling Green is rental property.  It is important for a community to have an appropriate mix of housing options, particularly to attract new homeowners and families. We want Bowling Green to be a city where all members of the community are afforded quality housing. In addition to neighborhood improvement, Daniel’s leadership has been instrumental in the passage of City Council resolutions to make Bowling Green a welcoming, safe and inclusive community. He has worked with City Council, the Human Relations Commission, community organizations, and citizens to make Bowling Green a city in which all community members feel safe and accepted.    In community gatherings, Daniel Gordon can always be counted on for his delivery of a well-prepared, eloquent speech that promotes the essential values of equality and social justice.  His dedication is a beacon of hope for the Bowling Green community. I am proud to support Daniel Gordon as the 1st Ward representative to the City Council.  Daniel has…


Marissa Garrett: Gordon “is an authentic, strong leader who has fought proactively for change in our community”

I am writing to encourage those in the 1st Ward to re-elect Councilman Daniel Gordon to City Council. I will be voting to re-elect Councilman Gordon for numerous reasons. Daniel is an authentic, strong leader who has fought proactively for change in our community. Daniel truly wants the best for our Bowling Green community, and has fought to defend our city against budget cuts that would have taken our resident’s hard-earned money elsewhere. He has created more jobs that pay a living wage so that people of all ages and backgrounds can comfortably live in Bowling Green. Councilman Gordon is a consistent advocate for shopping local, and promotes our local businesses that make our downtown what it is today. Daniel cares about our city and wants to make sure that it is a safe and pleasant place to live, not only for permanent residents, but for student residents as well. Councilman Gordon makes sure that our neighborhoods are safe places to live by working to create safer routes to school for children, installing bicycle lanes, and improving our sidewalks. Daniel also led the creation of Ridge Park, which is the 1st Ward, or Northeast Bowling Green’s first park. Daniel works hard for all of us, no matter who we are, or what our views are. He is a consistent, hard-working leader that if re-elected, will continue to make great improvements to Bowling Green. Daniel listens to ideas and suggestions, and has made serious changes to Bowling Green during his six years on City Council so far. Once again, I will encourage you to join me in voting to re-elect Councilman Gordon on November 7th, or by voting early.   Marissa Garrett Bowling Green


Hannah Lanfear: Gordon has worked to make BG an inclusive city

I am writing to encourage other members of my Bowling Green community to vote to re-elect Daniel Gordon for City Council. Daniel has served on City Council for six years and has shown that he is authentic, has a strong work ethic and practices good judgement. He has an incredible track record of fighting for policies and projects that make Bowling Green an inclusive city, where all people, of all backgrounds can feel safe. He has authored legislation aimed at  protecting all citizens from discrimination and hate crimes. Additionally, Daniel has been working and would like to continue working hard with neighborhood revitalization. He has been a part of raising housing stock and property values, especially on the east side, and would like to strengthen the Community Action Plan to continue these efforts, if re-elected, with an overall goal of having housing in Bowling Green that is safe, affordable, and of good quality. Finally, Daniel represents BGSU students, as well as permanent residents. He has made much effort to bridge the gap between the students and permanent residents and will continue doing so, if re-elected. He strives to support local businesses and bring more jobs to Bowling Green that pay a living wage. He would also like to add bike lanes to make it safer for students and families to get to class and travel through the city. With all of this said, I highly encourage Bowling Green residents to vote early or on November 7 in support of Daniel Gordon so we can continue making Bowling Green a fun, safe and inclusive city for all residents.   Hannah Lanfear Bowling Green


Les & Sue Barber: Daniel Gordon is “a consistent, reliable voice on Council for progressive and humane values”

We write to urge our neighbors in Bowling Green’s First Ward 1 to vote for Daniel Gordon in the up-coming City Council election.  Daniel has been a consistent, reliable voice on Council for progressive and humane values, as well as for nuts and bolts issues important to our Ward, during the six years he has already served.  We believe that in his next term of office he will continue to be an active supporter of proposals to reestablish the integrity and well being of older neighborhoods, like ours, in Bowling Green.  Thus, his continued presence on City Council is vital to fulfilling the wishes and needs of citizens in our Ward.  Please vote for Daniel Gordon on Election Day in November.   Les and Sue Barber Bowling Green 


Daniel Gordon finalist for national NextGen service honor

Bowling Green City Councilor Daniel Gordon is a finalist for a NextGen Public Service Award. Gordon was nominated in the NextGen Courageous Champion Award category. According to NextGen: “This award recognizes a public servant that is blazing the path for their generation in government with courage and determination at the local, national, or international level.” Gordon, who is in his third term representing the First Ward on city council, is among 30 finalists selected in five categories. Each of the finalists will be recognized at the Next Generation of Government Training Summit on July 27-28 in Washington, D.C. According to NextGen: “Public servants make a difference and we are happy to give them the support they give to so many of us.” On its website NextGen Government is described as a movement that “educates, inspires and promotes innovation and positive growth for government.” For the full press release visit: https://www.nextgengovt.com/nextgen-general/2017-nextgen-public-service-award-finalist#.WVAE5pD71AU.twitter


Gordon signs letter decrying anti-Muslim bigotry

Submitted DANIEL GORDON Bowling Green City Councilman Daniel Gordon has joined more than 500 elected officials from across the country in signing an open letter condemning bigotry and anti-Muslim hate, and pledging to support Muslims and immigrants who have come under attack in their communities. Signers vowed to take action to ensure that the Constitutional rights of all members of their districts are protected and that all residents are welcomed as full members of our community. The letter and list of signatories is available at http://bit.ly/LeadersUnitedAgainstHate. “We must not tolerate or ignore the increasing attacks and threats on Muslim members of our wider community,” Gordon said. “What we’re hearing and seeing from some politicians and others is shameful and fundamentally un-American. It goes against our values of freedom, pluralism, equality, and justice for all. We have a moral responsibility to speak out against this, and reaffirm what we stand for. We are one American family, and we protect all members of our family. That’s who we are as a people.” The letter, signed by mayors, city council members, and state and local legislators, states: “We vow to use our positions as elected leaders to stand up against anti-Muslim bigotry, against xenophobia, against hatred, and against oppression. We vow to promote local laws and policies that advance equity and value diversity. We vow never to use fear as a political tactic and never to succumb to fear as political pressure. We vow to work to fulfill the aspiration of our nation’s founding, in partnership with you, and against all those who would demonize or silence you.” Added Gordon, “Bowling Green, Northwest Ohio, and our nation as a whole are better and stronger when we stand together. We must proactively affirm, not merely tolerate, the diversity of our communities.” In the coming weeks, cities around the country will pass resolutions pledging to combat hatred and anti-Muslim bigotry.