Reynolds, Michele

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State Senator
Political Affiliation:
(614) 348-6596
Business Owner
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice- Univ. of Cincinnati; Master of Arts in Public Administration and Urban Studies; Master of Law- Wealth Management & Taxation- Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Doctor of Business Administration (All but dissertation)- Northcentral University; Doctor of Philosophy (honorary)- CICA University & Theological Seminary; Hondros College- Real Estate
Biographical Info:
My name is Michele Reynolds and I am running for State Senate in Ohio District 3. I am a lifelong resident of Ohio. I grew up in Smithfield, Ohio–a small town in Jefferson County. I am a Pastor’s wife, the proud mother of James and Noah, and the daughter and wife of military veterans. My family and I currently reside in Canal Winchester, Ohio where I have the privilege of serving my local community as Madison Township Trustee. I am a third generation business owner, nonprofit CEO, woman of faith, and a proud Buckeye! Uplifting people is the foundation of my life’s work. For the past 25 years of my career, I’ve held leadership positions in local and state government, and the business and nonprofit sector, with a proven track record of success. As a non profit CEO, I have housed over 5000 returning citizens in affordable housing settings across Ohio. As a business owner, I have created more than 200 jobs, 8 successful businesses, and launched a business incubator to support the needs of entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners in Central Ohio. As an elected official, I have helped to modernize the way we do business in local government, increase fiscal transparency, secure grant funding, increase revenue and decrease expenses, save taxpayers $, increase public safety, and improve community relations by forming a Citizens Advisory Committee and At-Risk Resident Registry. As a faith leader, I have helped over 250 non profit organizations secure more than $40 million in state funding to help continue their mission and build organizational capacity.
I am an addictive problem solver and experienced leader with a track record of proven results. My mission is to ensure that Ohio families have a protected path to prosperity that will help them actualize their version of the American dream. My goal is to help eliminate barriers threatening safety, security, and sustainability of all Ohioans. It's time for a seat change because when it comes to public service, RESULTS MATTER!! The people of District 3 deserve a leader that is responsive, works hard, and is at the table finding solutions to our biggest problems. We need an economy that is stable, housing that is affordable, and businesses that are profitable. I am the right leader for the job!


Response Legend

  • YYes
  • NNo
  • Declined to Respond/Undecided, Position Unknown/Unclear
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Should homeless and domestic violence shelters be required to allow biological men who identify as women to share restrooms, washing quarters, and sleeping quarters with female residents? N
2. Should marijuana be legalized for recreational use? N* Safe work environments are essential to the workforce. I believe in enacting policies that supports employers rights to prohibit marijuana as a recreational drug.
3. Should Ohio allow citizens to conceal-carry firearms without a state-issued permit? Y
4. Should medical professionals be prohibited from prescribing cross-sex hormones and puberty-blocking drugs to minors for the purpose of "gender transitioning?" Y* We must protect our children’s future by not allowing them to make life-changing decisions before they fully understand the permanent implications of the choice to change their gender.
5. Should Ohio enact a "Backpack Bill," ensuring all parents are eligible for taxpayer-funded scholarships or subsidies for their children to attend the school of their choice, including non-public schools? Y* I trust that parents know what is best for their kids. I support the backpack bill to ensure that parents have the right to send their kids to schools that work for their family, whether private or public.
6. Should the death penalty be abolished? Y
7. Should abortion be prohibited from the moment of conception? N* I support innovative health solutions that move women forward. It should be our goal that abortion is rare, safe, and accessible for exceptional cases only.
8. Should cities and other municipalities be prohibited from allowing non-U.S. citizens from voting in local elections? Y
9. Should Ohio legalize euthanasia? N
10. Should judges be required to consider community safety when setting bail for individuals charged with a crime? Y