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Portman for Senate Launches African American Leadership Council

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today the Portman for Senate campaign announced its African American Leadership Council, a group that will advise Senator Portman on issues impacting the urban community and will help spread the word on Senator Portman’s policy initiatives to grow jobs and expand opportunities for all Ohioans.

Led by Steering Committee members Jennette Bradley of Columbus, Bishop Timothy J. Clarke of Columbus, Leonard Hubert of Granville, Larry H. James of Columbus, Rev. Dr. Damon Lynch, Jr. of Cincinnati, Rev. Dr. Larry L. Macon, Sr. of Oakwood Village, Rev. Peterson Mingo of Cincinnati, Bishop Marva Mitchell of Dayton, and Rev. Dr. Michael Noble of Newark, the Leadership Council will be an active component of the Portman campaign’s policy team and political strategy and outreach.

“I’m proud to have this group of distinguished community leaders by my side as we work to promote policies that grow good-paying jobs and continue to make progress on reducing recidivism, improving opportunity, and giving everyone a shot at the American Dream," said Portman.

“Rob Portman cares about people of all races, religions, and economic backgrounds, and he is the exact type of elected official we need fighting for Ohio in the U.S. Senate. I like Rob because of what Rob does, I like President Obama because of what he does, and I like people who do the job irrespective of party,” said Rev. Damon Lynch, Jr.

“Rob Portman remains one of the single most effective advocates for policies that strengthen families, communities and institutions in Ohio. I recognize and appreciate his work and wish him continued success,” said Bishop Larry Macon.

Watch the Rev. Damon Lynch, Jr. discuss his support of Rob Portman:

Senator Portman is a leader Congress on efforts to grow jobs and opportunity for all Ohioans while also helping those who have fallen through the cracks. Portman is the author of the Senate Republican Jobs Plan and is a leader in the Senate on drug prevention, prisoner reentry, and using a bottom-up approach to address poverty while making sure our taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.

Portman helped found the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati during his time in Congress and is a leader in the Senate on addressing prescription drug abuse, stopping synthetic drugs, and improving the ability to track prescription drug sales across state lines.

Senator Portman is also the leader in the Senate on efforts to reduce recidivism. Ninety-five percent of people who are in jail or prison will one day be released, but two-thirds of inmates who are released will end up back in jail within three years. During his time in Congress, Portman worked with the late Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) to author the Second Chance Act. Since the Second Chance Act became law, Ohio’s recidivism rate has dropped 10%. Portman is currently working to reauthorize that legislation.

Portman for Senate African American Leadership Council Steering Committee Members

Jennette Bradley – Jennette Bradley served as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 2003-2005 and as Ohio State Treasurer from 2005-2007. Prior to serving at the state level, Bradley also served on Columbus City Council for three terms. Bradley has a distinguished career in the private sector, working as a Senior Vice President, Public Funds Manager for the Huntington National Bank. Before joining the Huntington National Bank, Jennette Bradley was with Kemper Securities as a Senior Vice President Public Finance Banker. Prior to entering the banking field, Jennette Bradley served as Executive Director of the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Bishop Timothy J. Clarke – Bishop Timothy J. Clarke is the Senior Pastor of First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio. Bishop Clarke was called to the ministry in January, 1974 and served as Associate Minister at First Church of God, in his hometown of Far Rockaway, New York. Bishop Clarke began his pastorate at York Avenue Church of God (Warren, OH) in November, 1977; faithfully serving that congregation for four years. In February, 1982, he was called to the Senior Pastorate of First Church of God (Columbus, OH). He was consecrated to the office of Bishop in September, 2001. Bishop Clarke has received several honors and degrees for his service to the church and to the community at large which include: Master in Ministry, (Southern California School of Ministry, Los Angeles, CA); Doctor of Divinity (Mid-America Bible College, Oklahoma City, OK; Doctor of Law, (Southern California School of Ministry, Los Angeles, CA); Doctor of Humanities, (Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH) and Morehouse College Board of Preachers Inductee.

Leonard Hubert – Leonard Hubert is the President and CEO of L. Hubert & Associates, LLC, a professional consulting firm specializing in public policy, community / public relations and government affairs. Leonard has over two decades of dedicated service and experience in public sector administration and public policy creation most recently serving as the Director of External Affairs & Economic Opportunity in the Governor’s Office after serving the citizens of Alabama and Pennsylvania. Leonard has served in a variety of public leadership positions and presently serves as Chairperson for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. He is active in civic affairs of his local community by serving as a board member for the Granville Township Board of Zoning Appeals, Licking County Tax Incentive Review Council, Ohio Cancer Research Associates, Mental Health & Recovery for Licking and Knox counties, Granville Township Open Space and Granville Education Foundation.

