614-259-8020 info@ohiodeladems.org

Other key messages shared during the Sept. 13 Central Committee meeting:

  • The results of CD12 Special Election will have a strong impact on the General Election. It was an opportunity to dry-run our GOTV (Get out the Vote) tools. We did great in places we have not been competitive in for years.
  • 99 House districts are all filled, through to election. Bringing 99 Democratic House candidates through to election day has not happened since the 1960s!
  • Polling: Sherrod Brown is consistently leading Renacci. Rich Cordray is running very tight with DeWine, every vote in this cycle is very important. All the statewide races are very important. We’re in a better place than we’ve been in the past. Candidates are staying “within the margin”.
  • 13 regional field directors, 85 field organizers, and a Voter Protection Director on the team.
  • Announced the “Smallest 50-County Engagement Program”. Democrats are not going to win the small counties, but we have to lose them by less.

For a complete record of the meeting, minutes will be posted prior to the October meeting.

-DCDP newsletter staff writers

Cory Hoffman is the Democratic candidate for District 67 of the Ohio House of Representatives in the mid-term election beginning with early voting on October 10. District 67 covers the western half of Delaware County.

Cory’s experience has well prepared him for this next stage of public service and civic duty. He served as a Petty Officer in the United States Naval Reserve and as an attorney for the Ohio Department of Commerce, prosecuting investment and securities fraud. He currently works in private practice advising individuals and small businesses throughout Ohio.

Cory’s vision for government extends beyond the current highly charged partisan environment. “If Democrats and Republicans can get along in the Navy, in the workplace and everywhere else in our great nation,” he affirms, “they ought to be able to do so in the Ohio General Assembly!

“We all have more in common than we think we do and I believe – that on almost any issue – Republicans and Democrats in the State House can work together again and find solutions to our most pressing challenges.”

With his experience protecting Ohioans from investment fraud and his working as a tax and business attorney, Cory can bring new ideas to the Statehouse. On his website, he suggests two initial emphases.

Education – Cory proposes that “the state of Ohio appropriates all necessary and sufficient revenue to the local school districts from a single, broad, state-wide tax base, so we can finally satisfy the Ohio Supreme Court’s order in DeRolph v. State and no longer finance public education with local property taxes.”

Representation for All – Cory would work to change “our current 99 Single-Member House Districts to 88 county-based, multi-member districts with proportional representation versus the current winner take all system wherein only 50.1% of the citizens need to be represented.”

Cory is a lifelong Ohioan and a proud graduate of two of its great public universities – Bowling Green State University, where he studied Neuroscience and Philosophy, and Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he earned his law Degree.

He lives in Delaware with his wife Megan and their daughter Mara. The family is getting ready to greet a new baby before the election!

https://www.hoffmanforohio.com/                                                                               https://www.facebook.com/CoryForOhio/

– Edited by DCDP newsletter staff

Voting in the crucial mid-term election begins on October 10, and a great deal is on the line! Will Democrats retake the House of Representatives? A vote for Danny O’Connor can help reach this goal. It’s important, too, that Senator Sherrod Brown retain his seat in the Upper Chamber in Washington. Richard Cordray can become Ohio governor, and there are other state and local candidates that need your vote. The complete Democratic slate card is available for downloadour website or for viewing here.

Information on Early Voting can be found on our DelaDems website. Here is a summary.

First, check your registration status. Are you registered to vote? Are you sure? If you’ve skipped several elections in the past few years, your registration may have lapsed. Go to the DelaDems website to check your registration status. Deadline to register is October 9

Second, decide NOW to vote early. You have several options.

In-person early voting begins October 10 and continues up to 2:00 p.m. November 5. Currently the only Early Voting location in Delaware County is the Delaware County Board of Elections, 2079 U.S. Hwy 23 N, Delaware, OH 43015 (in the same building as the BMV).

A mail-in absentee ballot is a convenient way to vote. If you are a registered voter, you should have received an application for an absentee ballot from the Ohio Secretary of State in early September. If you overlooked that envelope, you can download, print, and fill in the application from the DelaDems website. If you choose this method, pay attention to the instructions for mailing in your application. You can also track your application on the DelaDems website. Make sure to fill-out and send in your ballot as soon as it is received to make sure your vote will count.

By voting early in person or by mail, you can avoid last-minute obstacles to casting your vote, like weather, family concerns, a cold or flu. Still, you may want to be there on election day. Check our website to confirm the location of your polling location. Local polling places sometimes change.

