• President Biden’s Full Speech On Democracy
  • In Their Own Words
  • Candidate Events And News
  • Plan Your Vote
  • What’s New From Clermont to Columbus and Beyond
  • Word From The Chair – Raymond Lembke
  • Join The Donkey Club
  • Reading Room
  • Clermont County Democratic Organization Meetings
  • Clermont County Democratic Organization Directory
  • Next Issue Publication Dates

President Biden’s Full Speech on Democracy

Click on the photo to listen to the full speech. Approximately 25 minutes long.

Excerpt from President Biden’s speech: “But I’m an American President — not the President of red America or blue America, but of all America.

And I believe it is my duty — my duty to level with you, to tell the truth no matter how difficult, no matter how painful.

And here, in my view, is what is true: MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people.” Read the transcript here.

In Their Own Words


Candidate Events And News

Tim Ryan Victory Fund
Fundraising Reception

Monday September 12, 2022
5:30PM – 7:00PM
Address provided upon RSVP
RSVP by email to Kelen Jones at kelen@timforoh.com
or call (614) 506-9978

This is Brian Flick, your Democratic Nominee for State Representative in HD-62. I’m a Clermont resident and have spent my life as an attorney and consumer advocate. Now I’m running for State Representative to fight for you. The people of District 62 deserve to be confident in knowing that their representative in Columbus is an advocate who shares their values and goals, not a politician who serves the needs of her wallet and special interests. I’m running to deliver real change for my community and to fight back against the dangerous extremists in the State House. It’s time we have a representative who understands the needs of our neighborhoods. But to enact real change and help flip Clermont County, it’s going to take all of us. Can I count on a $25 donation today?

You can sign up as a volunteer for Brian’s campaign here. You can donate to Brian’s campaign here.

There are three ways to vote in Ohio:

  1. Vote by mail
  2. Vote early in person beginning October 12
  3. Vote in person on Election Day November 8th.

The earliest you can vote is to vote by mail but it takes some steps and you must carefully follow instructions. To vote by mail in Ohio, you must first REQUEST your mail-in ballot by obtaining an absentee ballot application. There are three main ways to get your application:

  1. You can call Clermont County Board of Elections at 513-732-7275 and ask them to mail you a copy of the absentee ballot application.
  2. You can download and fill out an absentee ballot application at this link.
  3. You can go to Clermont County Board of Elections, 76 S.Riverside Dr., Batavia, Ohio 45103 and complete the absentee ballot application in-person.

Once you receive the application, you must print (if your download the application), sign, and return the application by mail or drop it off at the Clermont County Board of Elections office.

REMEMBER: ACT QUICKLY! REQUEST YOUR BALLOT NOW TO ENSURE AMPLE TIME TO RETURN IT. In the next issue we’ll go over the instructions on how to fill out and return your ballot.

We urge you to check your voter registration and plan your vote for November 8, 2022. The deadline to register for the November 8th general election is October 11, 2022. You can check your registration here


What’s New From Clermont To Columbus And Beyond

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More Ohio Women Register To Vote After Abortion Ruling

Columbus, OH — In case you missed it, the Columbus Dispatch’s Anna Staver broke down the increased interest in November’s elections following the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Women in Ohio are out registering men by more than a 10-point margin following the Dobbs decision, and organizations like the Ohio Democratic Party are seeing a massive increase in grassroots interest. Ohioans know that reproductive rights are on the line this November, and they’re not going to allow politicians like J.D. Vance and Mike DeWine to take our state backward. Continue reading

2020 election denier and Ohio secretary of state hopeful is ruled ineligible for November ballot

Assistant Ohio Secretary of State Kimberly Burns said podcaster Terpsehore Maras is not eligible to be on the Nov. 2022 ballot as an independent candidate for secretary of state.

Maras, who denies former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election in her podcasts, wanted to run for Ohio’s top elections post and her name was to be on the ballot alongside Frank LaRose, the Republican incumbent running for re-election, and Chelsea Clark, the Democratic candidate. Continue reading

Redistricting: One year later, Ohio a unique, flawed case

One year after the saga of redistricting began, Ohio is seen as a unique case study in the legal strategies and flaws that can emerge in the process. Ohio’s journey to develop maps for the legislative and congressional voting districts began with the convening of the Ohio Redistricting Commission by Gov. Mike DeWine, himself a member. Continue reading

WORD FROM THE CHAIR – RAYMOND LEMBKE In the 1972 movie-musical Cabaret, John Kander and Fritz Ebb included a song with the refrain “money makes the world go round.” While Cabaret

was set in pre-World War II Berlin, this statement is even more true in 2022 Ohio politics. It is a very safe bet that we will see more money spent in Ohio this year to support and oppose candidates than ever before in our state’s history. Continue Reading


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 where you can attend Central and Executive Business Meetings of the party as well as other events
  • A bi-monthly e-newsletter with the latest local and national news, information about candidates and activist opportunities
  • A robust Internet presence on our Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • You are helping SUPPORT OUR CANDIDATES and supporting our participation in the Clermont County Fair and other community events around the county

Suggested donation amounts: $50 Individual, $100 Couple, $200 Family, $250 Congressional, $500 Senate, $1000 Presidential

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


The Accidental President by A. J. Baime

A hypnotically fast-paced, masterful reporting of Harry Truman’s first 120 days as president, when he took on Germany, Japan, Stalin, and a secret weapon of unimaginable power—marking the most dramatic rise to greatness in American history. Chosen as FDR’s fourth-term vice president for his well-praised work ethic, good judgment, and lack of enemies, Harry S. Truman was the prototypical ordinary man. That is, until he was shockingly thrust in over his head after FDR’s sudden death. Learn More



Monday, September 12, 2022

West Clermont Democrats will meet Monday, September 12, 2022 starting at 7pm. There will be a social time from 7 – 7:30pm. The official meeting will begin at 7:30pm. The agenda will include state house updates from Columbus. Location Day Heights Fireman’s Memorial Building 1313 OH-131, Day Heights, OH 45150

Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

What is Drinking Liberally?
An informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don’t need to be a policy expert and this isn’t a book club – just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it’s not taboo to talk politics. When? Last Monday of each month. Arrive between 6:30pm & 7:00 pm Where? El Rancho Grande Eastgate. 4476 Glen Este-Withamsville Rd.

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Come meet your fellow Democrats in Clermont County. The Quin-T Democrat Club will be meeting Thursday, October 6th starting at 6:30pm at the CCDP headquarters at 174 E. Main St., Batavia, Ohio. We will have an half hour social time between 6:30pm and 7:00pm. Feel free to bring something to eat and drink. Grammas Pizza is right next door to headquarters. At 7:00pm there will be a formal meeting with a short agenda. The remaining time will be used for an open forum and mingling with fellow Democrats. Information about the candidates running in the mid-term election on November 8, 2022 will also be provided.



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, September 22, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. 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.


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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