Larry H. James – Larry James has been at the heart of the business, legal, civic, and political scene for the last thirty years. He is a respected litigator, as well as an advisor to local and national leaders. In recognition of his many achievements, the law firm changed its name from Crabbe, Brown, Jones, Potts & Schmidt to Crabbe, Brown & James in January, 2001. In 2011, The Ohio State University selected Mr. James as lead counsel to represent the OSU Student Athletes in the NCAA investigations. In 2012, Mr. James and his wife, Donna, were awarded the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus’ Humanitarians of the Year Award. Larry is a current member of the Columbus Ohio and American Bar Associations and past member of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Advisory Committee on Local Rules, Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates and Columbus Bar Association Chairperson Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.

Rev. Dr. Damon Lynch, Jr. – Reverend Damon Lynch, Jr. is the Pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, a position he has held since 1970. Rev. Lynch received his Bachelor of Science from the Cincinnati Bible Seminary in 1973 and his Masters of Business Administration from the Graduate Theological Foundation at Notre Dame in 1991, where he was voted Class Orator. Rev. Lynch is a former president of the Baptist Ministers Conference.

Rev. Dr. Larry L. Macon, Sr. – Dr. Larry L. Macon, Sr. is the anointed Senior Pastor of the Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood Village, a Suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, where he has served since 1980. For the past 31 years he has been a preacher, teacher and civic leader of the community. Dr. Macon’s ministry focus has been on the family and has specialized in the study of African American males in the areas of spiritual, personal and transformational growth. With two morning services, a membership of 5,000 and with 25 ministries in operation, and being led by God, Mt. Zion has become one of the leading churches in the Greater Cleveland community.

Rev. Peterson Mingo – Reverend Peterson Mingo grew up in Cincinnati as one of twenty-six children. He served his country in the Marines and has gone on to serve his community in many ways. In addition to his work at Christ Temple Baptist Church in Evanston, he is a stalwart volunteer. In 1993, Pastor Mingo started the Evanston Youth Athletic Association and continues to be a champion for bettering the lives of youth in the Cincinnati area. Pastor Mingo is also a board member of the Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati, helping to prevent substance abuse from spreading throughout southwest Ohio.

Bishop Marva Mitchell – Bishop Marva Mitchell is the pastor and co-founder of Revival Center Ministries International. She pastored with her husband for 20 years before he went home to be with the Lord in 1998. They co-founded Project Impact-Dayton, which is a national award winning agency that works with children and their families; she also founded Love School, a Saturday program for inner city children. She travels in Kenya, Egypt, Mexico and India holding leadership conferences. She oversees a fellowship of churches called God's WILL, and teaches church agency development across the nation. Her love and compassion for the lost, moved her to write a book entitled It Takes a Church to Raise a Village in hopes that others will begin to Raise their Villages.

Rev. Dr. Michael Noble – Rev. Dr. Michael Noble is a senior pastor, author, and founder of Shiloh Holistic Opportunity Programs. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to improving the lives of the residents of Newark who have recently been incarcerated or are struggling with substance abuse issues. Noble served as pastor in churches from Connecticut to Chicago, where he spent nearly 20 years before accepting the call to return to his home church, and has served as senior pastor of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Newark since 2012. He serves as director of the Ohio Baptist General Convention Housing Board and sits on the board of directors for the National Baptist Convention Housing and Economic Development Commission. Noble is a member of the Columbus Baptist Pastors’ Conference and Vicinity and the Baptist Ministerial Alliance of Columbus and Vicinity.

Portman for Senate African American Leadership Council Members

Ted Adams - Columbus

Apps Akpofure - Columbus

Brian Barnes - Cleveland

Paul Booth - Cincinnati

Terry Boyd - Columbus

James “Jim” Brady – Shaker Heights

Kacy Bullard - Columbus

Josh Burton - Cincinnati

Rev. John T. Coats, II - Columbus

Rev. Henry F. Curtis, IV - Cleveland

Ron Dumas – Cincinnati

James Ervin, Jr. - Columbus

Ebony Grantonz-Curtis - Cleveland

Austin Harris - Wilberforce

Mark Hatcher - Columbus

Stanley Jackson - Marion

Brian Jarvis - Cincinnati

Jack Marchbanks - Columbus

Darryl McNair – Cleveland

Ruth McNeil - Columbus

Clarence Mingo - Columbus

Jeffrey Pastor - Cincinnati

Cliff Porter – Toledo

Denise Robinson - Columbus

Jan Scotland - Toledo

Dimitrious Stanley - Columbus

Ibrahima Sow - Columbus

Jesse Thomas - Columbus

Ronald C. Todd, II - Dayton

Stacey Polk - Cleveland

Anthony Whitmore - Dayton

Charlie Winburn - Cincinnati

Tracey Winbush - Cleveland