As we move towards the November general election, we need to remember and publicize the decade-plus history of crime and corruption by Republicans in Clermont County government. In case you’ve forgotten, here are a few of the lowlights:
- In November 2008, Republican County Commissioner Mary Walker pled guilty to a criminal charge of improperly influencing the award of a county contract to her son’s company. Mrs. Walker was forced to resign from the County Commission. Her husband, Doug Walker, was fired as Union Township Administrator earlier in 2008 for directing several hundred thousand dollars of township funds to the same company.
- In 2012, Republican County Commissioner Archie Wilson pled guilty in Kentucky to drug possession and soliciting prostitution. Apparently, Mr. Wilson didn’t use Ashley Madison. Mr. Wilson had to resign from the Clermont County Commission.
- Starting in January, 2002, according to the Ohio State Auditor’s Office, Republican County Engineer Pat Manger started using county vehicles, county resources, and county employees on county time to do his personal chores and to prepare campaign and fundraising materials. The State Auditor’s Office concluded that he kept that up until March, 2019. Later in 2019, Mr. Manger resigned as County Engineer and pled guilty to a crime of receiving improper compensation.
- In the Summer of 2019, our current Republican County Commissioners agreed to pay approximately $ 150,000 of County money (our tax dollars) to Mr. Hicks and his lawyers to settle a federal court lawsuit arising out of the personal feud between Mr. Hicks and former Republican County Commissioner and Republican Party Chair David Uible.
- In October, 2019, Mr. Uible pled guilty to criminal tampering with public records. In 2020, Mr. Uible is the candidate for State Senator endorsed by the Clermont County Republican Party.
This is what one-party Republican rule has done for Clermont County. We all need to make sure the voters don’t forget this.
Please join us for our annual pancake breakfast at Party Headquarters in Batavia on Saturday, March 14. We’ll be there from 9:00 a.m. until noon. You can get a free breakfast and then walk across Main Street and vote at the BOE.
Whether you vote early or on Primary Day, March 17, your Clermont County Democratic ballot will have a box for the office of County Commissioner in the middle column at about the center of the page. (See graphic to the left) There is no name in that box, just a circle and a line. PLEASE, darken in that circle and write the name Jeff Richards on the line. Tell your Democratic friends to do the same. Jeff needs at least 50 votes to get his name on the November general election ballot. That should be easy, but we all have to write Jeff in to get it done. Please write-in Jeff Richards for County Commissioner.