• Hakeem Jeffries Speech to the 118th Congress
  • Word From The Chair – Raymond Lembke
  • What’s New From Clermont to Columbus and Beyond
  • Pepperspectives
  • 2023 Recruiting Starts Now
  • Join The Donkey Club
  • Clermont County Democratic Party Committee Meetings
  • Next Issue Publication Dates

Hakeem Jeffries, Leader of House Democrats, Speech to the 118th Congress

Watch Hakeem Jeffries historic first speech as the new leader of the Democratic House Caucus. His speech will fill you with hope and optimism. The video is about fifteen minutes long so grab a cup and buckle up. Click here to watch.


We have at least one election every year in Ohio. In 2023, Clermont Countians will be electing school board members, members of city and village councils, and township trustees. These are important jobs that affect all of us where we live. CONTINUE READING

What’s New From Clermont To Columbus And Beyond

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President Biden highlights Brent Spence Bridge project during visit to Kentucky

President Joe Biden highlighted the Brent Spence Bridge project Wednesday, while standing in its shadow during a stop in northern Kentucky. The existing bridge, which connects Kentucky and Ohio, will undergo repairs, and a new companion bridge will be built to improve traffic flow. It’s one of the biggest infrastructure projects of the new year, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by Biden last year. CONTINUE READING

Statehouse ‘coup’ — Ohio GOP members bitterly divided by deal with Democrats to elect ‘moderate’ House Speaker

Late-night phone calls, behind-closed-door bargaining and a deal with the Democrats led to a remarkable upset in the race for the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives. Now, the state Republican party has censured the 22 GOP members who voted against the originally-chosen candidate. CONTINUE READING

Ohio Organizations Sue Over State’s New Voter Suppression Law

On Friday, Jan. 6, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Ohio Federation of Teachers, Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans and Union Veterans Council sued over Ohio’s new voter suppression law, House Bill 458, which was enacted earlier today. The law — which was passed despite the fact that both Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) have praised the state’s election apparatus in recent years and confirmed there is no widespread fraud — imposes three new restrictions on the voting process. CONTINUE READING

Opinion – How did politics get so awful? I blame MTV circa 1992

Everyone has a theory about why American politics today is so awful. I blame MTV. More specifically, I blame the music channel’s “Rock the Vote” campaign in the early 1990s. That’s the moment when the tastemakers of popular culture decided the widespread perception that politics isn’t cool was a problem to be solved. Politics had to be made cool. And therefore not boring. CONTINUE READING


Taking the Trash Out
The Latest Voter Suppression in Ohio

by David Pepper

The show “The West Wing” made the term famous: in politics, late Friday is when you take the trash out. You wait as late as possible in the week, when the press is closing up shop and regular folks are tuning out for the weekend, to do something you don’t want people to notice. CONTINUE READING

LEAD Ohio “The ‘Pow-Her’ To Run for Office”
Wednesday, January 18 – 6:30-8:00pm
Virtual Meeting

In this free virtual training, our Executive Director, Louise Valentine, will walk you through the beginning steps of how to run for office. We will cover a wide range of topics including:

Who should consider running for office
What offices are available to run for
When you should begin planning to run
How to get on the ballot and begin planning your campaign
Why it is important for women to run for office in Ohio
And so much more!

All are welcome to join us for this free virtual training on Wednesday, January 18th, from 6:30-8:00pm. REGISTER HERE

Identifying Strong Candidates to Run for Office

Virtual Live Training
January 26, 2023
1:00pm – 2:00pm (ET)

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Thursday, January 26th from 1pm-2pm ET for a free virtual live training on Identifying Strong Candidates to Run for Office, designed to build the bench of Democrats in your community. We’re here to help, so join us to learn the following:

  • Learn effective methods for finding strong candidates to run for political office
  • Recognize common traits of strong candidates for political office
  • Understand the time frame to identify candidates to run for office


Recruiting Candidates for Political Office

Virtual Live Training
Jan 27, 2023
1:00pm – 2:00pm (ET)

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Friday, January 27th from 1pm-2pm ET for a free virtual live training on Recruiting Candidates for Political Office, designed to build the bench of Democrats in your community. We’re here to help, so join us to learn the following:

  • Explore strategies for persuading individuals to run for office
  • Explain the positive impact of running for office
  • Identify systems of support in place for those running for office


Join The Donkey Club

Our Donkey Club is our major source of funding and we hope you will become a member by joining. Member benefits below.

  • A headquarters located centrally in the county in Batavia
  • A bi-monthly e-newsletter
  • A robust Internet presence on our Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Support for our Democratic candidates

Click the Donate button below and make your donation securely online through ActBlue or mail a check. Make Checks payable to: Clermont County Democratic Party (CCDP), PO Box 475, Batavia, OH 45103

Thank you for your support! Raymond W. Lembke, Party Chairman Clermont County Democratic Party



Below is a listing of Democratic groups in Clermont County. Click on the name of each club and it will take you to their website or Facebook page with updated information about meetings.

Quin-T Democrat ClubDemocracy In Action
West Clermont DemocratsClermont County Young Democrats
The Goshen Democratic ClubDrinking Liberally

Clermont County Democratic Party Central Committee

Please contact Ben Indino, Central Committee Chair at: benjamin.indino@gmail.com for more information.

Clermont County Democratic Party Executive Committee

Next Executive Committee meeting will be Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 7:00 pm

This will be a hybrid meeting with choice of in-person at headquarters, 174 E. Main Street, Batavia, Ohio 45103 and via Zoom. Central Committee members are encouraged to attend.


CCDP has four active committees. Each committee needs volunteers. Please consider getting involved. The strength of our party is our volunteers. You may contact the respective Chairs of each committee below by clicking on their name if you are interested in volunteering.

Finance Committee– Chair – Ben Brady

Events Committee – Chair – Katherine Lent

By-laws Review Committee– Chair- Gregg Conrad

Communications Committee – Chair – Michelle DeTemple



Benjamin Indino – Central Committee Chair
Tracy Jo Small – Central Committee Vice Chair
Amanda Fox – Central Committee Secretary

Raymond Lembke – Executive Committee Chair
Elaine Barnett – Executive Committee Vice Chair
Chris Barnett – Treasurer
Bonnie Carlier – Executive Committee Secretary




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Next issue will be published Tuesday, January 24, 2023. Deadline for submissions for the next issue is Friday, January 20, 2023. Send your submission with “CCDP Newsletter” in the subject line to our newsletter editor Cheryl Richards at: cheryl1richards@gmail.com

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Batavia, OH, 45103
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