Party Reorganization Meeting held on May 26th 2020 at 8:00 pm via Zoom.
Moderators : Bill DeMora and George Clark from the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP). Other ODP observers present: Liz Shirey, Jordan Hawkins, Simon Dallas, and Sofia Avouris
Present on Call: Dawn Anderson-Butcher, Margo Bartlett, Karen Bergandine, John Berlekamp, Barb Berry, Suzanne Binau, Joyce Bourgault, Richard Bradley, Tanya Bruce, Toneita Burke, Shawna Burkham, Patrick Carle, David Carpenter, Melissa Casoli, David Chappell, Elizabeth Charbonneau, Jonathan Chu, Nancy Cline, Kristina Daiker, Robert Davis, Linda Diamond, Spencer Dirrig, Sharon Emley, Melanie Farkas, Pamela Foster, Tom Francy, Marianne Gabel, Joydeep Gupta, Yvette Hanselman, Holly Hanson, John Hartman, Mindy Hedges, Kathy Holdren, Julianne Houston, Colleen Huckabee, Marian Jacques, Diane Kabler, Heather Karr, Sam Kindred, Marya Kolman, Adam Laugle, Cheryl Luce, David Martin, Barbara McBride, Amy Murphy, Sam Murphy, Franchesca Nestor, Laurie Nolta, Mary Kate Pembroke, Cara Posey, Indu Rajan, Jerry Rhoades, Anthony Saadey, John Schmarr, Stephen Schottel, Valerie Shafer, Brad Shimp, Tara Talgar, Louise Valentine, Aileen Wagner, Pam Warrick, Andre Washington, Peg Watkins, Amy White Predieri, Tony Yankus, Heidi Yoder, Enas Yunis, Lisa Perez, John Helwig
Judge John O’Donnell who is running for Supreme Court of Ohio started off the meeting with a brief conversation about how an incident restored his faith in humanity and it was imperative that we have a change of leadership in the WH.
Judge Jennifer Brunner who is also running for Supreme Court of Ohio said that despite the pandemic, she has been having good conversations with people. She hosts Friday Lunches where she interviews judicial candidates from all over Ohio and she wants to cover as many such candidates as she
can. She emphasized that we cannot control the spread of pandemic but we can make an impact on the elections. She said it was important for the Secretary of the State to anticipate the needs of the people and request the legislature to simplify the absentee voting process. She said it would be a good move to adopt a set of voters and follow through with them through texts and social media until they cast their votes. Judge O’Donnell and Judge Brunner got more votes than their Republican counterparts in the recent Primary Elections which she thought was a great beginning to their campaigns.
Judge Brunner swore in all the members who had been elected to the Central Committee through the election that ended on April 28th 2020.
Heather Karr nominated Louise Valentine as the temporary Chair. The motion passed 64 to 3.
Karen Bergandine nominated Indu Rajan as the temporary Secretary and the motion passed 64 to 3.
Louise Valentine called for nominations for Chair for the DCDP. Suzanne Binau nominated Peg Watkins. Kathy Holdren nominated Jack Berlekamp. Andre Washignton moved that the nominations are closed and Melanie Farkas seconded the motion. The motion passed 64 to 3. Based on the number present, Bill DeMora said a majority (50% plus 1) would require 35 votes. The list of people who voted and how they voted will be available sometime after this meeting. Candidates gave their 3 minute speeches. Votes were tallied and Peg Watkins got 54 (80%) and Jack Berlecamp 13 (20%).
The next action was to vote all Central Committee Members to the Executive Committee. The motion was made by Melanie Farkas and seconded by Suzanne Binau. The motion passed by 60 votes.
The following list was proposed to be voted in as Central Committee Members in open precincts : Delaware City 1E – Emma Jones, Delaware City 3E- Cory Hoffman, Delaware City 4E- Mallorie Watts, Genoa H – Ed Helvey, Genoa G – Robert Katula, Powell G – Healther Gonzalez, Scioto A – Jacob Fathbruckner, Westerville C – Ken Wright, Westerville I- Catherine Kulik. Motion was passed by 61 votes.
The following list of members were proposed by the Chairperson for At-Large appointments: Ron Baer, Judy Carpenter, Katherine Cole, Joe Diamond, Roo Dirrig, Greg Hankins, Brian Jaffe, Mike Kabler, Caleb Lohr, Corinne Lyman, Denise McCandless, Abigail Metheney, Rayna Patton, Mark Predieri, Donna Sinclair, Georgia Tilton, Shirley Van Sickle, Molly Yankus, Jenny Yoder, Carol Young. The Chairperson said that all the applications were evaluated and a list was compiled. Mindy Hedges said that whoever applied should be on the Central Committee. Bill said that specific names have to be submitted for consideration. Mindy moved to amend the list to add Don Hedges, seconded by Marian Jacques. The motion passed by 55 votes. Pamela Foster asked about Mary Therese Spaulding and John Calvert. Mindy inquired about Lynda Behan. Instead of voting on each person, Andre Washington proposed that a list of names be presented to the Committee for voting and the chairperson has to provide a list of all the people who applied to be on the Central Committee before the next meeting. This motion passed by 55 votes.
The meeting was moved to be adjourned by Louise Valentine and seconded by Andre Washington.
The next meeting will be held on June 2nd 2020 at 7:30 pm via Zoom