Chris Redfern has been winning campaigns for more than 30 years. His first was helping Lee Fisher win a hotly contested race for Ohio Attorney General by a mere 1,234 votes. And in his latest campaign, Chris advised the campaign of Mike Stinziano for Franklin County (Ohio) Auditor, capturing the largest auditors’ seat in Ohio for a Democrat for the first time in 80 years.
Chris was the most successful Democratic Party state chair in Ohio’s history during his recent 10-year tenure. Under his leadership, Democrats captured the governor’s office, attorney general, treasurer, secretary of state, a majority in the state house, to name but a few. Chris also played a key role in helping US Senator Sherrod Brown and President Barack Obama win Ohio twice. He raised more money and won more elections than any chair to date.
In addition to helping great candidates win tough races, Chris has also won a few races of his own. He served as an Ottawa County Commissioner for two terms and was elected to the Ohio House five times. He is a graduate of BGSU and currently lives in Marblehead, where he owns and operate an inn and winery.
Rachel Rossi just finished managing the finance effort of Rich Cordray for Governor, where she helped the campaign raise more than $15M. Rachel assisted in building a base of support for the Cordray campaign in excess of 25,000 individual donors and 400 political action committee donors. And as part of the coordinated campaign in Ohio in 2018, Rachel raised another $2M in resources.
Rachel has extensive experience in fundraising for both candidates and organizations, thanks to her previous role as finance director for the Ohio Democratic Party. While at the party, Rachel helped raise $20M over a period of three years, successfully implementing a small-dollar donor program (which has since benefited similar organizations across the country) and coordinating a network of high-dollar donors who are prepared to support people and efforts that embody Democratic values.
Rachel Rossi grew up in New York state, where she graduated the State University of New York in Oswego. She began her political career in New York as well, working on several congressional races before moving to Columbus, Ohio, where she now lives with her loving boyfriend and two happy dogs.