Why Rick

As our next State Representative, Rick Carfagna offers well-balanced experience in both the public and the private sectors, including established community leadership, demonstrated accomplishments, peer collaboration, and earned public trust. Here are just a few of Rick’s noteworthy achievements:

 

  • As township trustee, Rick has personally saved taxpayers over $100,000 simply by declining several office benefits including health insurance, a cell phone, a laptop, and other computer equipment.

 

  • Rick initiated and spearheaded Genoa Township’s successful ballot initiative for electric and natural gas aggregation in order to achieve cost-savings on utility bills for residents and businesses.

 

  • Under Rick’s tenure, Genoa Township collaborated with other jurisdictions to secure the lowest rates for trash and recycling services in all of Central Ohio, winning the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s Green Collaborative Achievement Award.

 

  • Rick worked with his fellow trustees to enact Genoa Township’s first ever “rainy-day” fund.

 

  • Rick was directly involved in the state’s enactment of legislation expanding the investment opportunities for all of Ohio’s townships, allowing for greater investment returns and maximizing the value of taxpayer dollars.

 

  • Rick led Genoa Township’s efforts to resolve a lingering dispute with the City of Westerville and the Westerville City School District over the township’s TIF (Tax Increment Financing) District. His work led to a joint-agreement that preserved the township’s TIF fund for economic development and infrastructure needs, provided for additional TIF revenue of well over $1.4 million, and secured easements for miles of future pedestrian trails.

 

  • Rick helped extend broadband infrastructure to hundreds of unserved households throughout the 68th District, including portions of Genoa, Harlem, and Kingston Townships in Delaware County, and Martinsburg, Liberty Township, and Bladensburg in Knox County.

 

  • Through his relationships with local governments across Central and Southeast Ohio, Rick coordinated the provision of complimentary video services to scores of K-12 schools, local government facilities, and local first responders.

 

  • Rick was selected by his peers in 2011, 2014, and 2016 to preside over the Genoa Township Board of Trustees as Chairman. He was also elected by the Delaware County Local Government Association, a consortium of the county’s 28 local governments, to serve as the organization’s first President from 2011 to 2013.

 

  • Rick sits on a coalition of seven area jurisdictions to advocate for the modernization and improved coordination of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations throughout Delaware County.