Who am I?

Jim Reese was raised by a working-class, single mom in Detroit. Jim graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in music. He then worked his way through Capital University Law School. Jim currently resides in Gahanna, Ohio, with his family.

As an intern with the United States Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the United States Senate Judiciary Committee under Senator E. Spencer Abraham, Jim learned the inner workings of the American immigration system and the faults of American immigration policy. Further, Jim observed first-hand the abyss of committee and the failure of a democratic system wherein good laws die without debate and without a single vote being cast. Jim has protected voter rights as an attorney poll observer. He joined voices with Ohio workers in opposition to S.B. 5 and Issue 2.

Currently, Jim is a small business owner and managing partner at Bogart & Reese LLC. The firm specializes in peoples law including ADA discrimination, employment discrimination, consumer bankruptcy in conjunction with the Legal Aid Society and juvenile defense. Jim is a member of the Columbus Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics.

Why am I running?

Like many small business owners, Jim has a unique perspective on, and understanding of, the challenges facing the American worker. Jim proposes a solution that will benefit American workers by creating good paying jobs and aid small businesses by increasing the availability of credit to expand and increase profit. Jim will work to facilitate public-private partnerships to guarantee that America remains on the leading edge of technology, medicine, renewable energy, transportation technology and local manufacturing.

With the American worker and the American entrepreneur working together, on the fair and even playing field of Main Street economics, we can successfully overcome the current Great Recession in which we find ourselves. Jim is the only candidate working to put these two groups, who constitute the whole of the American economic landscape, in a position to work together towards a mutually-beneficial goal.

My Goals

(1) Ensure that credit is made available to small business owners and entrepreneurs and (2) end the Ocean Freight Shipping Deduction.

My DFA Values

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My Campaign is People Powered!

We are truth-telling and taking our message of "American Jobs, American Ingenuity and American Muscle" to our people, where they live. We are running a people-powered, grassroots campaign by focusing on the message, by recruiting volunteers to carry the message to individuals within our district and by loading up the campaign RV to engage with our people in their communities at local events and celebrations including county fairs, farmer's markets and classic car shows.

Voice support


  • Claire Pollard, OH
  • Sarah Hempel irani, PA
  • Lauren Kinsey, OH
  • Karen Lee, OH
  • Elizabeth Lann, OH
  • Corey Trusso, OH
  • Octavia Reese, IL
  • David Donofrio, OH
  • Carol Mohr, OH
  • Karen Castro, OH
...and 2 more.

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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