If you wait to vote on election day and don’t have a way to get to your polling place on your own, the Delaware County Democratic Party offers a Ride-to-the-Polls service. Please go to this link to request a ride: Ride to the Polls

There are many reasons to get exciting about this year’s mid-term election and to make sure your voice is heard.

– DCDP Newsletter staff

…The Gubernatorial Debate between Rich Corday and Mike DeWine? The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jason Williams provided a “Best of Cordray” from the 9/19 debate after saying Cordray “shot out of the gate” in his first debate against DeWine, showing vigor and on-point messaging.

Here’s the “Best of Cordray” from the debate, according to Williams:

  • On ECOT: The Republicans “stole $189 million from the taxpayers of this state right under your nose, and you didn’t do anything about it. Now you’ve filed a lawsuit to get the money back. That’s not a protect-Ohio-lawsuit. That’s an I’m-running-for-governor lawsuit.”
  • On tackling the opioid crisis: “Asking you to be in charge of this is like asking for navigational advice from the captain of the Titanic.” Cordray’s line was popular enough that “Titanic” started trending on Twitter in Ohio.
  • More on opioids: “Your plan is to hire an opioid czar. News flash! We’ve had an opioid czar in Ohio the last eight years. His name is Mike DeWine.”

– ODP Newsletter

This is our second DCDP Member Spotlight. (Volunteer Robert Hill was our first). We thought this would be a fun way to help get to know our fellow members and volunteers. This Spotlight is focused on Brad Shimp. Interested in sharing your story? Send an email to communcations@ohiodeladems.org.

Tell us a little bit about yourself — where are you from, what is your occupation, and how you got involved with politics?

My wife Cathy and I have lived in Delaware County since 2000. We moved to our home on Bridlespur Lane to a house large enough to accommodate my father who moved in after my mother passed away. I am “retired” but have never been busier. Before my retirement in 2013 I was President/CEO of Community Capital Development Corporation, a not-for-profit company that lent money to small businesses for real estate and large equipment. When I retired I pursued my interests in improvisation and theatre, using the other side of my brain not related to finance.

I am on the Board of MadLab Theatre (madlab.net) managing the bookkeeping, audits, financial reporting, fund raising programs, and am the archivist cataloging all the videos, files, and photographs from our 23+ year history. I also help with grant writing. I also produce and perform improv shows at MadLab. I am also on the Board of the Ann Sherry Foundation, approving small grants for innovation in education and community development. And I perform improv at the Nest Theatre. I currently teach improv and theatre arts to middle school students at Village Academy School in Powell.

I remember “voting” in a mock election in elementary school during the Nixon and Kennedy election in 1960. I voted for Richard Nixon much to the delight of my mother and the chagrin of my father. That was the last time I ever voted for a Republican. I canvassed for Eugene McCarthy in high school and was an active participant in Vietnam anti-war activities. I have voted in every election since I turned 18. More recently we have been supporter housing when the party was fighting to put SB 5 on the ballot. We have been providing supporter housing for every election since then.

When did you get involved with the Delaware County Democratic Party and why?

I can’t actually remember when I first joined the DCDP but I’m guessing it was during the Obama era. I reactivated with the election of Mr. Trump.

What was the most memorable political event you have participated in so far?

I would have to say that I had a blast working on the O’Connor special election, working with a wonderful team of people helping at one of the three canvasing stations in Delaware. It was four long, satisfying days.

Tell us an anecdote about working on a campaign for a candidate.

While driving for canvasser Enas Yunis (she is an amazing canvasser) this big guy approached me as I was sitting in the car. He looked angry. He said “What are you doing here?”. I thought here we go. I politely explained we were canvassing for Danny O’Connor, passing out literature. His face softened and he smiled. “I’m voting for Danny. I was a cop at the Trump rally and there were people passing out all over the place due to the heat. And I couldn’t believe what lies Trump was saying and how people were eating it up. Pretty sad.” We continued to chat until I had to pick Enas up and move on. Just goes to show you not to jump to conclusions.

What has been the most satisfying part of your work in politics or for the DCDP?

I lived in the suburbs of Detroit and and signed up to canvas for Eugene McCarthy in the inner city of Detroit, in some areas that I found out later were pretty rough. Well I got a real chance to listen to people about their concerns and about their lives. It was a real eye opener for a young white kid from the suburbs. It changed my perspective forever and helped form my view of the Democratic party.

