Democracy Begins at Home
As the Delaware County Democratic Party, we aim to:
- Get Democrats elected to local office
- Energize our local members
- Challenge the current single party rule of Delaware County
In order to turn Delaware County “blue,” we need to create a foundation to build on.
In 2021, every city, village, township, and Board of Education will be electing or re-electing local officials. While these contests are non-partisan, we need to support candidates who reflect our values. These public servants make decisions that directly impact your life, such as zoning and tax issues, as well as local school board policies. As Delaware County grows, decisions at the local level determine the shape of our neighborhoods and commercial areas.
Local elections are often decided by hundreds, not thousands of votes. In the Village of Galena, one of the winners received 128 votes in 2017, and the 4th place winner for Shawnee Hills Village Council was elected with 95 votes. Some seats are not only uncontested, there are no candidates on the ballot at all. In 2017, the villages of Ashley and Ostrander each had only 3 candidates running for 4 offices.
This year, we all have the opportunity to help identify, support, and vote for the most local government officials. Consider who is currently on the board of township trustees or city or village council and board of education where you live. Do you know who currently holds these positions?
Township Trustee: Roger Van Sickle, a long-time party member and former Chair and Treasurer, served 40 years as a Township Trustee in Delaware Township. During his tenure, Township Trustees LOWERED TAXES on township residents twice, built a new Township Hall, with its surrounding park and maintenance areas, updated township zoning codes, and made improvements to Township roads. You can read more here.
City Council: Heather Stevens Karr, Powell, elected in 2019, has already made a positive impact in her city. Heather reached across the aisle to work with fellow Council members to get the restructuring of the Powell city income tax passed. This realignment of revenue will allow the city to support the level of services that Powell residents deserve. Heather also drafted a Resolution Against Racism which created the Powell Community Diversity Advisory Committee. This resolution passed unanimously.
Fielding candidates for every race is important even when our candidates don’t win. Here are just a few good reasons to put a candidate’s name on the ballot:
- Demonstrates that there are alternatives to single party rule in our county
- Energizes party members
- Gives voice to issues not always raised by Republican candidates
- Helps us measure changes in voting behavior
- Creates a “farm team” of citizens with valuable campaign experience
Chair, Delaware County Democratic Party