The Highland County Democratic Women will hold their annual Basket Bazaar with a carry-in dinner and auction on Tuesday, May 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Highland County Administration Building.
Guest speaker will be candidate for state treasurer Rob Richardson. Also attending will be John D. Knauff, candidate for Highland County commissioner and possibly Jill Schillerand Janet Everhard, candidates running for Congress, 2nd Congressional District; Justin Grimes, candidate for state representative 91st District; Scott Dailey, candidate for state senate, District 17.
Meat, drinks, and table service will be provided. An auction will be held with John Knauff as auctioneer. The public is invited.
In a press release, Rob Richardson is described as “an active leader in his community while safeguarding citizens’ money and investments.” In 2008, he was appointed by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to serve on the board of trustees at the University of Cincinnati, his alma mater. A former electrical engineering major and law student, Richardson made his mark at the university as founder of the first collegiate chapter of the NAACP in Southwest Ohio.
Over the next nine years Richardson helped UC grow to the second largest university in Ohio, eventually becoming chair of the board. Along the way he established the UC Scholars Academy for students in the Cincinnati Public School District, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for student scholarships, led the search for president Dr. Neville Pinto, and founded the 1819 Innovation Hub where students, faculty, and staff collaborate with entrepreneurs, startups, and others in the private sector.
“Richardson led the university in a fiscally responsible way, while also making strategic investments that led to unprecedented growth,” according to the release. “The university maintained cash reserves of over $200 million as it grew throughout Rob’s tenure. In 2013 it was ranked as the top educational investment in the nation by PolicyMic.”
Currently, Richardson is a marketing construction representative and an attorney with the law firm Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, where he specializes in securities litigation. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and JD, both from the University of Cincinnati.
For more information, contact Jolene Walker, president, Highland County Democratic Women, 937-393-4716.