• Pepperspectives – Thoughts On Labor Day, Democracy and Unions
  • Join The Fight To Pass The Reproductive Freedom Amendment
  • New Job Openings From ODP
  • What’s New From Clermont to Columbus and Beyond
  • Word From The Chair – Raymond Lembke
  • Election 2023
  • Election 2024
  • Join The Donkey Club Today
  • Clermont County Democratic Club Meetings
  • Clermont County Democratic Party Committee Meetings
  • Next Issue Publication Dates


Thoughts On Labor Day, Democracy and Unions
The Corruption of Public Service and Uniting to Fight Back

While we celebrate unions, workers and all the good they fight for, it’s also a good day to remember the link between democracy, wages and public outcomes more broadly. And how powerful a force unions can be in saving our democracy, and lifting those outcomes. Continue Reading

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

  • Ohio Dems November 2023 Canvass Captain Zoom Training – Time – Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30pm EDT, virtual event, join from anywhere. To codify reproductive freedom into our state constitution this November, we need to knock 400,000 doors. Want to take on the most consequential volunteer role imaginable in this fight for repro? Join us for one of these training session to learn how to be a Canvass Captain! LEARN MORE
  • 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
  • Phone Bank – Register Dems in OH! Hosted by Field Team 6. Tuesdays 4 – 6pm EDT, virtual event, join from anywhere. Join Field Team 6 in making phone calls to unregistered likely Democrats… and turning them into registered Ohio Democrats! After the DECISIVE victory in the August Special Election, we need to register more new Dems in order to guarantee abortion rights in November 2023. And beyond that, re-electing Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) in 2024 is crucial to holding our Senate majority! LEARN MORE
  • Sign up now to get the most up to date information from Red Wine and Blue – Ohio on the Reproductive Freedom Amendment, including volunteer opportunities, information about yard signs, and plans to help get out the vote this fall. SIGN UP HERE

New Job Openings For ODP!

Below is info about two job openings at ODP. Please pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested.

Mobilization Manager
Deputy Data Director

What’s New From Clermont To Columbus And Beyond

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Analysis: Ohio GOP’s re-write of abortion rights ballot language is unlikely to make a difference

In the Aug. 8 special election, Frank LaRose, Ohio’s Republican secretary of state, was told in no uncertain terms that voters had no use for his plan to raise the bar for passing constitutional amendments to 60%. Issue 1 failed miserably; and was clearly aimed at making it harder for abortion rights advocates to pass the reproductive rights amendment on the November ballot, which would write access to abortion into the Ohio Constitution. CONTINUE READING

Not just Ohio: Biased language is the hot new tactic to thwart ballot measures

Abortion-rights supporters filed a lawsuit Monday (August 28) against what they call “deceptive” ballot language produced by Ohio officials for the state’s closely-watched upcoming referendum on the issue. But it isn’t just the Buckeye State that’s lately seeing fierce battles over the once-obscure topic of ballot language. CONTINUE READING

Analysis of new federal rule says it could help with child care costs in Ohio

An Ohio think tank is urging state support for a proposed federal rule could lower child care costs and benefit providers as well. The importance of access to high-quality child care is not lost on the country (or Ohio), but despite that, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said, “Most families struggle to find or afford high-quality child care for their children because of limited supply,” thus the basis for rule changes, the department stated. CONTINUE READING


What a difference three months make! Leading up to the August 8 special election, we were exhorting people to vote No on Issue 1. We are shifting 180 degrees for the November 7 election, encouraging people to vote Yes on State Issue 1. The reason for this shift, of course, is that Issue 1 on the August 8 ballot was completely different from Issue 1 which will appear on the November ballot. CONTINUE READING

Election 2023

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

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.

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.

Important Dates

October 10 Deadline for voter registration for Nov. 7, 2023 general election. To check your voter registration or to register online go here.
October 11 Early in-person voting begins for 2023 general election.

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.

Samantha Meadows is running again for Ohio District Two to unseat Brad Wenstrup in 2024. Please support her campaign. Wenstrup needs to go. To find out more about Samantha and how you can support her campaign go to Vote Meadows. Check out her Facebook page at Samantha Meadows for Congress OH02

(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.

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

Democratic Club Meetings


Attend the Sept 6 DIA meeting at Linda & Joe Furlong’s. Contact Patty Lawrence at info@democracyinactionohio.com for address. We gather at 6:30 and please bring a beverage or appetizer to share. Aftab Pureval will be the guest speaker scheduled to speak at 7:00. If you have not been to a DIA meeting, you are especially welcome to join us. Building our community is the way we grow and we want to have a big showing.




The next Quin-T Democrat Club meeting will be a social gathering at CCDP Headquarters in Batavia on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 6:30pm. More details forthcoming.


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

Next CCDP Central Committee meeting is Thursday, September 14, 2023 at Beans and Brew, 97 E. Main St., Batavia, Ohio 45103. Arrive between 6:00 to 7:00 to eat, drink and social hour. Meeting will be from 7 to 8. The agenda has two main objectives: candidates and goal setting. Please RSVP to Patty Lawrence at p.lawrence@fuse.net

Clermont County Democratic Party Executive Committee

Next Executive Committee meeting will be Thursday, September 28, 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

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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