Dario Hunter

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Dario Hunter
Dario Hunter YCSD (cropped).jpg
Member of the Youngstown Board of Education
Assumed office
Personal details
New Jersey, U.S.[1]
NationalityAmerican, Israeli
Political partyGreen
ResidenceYoungstown, Ohio, U.S.
Alma materPrinceton University (A.B.)[1]
University of Windsor (LL.B.)[1]
University of Detroit Mercy (J.D.)[1]
Wayne State University (LL.M.)[1]
Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute (Semikhah)
OccupationRabbi, Lawyer, Educator, Politician

Dario David Hunter (born 1983), also known as Yisroel Hunter,[1] is an American-Israeli lawyer, rabbi, educator[2] and politician[3] who is considered the first Muslim-born person to be ordained as a rabbi.[4][5][6]

Hunter is openly gay and was raised by his Iranian Muslim father and African American mother in New Jersey.[6]


Hunter converted to Judaism, first through the Reform movement and then through an Orthodox process.[1] He was ordained a rabbi in 2012 by the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute in New York City.[3][4][5][6]

A former environmental attorney in Israel, he currently lives in Youngstown, Ohio.[6][7]


Youngstown politics[edit]

Hunter was a Democratic Party candidate for Youngstown City Council in the 2015 primary election.[7] In the 2015 general election, he won a write-in campaign for a seat on the Youngstown Board of Education.[8] In May 2018, he joined the Green Party, becoming the only Green elected officeholder in Ohio. [9]

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,[10][11] ethics violations,[12] nepotism,[12] creationism in the curriculum[13][14] and the general dysfunction of the Board.

2020 presidential campaign[edit]

On January 21, 2019, Hunter announced he was forming an exploratory committee with the intention of seeking the Green Party nomination for President in 2020. [15][16]


Legal actions[edit]

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 donated the settlement amount to the Boys and Girls Club. [17]

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. [18][19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Biography". The Kosher Unicorn. Archived from the original on May 11, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  2. ^ "Youngstown News, Politics - 2016 Primary Election - Dario Hunter for Youngstown Board of Education". The Vindicator (vindy.com). Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Skolnick, David (January 30, 2015). "It's off to the races in Youngstown". The Vindicator. Youngstown, Ohio. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "NYC: Ex-Muslim to be ordained as rabbi". YNetNews.com. July 7, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Black Jews You Should Know, Part 4". Tablet Magazine. February 25, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d "Muslim-born American to be ordained as rabbi in New York". Al-Arabiya News. July 7, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Dario Hunter for Youngstown City Council, Ward 6". Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  8. ^ "Struthers and Campbell reject incumbent mayors". WFMJ.com. Nov 3, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  9. ^ 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".
  10. ^ "Youngstown Academic Distress Commission begins search for C.E.O". WFMJ.com. Apr 13, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "City school board approves administrative contracts, rejects members' pay limitation". The Vindicator (vindy.com). Apr 27, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Youngstown school board member questions legality, ethics of president's, son's votes". The Vindicator (vindy.com). Feb 10, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  13. ^ "Adair storms out of Youngstown school board meeting". The Vindicator (vindy.com). May 25, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  14. ^ "Video in Youngstown schools' science curriculum espouses creationism". The Vindicator (vindy.com). May 20, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  15. ^ "Dario Hunter". www.facebook.com.
  16. ^ Staff, WKBN (January 23, 2019). "Dario Hunter launches exploratory committee for Green Party presidential nomination". WKBN.
  17. ^ "Lawsuit settled between Youngstown City School Board member, district". WKBN. Oct 19, 2017. Retrieved Jan 26, 2019.
  18. ^ http://supremecourt.ohio.gov/pdf_viewer/pdf_viewer.aspx?pdf=853607.pdf
  19. ^ "Facebook". www.facebook.com.