Casey Weinstein, a Democratic candidate for the 37th District Ohio State Representative seat and a Hudson city councilman, said he and his family were targeted for their religious views via notes left at their door.
“We haven’t called it specifically anti-Semitic, but it was clearly kind of intended that way,” he said.
Weinstein, a member of Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, posted a video on Facebook Nov. 5 with his wife, Amanda. Weinstein said he filed a police report that morning because they found notes outside their home the previous night regarding their religious views.
Weinstein told the Cleveland Jewish News someone left notes containing old social media posts he had written from a private account, promoting Jewish and civil rights causes.
According to the Hudson police report, one of the papers left at his home read, “As a concerned member of the Hudson Community, I wonder why Casey Weinstein decided to delete his twitter account? Are his views in line with yours?”
Hudson police charged it as criminal trespassing and the police report said the notes contained nothing threatening.
Weinstein said the person or people who came to his door to leave the notes woke up his kids and dog, and the notes made him feel “disappointed.”
“In that we are so far away from talking about the positive messages or how we can make positive change in people’s lives, and instead we are focusing on … how you pray essentially,” he said. “It brought it home for me the divisiveness that we have in our country today – it was literally brought to my doorstep. It also made me concerned for my family’s safety.”
Weinstein is running against Republican Stow City Councilman Mike Rasor Nov. 6.
Weinstein added that in light of the incident, the community has been supportive and positive.
In a Nov. 3 Facebook post, Weinstein said he attended a local memorial service for the victims of the Pittsburgh shooting. In the Nov. 3 post he said, “I haven’t talked about my Jewish faith on the campaign trail, but it plays an enormous role in forming my worldview. I share Judaism’s commitment to the pursuit of justice, liberty, equality and opportunity for us all. I’m proud to be Jewish.”