The Columbus branch of the International Socialist Organization has voted to endorse Green Party candidate Bob Fitrakis for Franklin County Prosecutor.
Fitrakis is a long-time Columbus activist whose roots in the community and commitment to his principles make him the only acceptable candidate for this post in a community that is overrun with injustice, discrimination, and corruption.
“Black Lives Matter” has been the slogan of Fitrakis’ campaign, but it is also so much more than a slogan for Fitrakis. Unlike either Republican Ron O’Brien or Democrat Zach Klein, Fitrakis has promised to appoint independent prosecutors to investigate and consider charges against police accused of misconduct or other brutality. This is an essential step toward justice for victims of police brutality in a place with the second highest rate of police shootings-per-capita in the country.
Fitrakis has vowed to stop incarcerating those convicted of drug-related crimes and to turn instead to treatment options. He has promised to advocate for the de-criminalization of marijuana, to set up a whistleblowers’ hotline, to prosecute government officials engaging in voter suppression, and has vowed to fight illegal government surveillance.
After the murders of Ty’re King in September and Henry Green in June, the need for a drastic overhaul of the Franklin County justice system is clear, and a prosecutor with a real commitment to reform would be just one initial but necessary step in that direction. Fitrakis is the only candidate in the race for County Prosecutor who has not only vowed to make the changes activists have demanded, but who has a record as a fighter for the oppressed and disenfranchised that we can trust.