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Absentee/ Early Voting STARTS!!!!

You can get one thing out of the way – go vote today!!  or any of the other early voting days between now and Nov 7th!  GO DO IT!!

Want to make a difference in Ohio?

The Gerrymandering Committee meets every week at the Headquarters.  Even if you cannot attend any of the meetings there is a way you can be a part of the petition to eliminate Gerrymandering in Ohio.  Please go to and find the Gerrymandering for Ohio petition (they list Ed Browning’s name). If you are on Facebook, you will be able to add the petition to you Facebook page to share with all of your FB pals.  Of course, we all need to ask everyone we know to be a part of this movement!  As Ed gives me status reports, I will update at his entry.



Medicaid Expansion YAY!!!!

we did it 2
December 20, 2013
More Ohioans Than Ever Before Have Health Coverage Because Of Our Work Together!

What better way to celebrate the holidays than by rejoicing over expanded health coverage to Ohioans in need!
Thanks to the Ohio Supreme Court upholding the Controlling Board’s decision to fund the Medicaid Expansion, on January 1st, 2014, over 275,000 more Ohioans will be eligible for health coverage for the first time!
We were blown away by the tremendous statewide support for health coverage for low income Ohioans. We want to thank our partners and supporters who have worked tirelessly to get this passed. By working together, our dedication and perseverance has paid off.
As they say, the work of a health care advocate is never done. Now’s the time to get this information out and Ohioans enrolled in health coverage.
Please encourage Ohioans to visit to see if they are now eligible for Medicaid.
If they don’t qualify for Medicaid, remind them to check out to see how much of a discount they will receive toward their monthly and out-of-pocket health insurance costs if they enroll in a plan in the Marketplace. Remember the deadline to enroll in coverage to start January 1 is December 23, 2013.
Cathy Levine, Executive Director, UHCAN Ohio

Information – Gubernatorial Candidates

Dear Democrat:

FYI…a second Democrat has indicated an interest in running for Ohio Governor (according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer). 

Please see the article below for more details….


David M. Farrell
State Central Committee Member
10th State Senate District


Hamilton County commissioner’s gubernatorial candidacy sets up prospect of a primary with Ed FitzGerald

By Robert Higgs, Northeast Ohio Media Group The Plain Dealer
December 30, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune tossed his hat in the ring as a candidate for governor Monday, announcing he’ll appoint a treasurer and set up a campaign committee.

The move sets up the possibility of two Democrats squaring off for a vote in May before the party can turn its full attention on Republican Gov. John Kasich in November.

“I am today declaring my intent to appoint a treasurer and to form a committee and to announce my candidacy to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for the office of governor of the state of Ohio,” he told a news conference in Cincinnati.

Setting up the committee and appointing a treasurer will allow Portune, now in his fourth term as a Hamilton County commissioner, to raise money that will help him gauge interest in his candidacy.

That’s important, because Portune indicated he might not pursue a candidacy if he finds there isn’t some support out there.

There is no such thing as an exploratory committee in Ohio. Once Portune files his paperwork to establish the committee and name a treasurer, he will be an actual candidate. But he could still change his mind about running.

The deadline for candidates to file candidacy petitions for the primary election is 4 p.m on Feb. 5.  No one has filed petitions for the Governor’s seat yet.

“I am entering this because I feel a real sense of responsibility,” Portune told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “There needs to be a choice. I won’t file just to be on the ballot.”

If Portune stays in the race, it would pit him against a candidate who already has been campaigning for several months to unseat Kasich. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald formed his own campaign committee in March 2013 and has visited each of Ohio’s 88 counties at least once already.

Portune lives in Green Township in Hamilton County. He previously was a Cincinnati councilman.

As a candidate for governor, might he look to the north for help balancing the ticket?

Cuyahoga County Council President C. Ellen Connally disclosed Friday evening that she’s talked to Portune about the possibility of being his running mate. But she said then she also was not sure she wants to run.
‘I’ve not made any decision,” Connally said.

But on Monday, Portune talked about his fondness for Greater Cleveland.

“In my four years in Oberlin and ever since, I have taken great pride in the city of Cleveland. It is a great American city, full of wonderful people, full of successful businesses and incredible opportunity,” he said. “We need to make sure that Cleveland gets all the help it needs from state government.”

Dates of Activities from Our Chair, Doris

Please highlight the Dates of Activities on the right side of page for a listing of events, etc from Doris

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Our new location is 10 S. Detroit St, right in the center of Xenia.  There is on-street parking and also parking in the Second St lot  with a walk thru beside of Eichman’s.

The post office box and the telephone remain the same.

Drop by for a visit!  You can see our new Donkey (made by Laveda Perrill) on the wall! 

Everyting looks great!  Don’t be a stranger!!



Have Some Fun – Get Involoved – We Want You!!!

Please look at the list of upcoming events and parades (Listed on this website with each event and contact person) for this election season to see what you can do to be a part of our successful re-election campaign (Look at the November ballot on this webpage).  There are sign up sheets at the Headquarters.  You can stop by or you can call in to be added to the list.  If you are new to volunteering for the Democrats and want more information – please call 937-372-6003 or stop by the Headquarters! 

Watch for the Changes to the FORUM!!!

The Forum is changing the way we meet!  We will be starting a virtual meeting soon!  Watch for the news!  It will be up to the minute!  Lots of fun!  Entertaining! and most of all informative!  Coming Soon!!!