Meet the Candidate

Alan Darnowsky is our candidate for Ohio House District 65 which covers the northern half of Clermont County. Alan attended Yale on an engineering scholarship and graduated with a BA in Math and Computer Science. He worked forty years as an IT professional and owned his own software company for half that time. Running a business taught him how important it is to listen to people and that you have to get results for your customers to stay in business.

Alan is concerned that this country is losing its optimistic nature. He believes deeply in the idea of community. He believes we have a social responsibility to each other and we can do this and still remain fiscally prudent. Too many people have forgotten that good government played a role in reaching their current status.

In the state legislature, we need to focus on finding solutions for the citizens of Ohio instead of playing petty political games. The Republicans in our state just recycle the same candidates over and over so we get the same tired ideas over and over again. Alan will be a fresh voice with fresh ideas. We should recycle plastic and paper, not politicians. It’s time to break one-party rule and give our citizens a choice.

And here’s a special deal! If you donate to Alan’s campaign before December 31st you can earn a tax credit. Ohio has a law in effect until the end of this year that you earn a $50 tax credit for donating as a single filer or $100 for a joint return for donating those equal amounts to a candidate for state office. What a deal!  Donate to Alan’s campaign here. Visit Alan’s website here. Find Alan on Facebook here.


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AP Exclusive: Thousands of Ohio absentee applications denied

Thousands of Ohio voters were held up or stymied in their efforts to get absentee ballots for last year’s general election because of missing or mismatched signatures on their ballot applications, an Associated Press review has found. Read more.

Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian bills

An Ohio legislator who said he had “no knowledge” of a rightwing Christian bill mill called Project Blitz is, in fact, the co-chair of the state branch of an organization behind the campaign.

The Ohio state representative Timothy Ginter sponsored a bill called the Student Religious Liberties Act. Opponents argued the bill would provide students with a religious exemption to facts, and would frighten teachers and school administrators into including religion in school functions. Read more.

Cries of confusion, calls for redo on Newtonsville dissolve

Undeclared and undecided about sums up the situation in the village of Newtonsville after the Nov. 5 election. Unnecessary may be another word, depending on who you talk to. Read more.

Commentary: Democrats Need To Drop The Eeyore Act

Everyone knows that the donkey is the mascot and symbol of the Democratic Party, and has been for some time.

All the way back to 1828, in fact, when opponents of the presidential campaign of Andrew Jackson started calling him a jackass. Rather than being offended, Jackson thought it was funny and included the animal in his campaign posters. Read more.

Word from the County Chair – Ray Lembke

Not everyone who shares our democratic values feel comfortable under the formal structure of the Democratic Party. As a major party under Ohio law, we have certain powers and it is easier for us to get candidates on the ballot and support them than it is for minor parties and independents that lack the network of a major organization.

The Clermont County Democratic Party (CCDP) is governed by committees comprised of the Executive and Central Committees. The Central Committee is comprised of elected or appointed precinct captains. Much of how the Party operates is dictated by law or by the National or State Democratic Parties. As members of CCDP’s governing committees, we all take an oath to support, among other things, “the Constitutions, By-Laws and principles of the Democratic National Committee, the Ohio Democratic Party, and the Clermont County Democratic Party.” Read more.

“Nobody Is Above the Law” Events is organizing protests across the nation. Join this historic nationwide mobilization on the eve of Trump’s impeachment vote: RSVP for an event near you or sign up to host one. Events will be visible, family-friendly, public gatherings to demonstrate to our lawmakers that their constituents are behind them to defend the Constitution—and that Trump has left them no alternative to uphold their oath of office but to support impeachment and removal. Events are called for Tuesday, December 17th at 5:30 p.m. local time, but check your local event for a confirmed time and location. Numerous reports indicate that the House will vote on impeachment on Wednesday. December 18th. More information.

