About Rick

fam2Rick Carfagna was born in Columbus, Ohio, the oldest of Dino and Terri Carfagna’s four sons, and also the first grandchild in his family. At an early age, Rick learned the values of hard work, responsibility, and sacrifice while working in his family’s small grocery business. A lifelong Roman Catholic, Rick attended grade school at St. Paul in Westerville, graduated from St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, and earned his B.A. in Political Science from John Carroll University, where he met his college sweetheart and future wife, Jill.

Following graduation, Rick was accepted into the Ohio Legislative Service Commission’s Fellowship Program and later worked as a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives, where he staffed the House Public Utilities Committee. At the Ohio Statehouse, Rick worked directly on several significant policy matters, including insurance parity for mental illness and the creation of natural gas aggregation which allows local governments to negotiate lower rates for residents and businesses.

In 2002, Rick accepted the position of Government Relations Manager for Time Warner Cable. In addition to overseeing legislative and regulatory issues at the local, state, and federal levels, Rick has served as the company’s primary liaison to over 400 municipalities and townships throughout Central and Southeast Ohio, and has also provided support to over 400 additional local governments in Northwest Ohio.  Rick also represents his company on over two dozen local Chambers of Commerce throughout Central and Southeast Ohio, most notably serving on the Business Development Task Force with the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce. Among his accomplishments, Rick helped expand broadband infrastructure to unserved households, and also coordinated the provision of complimentary video services to scores of K-12 schools, local government facilities, and local first responders.

Despite his success in the private sector, Rick never lost the desire to remain civically engaged. He volunteered his time on Genoa Township’s Road Levy Committee and Police & Fire Levy Committee, and also worked the polls on several election days as a Field Technician for the Delaware County Board of Elections.

readingIn 2009, Rick decided to run for local office and was elected to the Genoa Township Board of Trustees by an overwhelming margin in a crowded field. He later ran unopposed for re-election in 2013, and was selected by his peers to serve as the Board’s Chair in 2011, 2014, and 2016. Rick has represented the Board on the Township’s Tax Incentive Review Council, the Township’s Investment Committee, and on the Delaware General Health District’s Advisory Council.

During his two terms as Township Trustee, Rick has been a champion for several important initiatives. In one of his first acts as trustee, Rick successfully helped resolve a lingering township dispute with the City of Westerville and the Westerville City School District over the township’s TIF (Tax Increment Financing) District. Rick’s efforts led to a joint-agreement that preserved the township’s TIF fund, provided for additional TIF revenue of well over $1.4 million, and secured easements for miles of future pedestrian trails.

In 2014, Rick collaborated with the Ohio Township Association and the Ohio Treasurer’s Office to expand the investment authority of Ohio’s townships. Rick testified in front of the Finance Committees of both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate, and the legislation was successfully enacted. Because of Rick’s involvement, Ohio’s townships now have the ability to invest in municipal bonds, allowing for greater investment returns and maximizing the value of taxpayer dollars.

Most recently, Rick spearheaded township efforts to place electric and natural gas aggregation measures onto the November 2015 ballot. Genoa Township voters responded by passing each measure by 74%, and the township will now potentially realize meaningful cost-savings on utility bills for its residents and businesses.

Rick has long believed in the importance of forging partnerships with other communities to share best practices, realize greater efficiencies, and improve overall quality of life. He was 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 also sits on a coalition of seven area jurisdictions to advocate for the reformation of EMS operations throughout Delaware County. Most significantly, Genoa Township joined with two other townships in 2014 to negotiate a joint-contract for waste removal, securing the lowest rate for trash and recycling services in all of Central Ohio and winning the Green Collaborative Achievement Award from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

Outside of work, Rick has found time to contribute to a number of causes, including co-chairing BalletMet’s Advocacy Committee, serving on assorted teams with the United Way of Delaware County, and cooking at his church’s annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser. He also remains politically active as a longtime elected member of the Delaware County Republican Party’s Central Committee, and has assisted with numerous political campaigns over the years.

Rick and his wife, Jill, are the proud parents of a daughter, Isabella. They reside in Genoa Township and are parishioners at St. Paul Catholic Church in Westerville. In his spare time, Rick enjoys relaxing with his family and friends, is an avid football fan, and also enjoys golf, movies, reading, and cooking.