|Member of the Youngstown Board of Education|
|Assumed office |
|Born||April 21, 1983|
Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.
|Political party||Green (2018–present)|
Democratic (Before 2018)
|Education||Princeton University (BA) |
University of Windsor (LLB)
University of Detroit (JD)
Wayne State University (LLM)
Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute (Semikhah)
|Occupation||Rabbi of College of Wooster |
Political party affiliations
Dario David Hunter (born April 21, 1983), also known as Yisroel Hunter, is an American lawyer, rabbi, educator, and politician. He is considered the first Muslim-born person to be ordained as a rabbi.
Background[edit | edit source]
Rabbinic career[edit | edit source]
Hunter converted to Judaism, first through the Reform movement and then through an Orthodox process. He was ordained as a rabbi in 2012 by the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute in New York City.
Hunter was fired from his position as rabbi of Ohev Tzedek-Shaarei Torah synagogue in after critical comments he made about Israel were published in a Cleveland.com article. Hunter said tat he does "not believe the United States should be providing any form of aid to Israel or any human-rights abusers” and referred to Israel's treatment of Palestinians as "horribly atrocious". The synagogue initially told reporters that his statements about Israel had were unrelated to the firing. The synagogue has confirmed that he was fired because his statements about Israel are not in accord with the views of the synagogue members.
Hunter is a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace. Hunter has made fighting anti-BDS laws a part of his campaign, telling German paper Jüdische Allgemeine, "We will fight the attempt to curtail our rights to freedom of expression through laws that ban the boycott of Israel and the criticism of its human rights violations." 
Political career[edit | edit source]
Youngstown politics[edit | edit source]
Hunter was a Democratic Party candidate for Youngstown City Council in the 2015 primary election. In the 2015 general election, he won a write-in campaign for a seat on the Youngstown Board of Education. In May 2018, he joined the Green Party, becoming the only Green elected officeholder in Ohio.
Hunter has been noted in the media for his outspoken stances on a number of school board issues, including what he sees as the Youngstown Board of Education's responsibility for low scores on state report cards, ethics violations, nepotism, creationism in the curriculum and the general dysfunction of the board.
2020 presidential campaign[edit | edit source]
On January 21, 2019, Hunter announced he was forming an exploratory committee with the intention of seeking the Green Party nomination for President of the United States in 2020. He formally launched his presidential candidacy on February 18, 2019.
Activism[edit | edit source]
Legal actions[edit | edit source]
In 2017, Hunter filed a lawsuit against the Youngstown City School District in the Ohio Supreme Court for failing to provide public records. His request focused on a company contracted to hire principals for the district. The district settled with Hunter, providing the records and paying him costs. Hunter planned to donate the $100 awarded for court fees to the Boys and Girls Club.
In 2018, Hunter sued the Ohio Department of Education in the Ohio Supreme Court for failing to provide public records on an investigation into Youngstown's CEO for alleged inappropriate conduct. The Department of Education settled with Hunter, providing the records and paying towards his costs. Hunter donated the funds to the United Negro College Fund.
References[edit | edit source]
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- Pelzer, Jeremy (February 27, 2019). "Green Party presidential hopeful says he was fired as rabbi because of Israel criticism". cleveland.com.
- PinkFebruary 27, Aiden; Hunter, 2019Courtsey of Dario. "This Rabbi Was Fired And Has No Pulpit, But He's Running For President". The Forward.
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- Oster, Marcy. "Ohio rabbi, Greens president candidate says shul fired him for Israel criticism". www.timesofisrael.com.
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- Oster, Marcy. "Ohio rabbi, Greens president candidate says shul fired him for Israel criticism". www.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
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- "Struthers and Campbell reject incumbent mayors". WFMJ.com. Nov 3, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
- Ohio Green Party 🌻 (May 6, 2018). "Yesterday morning Youngstown school board member Dario Hunter took a primary ballot for the Green Party, becoming the only current elected officeholder to be a member of the Green Party in Ohio".
- "Youngstown Academic Distress Commission begins search for C.E.O". WFMJ.com. Apr 13, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
- "City school board approves administrative contracts, rejects members' pay limitation". The Vindicator (vindy.com). Apr 27, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
- "Youngstown school board member questions legality, ethics of president's, son's votes". The Vindicator (vindy.com). Feb 10, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
- "Adair storms out of Youngstown school board meeting". The Vindicator (vindy.com). May 25, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
- "Video in Youngstown schools' science curriculum espouses creationism". The Vindicator (vindy.com). May 20, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
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- Staff, WKBN (February 19, 2019). "Youngstown Board of Education member announces he's running for president". WKBN. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
- "Lawsuit settled between Youngstown City School Board member, district". WKBN. Oct 19, 2017. Retrieved Jan 26, 2019.
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