Ohio - Reform Begins Tomorrow
by Pounder, Mon Dec 12, 2005 at 05:24:04 PM EST
Grass roots in Ohio pressured ODP to hold regional debate forums as part of the process of selecting the new chair. This would give everyone a chance to hear what each candidate has to say, what their plan would be and to be questioned on it.
ODP decline this opportunity, so grass roots organizations set about "Democracy for Democrats"
- Dennis Lieberman,
- Ohio House Minority Leader Chris Redfern, D-Catawba Island.
- Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune.
- Dennis Eckart, an attorney and former Cleveland-area U.S. House member.
- Athens County Democratic Chairwoman Susan Gwinn.
- Erie County Democratic Chairman David Geise.
- Bill DeMora, former Ohio Democratic Party executive director.
As part of Democracy for Democrats we have organized a forum debate to take place.
Where: First Congregational Church
444 E. Broad Street (at 9th St.)
Columbus OH, 43215
When: Tuesday December 13th 2005
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Doors open at 6:00 PM
That's right, tomorrow. All but 1 candidate is confirmed to attend, along with the Ohio political press corps. The event is free and open to the public.
As background. Chris Redfern and Dennis Lieberman are the front runners, with Susan Gwinn in 3rd place - all 3 will be at the forum.
To become chair the winning candidate needs a majority, so there will possibly (likely) be run-off voting, where the lowest vote getter gets dropped, and another vote takes place.
I'll be blogging the event, it wont be live, since the church doesnt have WiFi, and I hope to see as many Ohio Dems there as possible. We have 600 seats to fill, and this is the first of many steps to reform our party, exert our grass roots influence and finally get back to winning elections in Ohio so we don't have to worry about Jim Crow laws like HB3.
For interest, Paul Hackett released this statement about this grass roots effort
Paul Hackett, veteran of the Iraq war and candidate for U.S. Senate, made the following statement today on the future of the Ohio Democratic Party.
"The selection of a new Ohio Democratic Party Chair should not be taken lightly. Day in and day out, men and women work their hearts out to help build our state party by registering new voters, going door to door and spreading our message. They are the foundation of our party and deserve not only the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates for Chair but more importantly the opportunity to let those candidates know their thoughts and concerns on the party's future. I hope that the Ohio Democratic Party will give the men and women who make up our party the opportunity to be involved in the process. Regional meetings may just be the forum we need to make that possible."
"All over this state I meet people who feel forgotten by their party... that the red pigment their town or county represents on a map serves as a stop sign to their party when resources are being handed out. If we fail to compete in every region of this state, we will continue to fail in election after election. This party needs an eighty-eight county strategy for growing our party and building a farm team of candidates. If we ever want to win an election, we must compete in every county, city, town and precinct."
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