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At our January 17, 2019 Central/Executive Committee meeting, members will vote on the person we recommend to the Ohio Secretary of State for appointment to the Delaware County Board of Elections. As people are aware, the Board consists of two Democrats and two Republicans. Currently Peg Watkins holds one of the seats, and her terms runs through 2020. Ed Helvey holds the other seat, and his term is expiring and he is running for re-election for another four-year term.

The job pays a stipend of a little over $13,000 along with the county benefit plan. In addition to two meetings per month during normal business hours, the Board spends much more time the month before and after an election, as well as on election days. The Board also holds formal hearings when voters file challenges to petitions to determine the validity of the claims. Since 1999 Delaware County has had about 16 election cases that have been decided by the Ohio Supreme Court. Occasionally, the Board will meet with the County Commissioners to discuss funding and major purchases.

The seat is open to all Democratic electors who reside and are registered to vote in Delaware County. The vote on the recommendation will be by open vote of all members present at the January meeting of the Central Committee/Executive Committee.

My duty as chair is to guarantee that the process is open and fair. This is a campaign, so anyone who wants to be considered for the position can be nominated from the floor. In order to have information about your candidacy made available to Central/Executive Committee before the meeting, I suggest you send me an email that you would want sent to the Committee, and I will use our communications system to send it to the group. Please send to chair@ohiodeladems.org.  If you have additional questions, please send an email to communications@ohiodeladems.org.

This is an important decision that the committee must make. We need a board member who is dedicated to the task and will represent the ideals of the Democratic Party. We need someone who is smart and understands the election process.

For additional information, I recommend attending any meeting of the Board of Elections, which are open to the public. Meeting times and dates are posted on the BOE website. In January, the Board is scheduled to meet on the 15th at 9:00 a.m. You can also review information on the Secretary of State’s webpage  https://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections/electionsofficials.aspx. Of particular relevance is Directive 2016-51. https://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/Upload/elections/directives/2016/Dir2016-51.pdf

Thanks for being a Delaware County Democrat!

Peg L Watkins, Chair
Delaware County Democratic Party