September 22, 2017
Dear Party Chairs,
The Cleveland Indians are in the playoffs, high school football has begun, and up north the leaves are already turning. Fall is upon us and like me, I’m sure your busy with local races and candidates. Please take a few minutes and read this email with important info on the upcoming ODCCA/ODP Regional Forums, Issue 2 debates and Sherrod Brown yard signs and chum!
The first ODP/ODCCA Statewide candidate debate was last Tuesday in Belmont County. Thank you to Chairman Phil Wallace, ODP and the surrounding county chairs for putting on a first rate event. If you didn’t see it live, go to the ODCCA or ODP websites –here is the link – and take the time to listen. We’re all working hard to energize our voters and activists about our candidates and what the Democratic Party stands for. These debates and regional forums are an excellent format for doing this.
On October 7th in Erie County and later on in Knox County, ODCCA/ODP will be hosting 2 forums with all 8 statewide candidates. I’ve attached the flyers – visit here – on the events so you can easily see what’s planned. These will be “townhall” style events with limited “stump speeches” and 60 minutes of Q&A from the moderator and audience. Designed to attract a lot of activist participation and voter awareness! Try to attend so you can see what’s planned and then step up to host a regional event in your area. We anticipate hosting 2 events on 1 day, every month between October and the May primary. Plans are for forums to be on a Saturday or Sunday and with a 2 hour drive between the morning and afternoon events. Candidates have committed to doing these as an easy way to reach voters in every part of the State and recruit activists and volunteers to their campaigns. ODCCA will be taking the lead on these regional forums with ODP as the lead on the “debate” style that are being held in the democratic urban centers of the state. Their next debate event will be at the ODP State Dinner in Columbus on 10-29. We need 4 counties to step up to organize the next 2 events in November and December. You may have already sent me dates or an indication of your interest but weeks have passed since then, so I need to know if you’re still willing to help host and when. Time is short and we want to get these on the candidates’ calendars before they are unavailable!
ODCCA is also assisting the LWV, county parties and activist groups with townhalls or debates on Issues 1 and 2. There have been many held across northern Ohio including Geauga, Cuyahoga and Medina counties. Our largest one is scheduled for Monday night, 9-25 at BGSU Firelands College in Huron, Ohio. Thank you Chairwoman Grubbe for making this happen! ODCCA will be professionally videotaping this event so every county can put the video on their website and inform voters. THANK YOU Congresswoman Kaptur for your generous assistance with this! If you’re interested in hosting an Issues forum, please let me know. Both sides on these issues are providing excellent speakers for the events and there’s been packed rooms at all of them. Another great service we as chairs provide to voters and a great way to engage them as well as educate.
Finally, ODCCA is working with Clear Images again to produce yard signs, bumper stickers and t-shirts. While we know Senator Brown isn’t on the ballot this year, activists are interested in showing support for him right now as he continues to battle against the extremist legislation coming out of DC. Displaying a Sherrod Brown yard sign or bumper sticker NOW solidifies support for him and reminds voters that he’s our guy and we love him! We have also produced t-shirts with timely slogans. Our t-shirt in support of dreamers were big sellers at our county fair. And our “If you’re not outraged, you’re NOT paying attention” shirt sold out in the first 2 days! Please see the attached order forms and contact Frank at Clear Images to place an order. We can coordinate a pickup at the ODP State Dinner if you’re interested and want to save the shipping costs.
- ODCCA Sherrod Brown Signs Order Form
- ODCCA Sherrod Brown Items and Shirt Order Form
- ODCCA Outraged and Neighbor Shirt Order Form
Thank you for reading our messages and for your help and support. (Amy will be sending out a message regarding ODCCA dues soon). Whenever I get discouraged, I read an email from one of you that boosts my spirits. Thank you for all you do and with your support we’ll TURN OHIO BLUE again!
Chair, Geauga Dems