A little about me...
I was born the middle of three daughters and then five years later, we were lucky enough to have a little brother, Jeremiah IV. As my grandmother used to tell the story- my father, Jeremiah Patrick O’Connor, was a 7th generation namesake and my brother was the lucky eighth! My parents, Jerry and Bea, raised us in Hudson, Ohio. My father worked for Ford Motor Co. his entire career and my mother was a homemaker, raising my siblings and me. After graduation from Hudson High School and completing my degree in Education at Bowling Green State University, I made the decision to relocate to the Columbus area- and I chose to live and work in a community that is much like Hudson. I chose a community that makes an investment in excellent public schools. I chose a community that values hard work and economic opportunities. I chose a community where neighbors care about neighbors. For me it was an easy choice.
I am married to my wonderful husband, Roger Rabold, born and raised in Dublin, and we have two beautiful young sons – Colin (5) and Reid (3). Roger and I are both teachers in the Dublin City Schools, Dublin Scioto and Dublin Coffman respectively. I have been an Intervention Specialist in Special Education for 19 years and Roger has been a science teacher for 20 years.
As an educator, I have furthered my education and learning by earning a Master of Arts in Educational Administration at The Ohio State University, and currently hold additional licensure for Principal, grades K-12. I have also earned the Master Teacher designation from the Ohio Department of Education.
As a leader in my school district, I have fought for policies and reforms that inspire educators to look at yesterday and ask how we can do this better for tomorrow. As a leader in my local teachers’ association and my involvement in state and national level organizations, I have been active in the policies and reforms that are driving the current educational changes. It is important to Roger and I that our children have the same opportunities that we had- great public schools, economic opportunities, and a government that works for all, not just a few.
Currently, the State of Ohio allows you to support candidates such as myself while also providing you with a tax credit. The Ohio Political Contributions tax credit (Line 55 on your Ohio IT-1040) allows residents to take a dollar for dollar tax credit, up to $100 for joint filers and $50 for individuals, for contributions made to candidates running for State office. If you file jointly and send $100 to Friends of Donna O'Connor, you can reduce the tax you pay to the State of Ohio by $100!
Paid for by Friends of Donna O'Connor
Linda L. Wiget, CPA, Treasurer
5065 Winchell Court Dublin, OH 43017