For DCDP I will go back to the O’Connor special election. It was so rewarding to be a part of a team that came closer to winning than anyone ever thought we would. Now on to the midterms… To me this upcoming midterm election is the most important election in my lifetime. We have entered uncharted territory with this administration. I believe that the current administration threatens the fundamental institutions of our country and are putting our democracy in peril. But we can win by working together to put Democrats in place to provide oversight over this president and his destructive path.

Edited by DCDP Newsletter staff

Do you know the song, County Fair, by Bruce Springsteen? This song epitomizes the sounds, feel and tastes of our County Fair, which just ended on Saturday, September 22.

County Fair Song by Bruce Springsteen

“County fair, county fair
Everybody in town will be there
So come on, hey, we’re goin’ down there
Hey little girl with the long blond hair
Come win your daddy one of them stuffed bears
Baby down at the county fair… ”

There’s nothing that smells so good, feels so good, or is so much fun as being involved in the County Fair. If you merge that involvement with something that makes a difference in our world, it’s even better.

The Delaware County Democratic Party had been involved in the Delaware County Fair for decades, with support from Democratic volunteers. And this year, we increased our presence from one to two tables!

The operation of putting together the Delaware County Fair booth and enlisting volunteers to work the booth from 10am – 9pm for 8 days is difficult and time consuming, but has been accomplished so well over the past two years by Greg Hankins and Julie Houston. Both have been involved in volunteering for the fair for “way too long to count”.   They were asked a couple of questions about their experiences in working and managing the Fair for the Delaware County Democratic Party table:

What has been your most fun experience?

Greg: “Working with the kids. Asking them if they ever voted before, no matter what their age. When we ask the fairgoers what their favorite fair food is, we let them vote on it, by day, and then post the winners on a board from the previous day. On the 1st Saturday of this year’s Fair, we got 171 votes!

Another great experience was this year when I got to swap jokes with Kathleen Tate.”

Julie: “It was exciting last year when we kicked off the Favorite Fair Food Voting idea. Before that, we had trouble with encouraging people coming over. Now they enjoy coming.”

What has been your least enjoyable experience?

Greg:   “I can’t say I have had any bad experiences at the Fair. I am a debater, so I enjoy getting into discussions with all people here.”

Julie: “12 years ago, I was sitting on the floor with a new mommy who was nursing her child. An Anti-Choice man came over to our booth, shoving a pamphlet in our faces and verbally abusing us.   That year, we had an Anti-Choice booth around the corner from our booth.

I went crazy, mostly because he had a lot of nerve approaching a woman nursing her child. And his approach did no good, but only made both of us angry.”

Both: “It was upsetting with our stand-up Hillary and Barack look alikes were stolen from our booth at the 2016 fair. Ed filed a report with the Sheriff, and the two showed up at a Buckeye Valley football game. When the Sheriff called Ed and was asked if he wanted to press charges, he said no, as he thought just the embarrassment of having the sheriff take them back while all their friends and parents were there was enough penance.   We were happy to find out that it was just a couple of teens and not someone who wanted to do more harm to the Democratic Party.

And finally, both Julie and Greg to me that the main goal of having tables at the Fair is to show people in the community that the Democratic Party exists, we don’t have crazy ideas and that we are family people who want the best for our children. We are slowly breaking down their stereotypes.

– Edited by DCDP newsletter staff

Campaign Events:

What: Delaware City Phone Banking
When: Every Mon-Thurs from 5:30-8:30pm through Nov 1st
Where: Delaware Democratic HQ – 12 1/2 N Sandusky Street, Delaware or from your own home by emailing Fred Young

What: September Canvassing Opportunities
When: Weekday Evenings from 5:30-8:30pm & Weekend Days
For Dates, Times & Locations:
Delaware City – https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/ohdems/event/25885/
Sunbury – https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/ohdems/event/24875/
Powell – https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/ohdems/event/20671/

What: Fundraising Party for Sherrod Brown
Who: Special Guest Sherrod Brown’s daughter, Emily Brown, Immigration Lawyer
When: Thursday, September 27th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Denise McCandless’ home – 1820 Sherborne Lane, Powell, Ohio
RSVP: serena@sherrodbrown.com or call 626-320-9833

What: Blowout BBQ Bash in support of Rich Cordray
When: Friday, September 28th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Melissa and Herb Hedden’s Home, Upper Arlington, Address available when registering
RSVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/e_092818

What: Ohio Wesleyan University Voter Registration
When: Mon, September 24 and Weds, September 26, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Where: OWU Hamilton Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Avenue, Delaware
More Info: https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/ohdems/event/27839/

