Our Democracy matters. Countless Ohioans have dedicated and sacrificed their lives to build a more perfect government. As a veteran of three combat tours, I consider it my duty and mission to ensure that our Democracy is worthy of these sacrifices. I am committed to building an Ohio that effectively serves our families, friends, and neighbors. We are capable of overcoming our challenges and building an effective government we can all be proud of. Together we will leave behind partisan bickering and the excessive influence of big money to focus on what truly matters: A government of, by, and for Ohioans.

A Commitment to Service

Nathan Dowds was born and raised in Richland County, Ohio. As the son of a firefighter and a nurse, Nathan was raised to value a life spent in humble service of your neighbors. After graduating high school in Shelby, Nathan enlisted in the Army and became a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. He fought in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2004, and in Iraq in 2003. In 2005 he returned home to Ohio and used the GI Bill to study business at The Ohio State University and then law at University of California, Hastings.

In 2014 he joined the full time staff of Team Rubicon, a non-profit that trains and organizes military veterans to respond in the aftermath of natural disasters around the world.  The organization experienced impressive growth and success due to its simple message of service and servant-leadership. These are the values that motivate Nathan to continue serving his neighbors in the Ohio Senate.

Duty Before Politics

Senate District 3 covers approximately one-third of Franklin County, including: Westerville, New Albany, Gahanna, central Reynoldsburg, Whitehall, Groveport, Canal Winchester, Obetz, Southwest Columbus and the Hilltop.

Nathan’s plan is simple and straightforward – to reject partisan politics and self-interest to focus relentlessly on building coalitions to face our common challenges. We are capable of building a strong economy that works for all Ohioans – an effective and efficient government that Ohioans can be proud of. We can achieve real quality of life improvements and work to build sustainable economic growth, not through tax cuts for our donors, but by addressing the fundamental weaknesses that hold us back. It won’t be easy, but it is how we move past empty political promises and begin lasting success.