Get to Know Deryck Richardson
Get to Know Deryck Richardson
Tell us a little bit about yourself (i.e. where are you from, where’d you go to school, what you do for a living, etc.)
I was born and raised in Westerville, Ohio and graduated from Westerville South High School in 1999. I’m married with four children and a granddaughter (young parents become young grandparents). I graduated from Ohio Dominican and spent three years teaching General Education, Life Skills and Vocational Skills to High School aged children on the spectrum of Autism. It was a mentally rewarding position, but being that we were a young family and my wife was a homemaker, I had to switch careers. I’m now what they call a serial entrepreneur. I’m the Founder, President and CEO of Richardson Marketing Group, which is a marketing firm specifically designed to increase the customer acquisition efforts of insurance agents. I’m also the co-owner and COO of Freedom Direct, which is a life and health insurance agency. Both businesses operate out of the same office space on Henderson Rd. I am also the Director of Basketball Operations for The Hilliard Optimist Club. In addition to running all basketball related activities for 700 kids each year, I’m also the Vice President of the club and will be sworn in as the President in October.
Why are you running for this office?
I believe things can be done a little better in Hilliard. I’ve always been one that likes to be active in decision making. I think we have a bit of an identity crisis in Hilliard and the ones who are suffering are those on the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder. North Hilliard thinks they are Dublin. If you live on the water, you think you are in Upper Arlington. West Hilliard believes they are in the country. Everyone calls South Hilliard the “West Side.” I think being a minority, who didn’t always feel warm and fuzzy in Hilliard, I can help to create an identity that makes everyone feel welcomed.
What are the most important issues on your campaign?
I plan on forming a P.A.C.T. with Hilliard. P is for Planned Development. We have development coming in that sometimes doesn’t make sense. We have a need for affordable housing for young families, and those who may be downsizing due to age and fixed incomes. A is for Accountability. We had an embezzlement scandal in Hilliard that is well known. $500,000 was embezzled from the pool fund. We need to work on checks and balances. C is for Community Involvement. At the top of the government hierarchy, lies the citizens of Hilliard. We can do a much better job of listening to their concerns and involving them in decisions. T is for transparency. All of the above can be done in a transparent manner to build trust between the citizens and the government officials.
Give us a fun fact about yourself.
I have dual citizenship. Though America only recognizes me as an American Citizen, my father is from the Bahamas. The Bahamas recognizes me as a Bahamian citizen due to the fact that my father was born there.
What’s your favorite thing about Ohio?
I love fall weather and football!
Which team is your favorite sports team? If there’s a fun reason why, tell us!
Of course I’m an avid Buckeye fan! At the professional level I do appreciate both The Browns and The Bengals, however The Green Bay Packers hold a special place in my heart. I grew up watching Reggie White. There aren’t too many defensive linemen that you could look up to in the 90’s. When Reggie was with the Eagles I used to follow them. I practiced his moves and pretended to be him my entire career. When he went to play for the Packers, I instantly fell in love with the entire team. Brett Favre is still my favorite quarterback of all time, though Aaron Rogers makes me proud as well.
If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song?
"Forever" by Drake
What TV show have you binge watched entirely too fast?
Power. Each season I wait until the season is complete and knock it out in a weekend. I don’t binge watch any other show (I’m not much of a TV guy).
If you were an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in?Basketball. Though my body was made for football, basketball is still my first love.
Most importantly, how can young Dems help in your campaign?
Name recognition. If you can help with getting my name out there, I’ll be forever greatful!
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