• In Memoriam- Tim Hogan, Melanie Ogg
  • Word From The Chair – Raymond Lembke
  • CCDP Office Hours
  • Vote Yes Signs Are In
  • What’s New From Clermont to Columbus and Beyond
  • Warning: Potential Miami Township Charter School
  • Election 2023
  • Eat ‘n Vote Continental Breakfast Event
  • Join The Fight To Pass Issue One
  • Election 2024
  • Is Your General Assembly Working For You?
  • Join The Donkey Club Today
  • Clermont County Democratic Club Meetings
  • Clermont County Democratic Party Committee Meetings
  • Next Issue Publication Dates

Tim Hogan

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Tim Hogan, a long time supporter of the Clermont County Democratic Party. While in his 20’s Tim became involved in Democratic politics in Clermont County and was elected County Commissioner in 1974, then the youngest County Commissioner in Ohio. He served from 1974 to 1978. During his term of office jobs were his priority and he brought the Ford plant to the county among many other developments. Tim stayed active in Democratic politics and was elected to the Ohio Democratic Central Committee for the 14th District in 2018. He loved meeting people and championing rural counties and most recently served as our representative to the state executive board. He also served the party for many years as an at-large member of the county executive board and was a strong financial supporter. A funeral mass for Tim will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 12 at St. Andrew Church, 552 Main Street, Milford, Ohio. The mass will be followed by an “Irish Wake.”

Melanie Ogg

Melanie Ogg of Scioto County passed away on Thursday, September, 28, 2023 at SOMC Hospice. Melanie was our elected Ohio Democratic Party Executive Committee Woman for several years. She was a proud member of the Democratic Party. She served on the Ohio State Central Committee, served as Treasurer of the Scioto County Democratic Party, was a member of the League of Women Voters and was in the Scioto County Democratic Party Hall of Fame. A Celebration of Melanie’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family is setting up a scholarship in Melanie’s name. Arrangements are under the direction of the Roger W. Davis Funeral Home in West Portsmouth. Condolences may be sent to www.rogerwdavisfuneralhome.com


2023 must be an anomaly. Ohio has elections annually. In most years, turnout for the odd-numbered year elections is small. That cannot happen in November 2023. Why? Because State Issue 1, the Reproductive Freedom Amendment, is on the ballot. Whether and when to give birth is one of the most intimate and important decisions a woman or a couple can make. Republicans and the extremist Right believe the State has the power to make that decision (although they deny that the State has the power to act to stop the spread of deadly diseases). Passing Issue 1 will take the power away from the politicians in Columbus and put it where it belongs: with the woman or couple and their doctor. This is a basic human right. Every thinking person must get out and vote Yes on Issue 1. 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, literature and signs 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!


You may pick up signs at the Clermont County Democratic Party office at 174 E. Main St., Batavia, Ohio 45103, hours listed above.
We have 400 signs! Let’s flood Clermont County and GOTV!

What’s New From Clermont To Columbus And Beyond

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LaRose is giving the finger to Ohioans. He’s intentionally misleading you on abortion

The only thing stopping a total abortion ban from taking effect in Ohio is your yes vote on Issue 1 on November 7. Mere hours after the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade came down, out-of-touch politicians at the statehouse rushed to federal court to implement a six-week abortion ban that has no exceptions for rape, incest, or to protect the life of the woman. CONTINUE READING

Ohio Redistricting Commission co-chair defends Dem teamwork, despite process issues, criticism

House Minority Leader Allison Russo prefaced her “yes” vote on Tuesday night by saying she was voting not because she supported the maps, but more because she wanted to take the process out of the hands of the current commission. “Every step of this process has been nothing but political,” she said in a statement. “Every negotiating tactic has come with a political angle. Every district we’ve discussed has been viewed as a political pawn.” CONTINUE READING

Student debt relief scams on the rise. Here’s what borrowers need to know

Complaints about student debt relief scams are increasing as the date approaches for borrowers to restart payment on their student loans after more than a three-year pause. Consumer protection advocates say that the Biden administration’s student debt relief efforts, the subsequent halting of those policies by the courts, and the restart of student loan payments have bred confusion that allow companies to take advantage of borrowers. CONTINUE READING

Warning: Potential Miami Township Charter School

Facebook message from Alan Darnosky on potential charter school in Miami Township: I don’t know how many of you have received an email from Rita Fisher about a potential new charter school in Miami Township. Cincinnati Classical Academy wants to open a branch off Wards Corner behind the Hilton Garden Inn. Her email makes it sound very benign. However what Mrs. Fisher neglects to say is that Cincinnati Classical Academy is “(i)n partnership with Hillsdale College”. Hillsdale College is an extremely conservative school that has links to Moms For Liberty and the 1776 curriculum. 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

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.

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

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
  • Protect Abortion Rights in Ohio: Postcards to Voters hosted by Activate America This November, Ohio voters will be heading to the polls to vote on an amendment that would enshrine abortion protections in their constitution. We know a majority of Ohioans support protecting abortion rights with an amendment. Let’s Get Out The Vote!. Sign up for postcard lists today to ensure Democratic voters have the info they need to vote. Please write postcards now and mail them starting October 4 through October 28 at the latest. SIGN UP HERE

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.

Is Your Ohio General Assembly Working For You?

Over the last decade the Ohio General Assembly, also known as the State Legislature, has been illegally gerrymandered into a Republican Super Majority. But that does not render Ohio Democrats helpless. We are hearing from the Democrats serving in the Ohio House that Republicans in the Ohio House are not hearing from opponents to their policies. So the Republicans tell their colleagues no one is against them.

Here’s the deal, all reps are required to log every phone call and email from constituents. We need ALL good Democrats to call or email their state reps and senators every day or every week. Whether your issue is gun safety, reproductive rights, corruption in our government, voter suppression or public education, CALL YOUR REPS! Below is the contact information for Clermont County reps and senator.

Adam Bird State Rep Ohio District 63 (southern Clermont County)

Email: https://ohiohouse.gov/members/adam-c-bird/contact
(614) 644-6034
Twitter @AdamCBird

Jeanne Schmidt State Rep Ohio District 62 (northern Clermont County)
Email: https://www.ohiohouse.gov/members/jean-schmidt/contact
(614) 466-8134

Terry Johnson State Senator Ohio District 14 (all of Clermont County)
Email: https://ohiosenate.gov/members/terry-johnson/contact
(614) 466-8082

Looking for an issue to call about? Read the article below.

Ohio bill to raise minimum wage to $15, eliminate tipped worker distinction has sponsor testimony

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

Join us Wednesday, Oct. 4 at our next DIA meeting to learn about what’s going on in our community. Two main topics at our DIA meeting. 1. Marvin Albrinca, owner of Esoteric Brewery and Loveland resident is our featured speaker. He will be speaking about building community. 2. Issue 1 updates including signs, and literature. We gather at Pam Sisney’s house: 6323 Evergreen Lane in Loveland. Friends gather at 6:30 p.m.; you are welcome to bring a dish or beverage to share. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.




Come hang out with fellow Democrats at the next Quin-T Democrat Club meeting. This will be a social gathering at CCDP Headquarters in Batavia on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 6:30pm. We will provide pizza. Bring your own adult beverage. Alice Rolfes, candidate for Monroe Township trustee will join us to introduce herself and distribute signs for her campaign.



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 will be Thursday, October 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 three 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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