• Today’s Bright Light
  • Word From The Chair – Raymond Lembke
  • Poll Workers Needed
  • What’s New From Clermont to Columbus and Beyond
  • CCDP Eat ‘n Vote Continental Breakfast
  • Election 2023 – CCDP Office Hours – Early Voting Dates
  • Join The Fight To Pass Issue One
  • Election 2024 – Offices Up For Election
  • Women Ready to Run Campaign Training
  • Join The Donkey Club Today
  • Clermont County Democratic Party Committee Meetings
  • Next Issue Publication Dates
  • Happy Halloween

We have enough gloom and doom today. Days are getting shorter. Conflicts across the globe. Conflicts in our own country. And on and on.

So in light of all this darkness we are going to introduce a new feature in the newsletter. Drum roll please. Today we present our first feature of:

Today’s Bright Light

Global Music Diplomacy Initiative

On September 27, 2023, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken launched the Global Music Diplomacy Initiative, a worldwide effort to elevate music as a diplomatic tool to promote peace and democracy and support the United States’ broader foreign policy goals. The initiative builds on existing music diplomacy efforts and delivers upon on the bipartisan Promoting Peace, Education, and Cultural Exchange (PEACE) Through Music Diplomacy Act that President Biden signed into law last year.

To launch the Global Music Diplomacy Initiative in Washington, DC., Secretary of State Antony Blinken plays and sings Muddy Watters “Hoochie Coochie Man”.


The question we are voting on in State Issue 1 is not whether abortion or contraception is right or wrong. The question we are voting on is who makes that decision. A Yes vote on Issue 1 is a vote for individual Ohioans to decide for themselves whether abortion or contraception is the right decision for them. A no vote on Issue 1 is a vote for the state government to make those decisions for every single Ohioan. Do you really want the politicians in Columbus making that decision for you? Put simply, the choice voters are making on Issue 1 is between individual liberty and government power. If voters understand that fact, Issue 1 should pass overwhelmingly. CONTINUE READING

Poll Workers Needed for November 7, 2023

We are still in need of PEOs (Precinct Election Officials) for the November 7, 2023 election. Most around Goshen, Jackson Township and Williamsburg. Call Leann Helton at 513-732-7488 or email at lhelton@vote.clermontcountyohio.gov at the Clermont County Board of Elections to find out how you can serve.

What’s New From Clermont To Columbus And Beyond

Click on the headline to access the full article

Sec. LaRose defends removing nearly 27,000 unresponsive voters ahead of November election

Every year, Ohio’s county election officials go through their voter rolls to remove inactive registrations. Typically, it happens in the summer between the primaries and the general election in November. But then a funny thing happened. CONTINUE READING

Signature gathering for group backing Ohio citizens redistricting panel delayed by typo

It’s back to the drawing board again for the group trying to change the process of drawing congressional and state legislative district maps through a ballot issue next year. And it’s all because of a typo. CONTINUE READING

LaRose uses state newsletter to promote Senate campaign

Frustrated former employees told the press that in their office “everything revolved around” Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s run for U.S. Senate. Now LaRose appears to be using the taxpayer-funded office’s newsletter in that campaign. CONTINUE READING

CCDP Headquarters Office Hours

For your convenience, the Clermont County Democratic Party office will be open during the following hours beginning Oct. 1 through election day, Nov. 7. Information and literature regarding Issue 1 will be available. The address is 174 E. Main St., Batavia. Phone: 513-732-2378. Thank you to all who have volunteered!

Election 2023


If you live in Batavia townships H or I or Batavia Village A, you will be voting in a new location this November.  Because of the closing of the middle school, you are being moved to the old high school gym on Bulldog Place. This will be the new administration building for Batavia Schools. There is a circle drive where the entrance is located.

Democrats on the ballot November 7, 2023

Myra Powers is running for the Milford School Board on the 2023 November ballot this year. Go to Myra Powers for Milford to learn more about Myra and donate to her campaign.