Bloomberg Campaign is Hiring

From the campaign: Mike Bloomberg 2020 is building a team of talented, hardworking colleagues to share Mike’s vision for America with voters around the country. Our approach is rooted in Mike’s unique experience and success across the fields of government, business, and philanthropy. We are searching for people who share Mike’s values of honesty, integrity, and inclusion to join us. The campaign is looking to hire Field Organizers and Regional Organizing Directors. Salary: $6000 per month paid through November 2020. All Mike Bloomberg 2020 full-time employees will be provided comprehensive benefits coverage including health care, vision, and dental insurance. You can find the Field Organizer job description here. And the Regional Organizing Director job description here. All resumes are to be directed to

Be a 2020 Democratic Delegate

The caucus for selecting potential national convention delegates committed to particular presidential candidates for Ohio’s Second Congressional District will be January 7, 2020 at Anderson High School, 7560 Forest Road, Cincinnati 45255. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the caucus begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. The people selected as delegates on January 7 will be convention delegates in Milwaukee next summer if the candidate to whom they are committed wins sufficient votes in the Second District in the March 17, 2020 primary election. The Democratic National Convention is in July. That’s when convention delegates will play a critical role in an historic event: voting to nominate the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, who will bring our party together to defeat Donald Trump.

The filing deadline to become a DNC delegate is Dec. 31, 2019 by 4 p.m. To apply to be a delegate click here.

Run for the Clermont County Democratic Central Committee

The Clermont County Democratic Party needs you! Precinct Captains are the voice between the Clermont County Democratic Party and their local neighborhood. They help to build the Democratic Party at its grass roots. Captains are a member of the CCDP Central Committee and attend monthly meetings. All 167 precincts in Clermont need one! There is no filing fee or signatures required to be on the ballot in the March 17, 2020 primary but you will need to file form 2-M with the Board of Elections. You can download the form here and file with the Board of Elections by December 18, 2019.

If you decide to run or have any questions please contact Chair Ray Lembke at (513) 236-5426 or email

Clermont County Democratic Party Holiday Gathering 2019


The Clermont County Democratic Party has groups all over the county. Join us! Meeting information is below. Click on the club name and it will take you to the club website or Facebook page for more information.

Quin-T Democrat Club
First Thursday of every month, 7:30 PM
Green Kayak Grille and Pub
200 Front Street
New Richmond, Ohio 45157
Loveland Action Team (LAT)
First Wednesday of every month, 6:30 PM
Loveland Historical Society Museum
201 Riverside Avenue
Loveland, Ohio 45140
Note: January 2020 meeting has
been changed to January 14.
West Clermont Democrats
Second Monday of every month, 7:00 PM
By Gollys
714 Lila Ave
Milford, OH 45150
Clermont County Young Democrats
Third Wednesday of every month, 7:00 PM
Eastgate Jungle Jim’s bar area
4450 Eastgate S Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45245
The Goshen Democratic Club
Third Thursday every other month, 6:00 PM
A Music Cafe
1513 Ohio 28
Loveland, Ohio 45140
Drinking Liberally
Third Monday of every month, 6:30 PM
El Rancho Grande Eastgate
4476 Glen Este Withamsville Rd.
Cincinnati OH 45245


Meetings are open to the public.

Everyone is welcome.

Executive Committee

6 PM, Fourth Thursday of every month at CCDP Headquarters
174 E Main Street
Batavia, OH 45103

Central Committee

7 PM, Immediately following the Executive Committee meeting.


Consider joining the Clermont County Donkey Club today. There are many different levels of membership to fit your budget. Your membership will help us build the Democratic Party in Clermont County, support our Democratic candidates and fund our outreach to voters. Whether it’s a one-time contribution or a recurring monthly contribution we appreciate your support. You can join by mailing a check made out to CCDP to PO Box 475, Batavia, Ohio 45103 or join online here.


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174 E. Main Street P.O. Box 475
Batavia, OH, 45103