What: Pregame and Postcards for Aileen Wagner & Indu Rajan
When: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: 384 Westgreen Ln, Westerville, Ohio 43082
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1722455131217342/

What: A Brunch and Concert for Danny O’Connor
When: Sunday, September 30, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Ace of Cups, 2619 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43202
More Info: Only 75 tickets available
RSVP: amanda@dannyoconnorforcongress.com. Tickets also available at door

What: Danny Comes To Denison
When: Monday, October 1, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Denison University, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall, 150 Ridge Rd, Granville, Ohio 43023
More Info: Sponsored by Denison Democrats

What: Ohio Wesleyan University Voter Registration
When: Tues, October 2; Thurs, October 4, and Mon, October 8, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Where: OWU Hamilton Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Avenue, Delaware
More Info: https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/ohdems/event/27839/

What: Ohio Wesleyan University Voter Registration
When: Tues, October 2 and Thurs, October 4, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: OWU Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Avenue, Delaware, OH 43015
More Info: https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/ohdems/event/27839/

What: Harlem Township Candidates Night
When: Wednesday, October 10, 7:00pm-8:30
Where: Harlem Township Fire Station, 3883 S. SR 605, New Albany-Condit Rd, Galena, Ohio 43021
RSVP: Katherine Kuch 614 -406-2676

What: Indivisible Delaware Postcard Party for Leadership Delaware – Louise, Cory, Indu and Aileen
When: Thursday, October 11, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: The Oak & Brazen Wine Co., 38 E Winter St, Delaware

What: October Weekend Canvassing Opportunities
When: Saturdays & Sundays – Different Shifts Available
For Dates, Times & Locations:
Delaware City – https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/ohdems/event/27966/
Lewis Center – https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/ohdems/event/27887/
Powell – https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/ohdems/event/27915/

Special Events:

What: Delaware Dems Table at Community Unity Festival – Ward 2
When: Saturday, October 6th from 10 am – 6 pm
Where: 50A Ross Street at the Park Pavilion
More Info: Contact to volunteer

What: Indivisible’s Rapid Resist Rally if Mueller or Rosenstein Fired
Where: Bicentennial Park, 233 S. Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215
When: Sunday, September 30, 12:00 – 3:00pm

CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETINGS: Delaware County Democratic Party Central Committee meetings are held every third Thursday of the month (unless previously notified). Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.

  • When: 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Where: We’ve outgrown our DCDP Headquarters at 12 1/2 N. Sandusky St. For the balance of the year we will be meeting at the Willis Education Center on 74 W William St, Delaware, OH 43015 (unless otherwise notified; check the website or our Facebook page.)
  • Event Calendar

Farmers Market: The DCDP hosts a table at the Delaware County Farmers Market a couple doors up from the DCDP Headquarters.

  • When: Each Saturday April through October, 9:00am – 12:00 pm
  • Where: Delaware County Farmers Market on North Sandusky Street
  • Event Calendar

First Friday: The DCDP hosts an event to encourage people to visit the office and become involved with the Party.

  • When: First Friday of each month, April through October, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Where: DCDP Headquarters, 12 1/2 N. Sandusky St. Delaware, Ohio 43015
  • Event Calendar

CLICK HERE for more information on the following sub-committees:

  • Campaigns and Candidates
  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Delaware County Young Democrats

Also check the calendar as meetings can get rescheduled.

Sign-up/Renew your Party Membership: While the Party operates on volunteer support, we do have actual costs that are required to maintain day-to-day operations. Please go to our DCDP Membership area to sign-up for or renew your Party membership.

‘Like’ and Interact with us on Facebook: Communicate with our active membership and get the most up-to-date information. https:/ /facebook.com/ohiodeladems

Attend a Central Committee Meeting: The county-wide Central Committee meets the third Thursday every month (unless notified), 7:30pm, and is open to the public. For the balance of the year (unless notified) our meetings will be held at the Willis Education Center, 74 W William St., Delaware, OH 43015.

Check the website for volunteer opportunities

Central Committee Membership – Opportunity to Make a Difference Any interested registered Democratic voter can always request an at-large seat on the Delaware County Democratic Party Central Committee. If you are interested in serving, contact the central office for more information: Phone: (740) 363- 7500; email: chair@ohiodeladems.org. You can always get more information on our website on how to file for candidacy.

The Delaware Directions Newsletter is written, designed, and assembled each month by members of the DCDP Communications Committee along with contributing writers.