Emily Chesnut is running for reelection to the Milford School Board on the 2023 November ballot this year. To find out more about Emily and how you can support her campaign go to Chesnut for Milford. Check out her Facebook page at Emily Chesnut for School Board.

Deidre Hazelbaker is running for Loveland City Council on the 2023 November ballot. Go to Vote for Hazelbaker to learn more about Deidre and donate to her campaign. Check out her Facebook page at Vote for Hazelbaker.

Alice Rolfes is running for Monroe Township Trustee on the 2023 November ballot. You can donate to her campaign here.

Editors note: The most effective way to support a candidate is to donate to their campaign. No amount is too small. Since this is a non-partisan election year, meaning candidates political affiliation does not appear on the ballot, please let us know of any other Democratic candidates who may want recognition in this newsletter.

Issues on the ballot November 7, 2023

Issue 1: The Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety, if passed, would amend Article I of the Ohio Constitution. Go to Ohioans for Reproductive Freedom to download the the three page PDF that contains the language of the amendment and find out how you can help support the amendment.

Issue 2: An Act to Control and Regulate Adult Use Cannabis is an initiated statute proposal sponsored by “The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” (CRMLA). To download the language of the initiative and learn how you can support the effort go to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.


Join The Fight To Pass The Reproductive Freedom Amendment On November 7th

Talk to your friends and neighbors. Be sure they understand what Issue I really is. Issue 1 opponents are spreading lies about the amendment. Click here to download key talking points regarding Issue 1. Register someone to vote then take them to vote early. Put up a YES on Issue 1 yard sign. Below are more ways to get involved.

  • Ohio Dems November Election Virtual Phonebank and Training – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30pm EDT, virtual event, join from anywhere. Join other callers for these dialer phonebanks run by the Ohio Democratic Party as we put in the hard work to ensure that the Reproductive Freedom Constitutional Amendment passes this November! LEARN MORE

Election 2024

Democrats on the ballot November 5, 2024 – This is the big one!

Joseph Robinette Biden is running for a second term as POTUS in 2024. You know him. Vote for him! To support his campaign go to Joe Biden for President

Sherrod Brown is running for reelection for Ohio senator in 2024. You know him. Vote for him! To support his campaign go to Sherrod Brown for Senate.

(Possible) Issue on the ballot November 5, 2024

Citizen-led Statewide Redistricting Commission – Groups are starting to collect signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2024 ballot that would scrap Ohio’s current system for drawing legislative and congressional district maps and create a new one. Learn more.

Important Date

December 20, 2023 – Deadline to file declaration of candidacy for 2024 election by 4 p.m. at the Clermont County Board of Elections.

CLICK HERE  for a list of all county offices which will be up for re-election in 2024 along with their responsibilities, qualifications, and their salaries. All terms of office are for four years. Should you decide to run, there is a Secretary of State publication called the Candidate Requirement Guide that covers the formal requirements like the form of petition to use, the number of petition signatures required, and the filing fee. It is online at ohiosos.gov/globalassets/publications/election/2024_crg.pdf.

Women Ready to Run Campaign Training

We Need More Women in Government

Ready to Run is a nonpartisan campaign training program to encourage women to run for elected office, position themselves for appointed office, work on a campaign, or get involved in public life in other ways.

December 9, 2023
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Ohio State University
John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Page Hall
1810 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

$50 Registration
$0 Student


Must register by Dec. 2


Join The Donkey Club Today

We need your support. The Clermont County Democratic Party relies solely on donations from our friends to operate. Our Donkey Club is our major source of funding and we hope you will become a member today. 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 Patty Lawrence at p.lawrence@fuse.net for information on the next Central Committee meeting.

Clermont County Democratic Party Executive Committee

Next Executive Committee meeting TBD


Finance Committee– Chair – Ben Brady

Events Committee – Chair – Katherine Lent

Communications Committee – Chair – Michelle DeTemple
The Communications Committee meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm via Zoom.


Patty Lawrence – Central Committee Chair
Benjamin Indino – Central Committee Vice 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
Katherine Lent – Executive Committee Secretary



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