• Word From The Chair – Raymond Lembke
  • What’s New From Clermont to Columbus and Beyond
  • Take Action
  • 2023 Recruiting Starts Now
  • Join The Donkey Club
  • Clermont County Democratic Party Committee Meetings
  • Next Issue Publication Dates


This is not the time for Democrats to crawl into the corner and lick wounds. Many of us have already had discussions about what we should do next and how we can do better. CONTINUE READING


What’s New From Clermont To Columbus And Beyond

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One organization comes forward in support of amendment supermajority requirement

The Opportunity Solutions Project’s CEO, Tarren Bragdon, is also the CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability, which has close ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Founded by right-wing billionaire Charles Koch, ALEC crafts model policy bills for legislators to use around the country.

Ohio state Rep. Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, who sits on the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee, also sits on ALEC’s Board of Directors. Seitz currently has a separate bill moving to install photo voter ID in Ohio, as well as legislation to overhaul the Ohio Elections Commission. CONTINUE READING

Senate Republicans add oil and gas lease provisions to poultry bill at eleventh hour

Last week in the Ohio Senate Agriculture committee, Republican members used a measure tied to retail poultry purchases to clear the path for greater oil and gas drilling on public lands. State Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, added the language as part of a series of amendments meant to advance unrelated policy changes. CONTINUE READING

An Elite Power Grab Dressed in Academic Robes

If you have not heard of the independent state legislature (ISL) theory, congratulations. You lead a happier life than I do. Not just because it represents a terrifying power grab by federal judicial supremacists, but also because it has a day-ruining bad name. The ISL theory is not a doctrine, it does not grant anyone independence and it is not about supporting state legislatures. If you’re confused, that’s kind of the point. CONTINUE READING

Take Action to Oppose Sub HB294 and HB458

Two bills are moving through the lame duck Ohio legislature that represent a direct attack on Ohioans’ voting rights.

House Bill 458, a bill about special elections, has been modified in the Senate to restrict drop box availability, limit the time for early voting, add new identification requirements that will make it harder for many voters to cast a ballot, and to stop accepting ballots that arrive after election day, even if they are postmarked by the day of the election.

House Bill 294, like HB458, limits drop boxes and early voting, including eliminating the last Monday of early voting. Sponsors of the bill say it could also be amended to add the same new strict limits on the form of identification voters can use to cast a ballot. Both bills represent a major threat to voting rights and must be stopped.

Send a message to your State Representative and Senator today to tell them to respect Ohioans’ right to vote by opposing both Sub HB 294 and HB458.

It’s easy. Simply fill in your name and address, click “START WRITING” and you will be directed to a form letter that you can edit or not. The letter will then be sent to your respective Ohio State Senator and State Rep.



Women LEADing Ohio – “Pow-Her” to Run for Office informational session
In this free virtual training, our Deputy Director, Louise Valentine, will walk you through the beginning steps of how to run for office. We will cover a wide range of topics including:

Who should consider running for office
What offices are available to run for
When you should begin planning to run
How to get on the ballot and begin planning your campaign
Why it is important for women to run for office in Ohio
And so much more!

All are welcome to join us for this free virtual training on Tuesday, December 13th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. If you have any questions, reach out to us at info@leadohio.org.

The zoom link for this event will be emailed the afternoon of the event. See you then!!


Identifying Strong Candidates to Run for Office

Virtual Live Training
January 26, 2023
1:00pm – 2:00pm (ET)

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Thursday, January 26th from 1pm-2pm ET for a free virtual live training on Identifying Strong Candidates to Run for Office, designed to build the bench of Democrats in your community. We’re here to help, so join us to learn the following:

  • Learn effective methods for finding strong candidates to run for political office
  • Recognize common traits of strong candidates for political office
  • Understand the time frame to identify candidates to run for office


Recruiting Candidates for Political Office

Virtual Live Training
Jan 27, 2023
1:00pm – 2:00pm (ET)

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Friday, January 27th from 1pm-2pm ET for a free virtual live training on Recruiting Candidates for Political Office, designed to build the bench of Democrats in your community. We’re here to help, so join us to learn the following:

  • Explore strategies for persuading individuals to run for office
  • Explain the positive impact of running for office
  • Identify systems of support in place for those running for office


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
  • 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 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, January 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 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

By-laws Review Committee– Chair- Gregg Conrad

Communications Committee – Chair – Michelle DeTemple



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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Batavia, OH, 45103
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