• What’s New From Clermont to Columbus and Beyond
  • Word From The Chair – Raymond Lembke
  • Why You Should Care About The August 8 Special Election
  • Next Steps To Get Out The Vote On August 8
  • Join The Donkey Club Today
  • Clermont County Democratic Club Meetings
  • Clermont County Democratic Party Committee Meetings
  • Next Issue Publication Dates

What’s New From Clermont To Columbus And Beyond

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Nearly 185,000 ballots cast in early voting so far for Ohio’s Aug. 8 election

The Ohio Secretary of State’s website shows as of July 21, 184,612 Ohioans have cast ballots for the Aug. 8 election, either in person or by mail. A total of 155,183 ballots were cast in the first week of early voting. That’s a much bigger number than what was reported in last year’s August primary for legislative districts, when around 8% of registered voters cast ballots. CONTINUE READING

LaRose said Issue 1 would help prevent corruption. But it could make it even worse

“There’s a strong correlation between one-party rule and political corruption,” said University of Houston political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus. “Part of the reason is that once you get that power, you can manipulate the levers of power to keep that power.”

The measure LaRose is championing would gut a good-government reform advocated in 1912 by former President Theodore Roosevelt. It’s intended to give voters direct power in the face of a state government that might be “an instrument for the protection of privilege and of vested wrong” while ignoring the will of the voters. CONTINUE READING

Morgan Stanley credits Bidenomics for ‘much stronger’ than expected GDP growth

WASHINGTON — Morgan Stanley is crediting President Joe Biden’s economic policies with driving an unexpected surge in the U.S. economy that is so significant that the bank was forced to make a “sizable upward revision” to its estimates for U.S. gross domestic product. CONTINUE READING


The August 8 special election on Issue 1 is two weeks away. August elections used to be rare and not much to be excited about. This August election could not be more important. The choice is stark. A NO vote is a vote to retain the only means by which Ohioans can directly set state law and policy. A “yes” vote is a vote to give complete control of our state to politicians and very big money interests, such as the Illinois billionaire heavily funding the vote yes campaign. It is also rare that the correct vote in an election is as blatantly obvious as it is in this election. Defeating Issue 1 preserves a right Ohioans have had for over 100 years. Not even the proponents of Issue 1 have identified a single benefit ordinary Ohioans will receive if Issue 1 passes. CONTINUE READING

Why You Should Care About August 8 Ohio Issue 1 Election

Don’t Let Them Rig The Game

Important Voting Dates


Next Steps To Get Out The Vote
On August 8

To keep everyone up to date on what we’re doing, we will be hosting weekly briefings on the special election. Join Chairwoman Liz Walters for real-time updates over Zoom. To sign up click on the date below.

2 weeks out – Wednesday July 26th, 3:30 – 4:30 PM ET
1 week out – Wednesday August 2, 3:30 – 4:30 PM ET

Vote NO Campaign Virtual Phone bank and Training

Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:30 – 7:30pm EDT
Virtual event
Join from anywhere

Never made political calls before? No worries, you’re in good hands! At the outset of a phonebank, we’ll thoroughly train you on how to make phone calls. Then, we’ll pivot right into making some calls to voters! After you attend a training and the phone bank afterwards, you’ll be equipped to make calls anytime that works for your schedule in the future. REGISTER HERE

Election Day

Hand out Vote No literature at the polls. There are A LOT of shifts to cover. Sign up here!

Join The Donkey Club Today

It’s that time of year! 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

Clermont County Democratic Club Meetings



Next meeting is Thursday, August 3, 2023, 6:30 pm. at CCDP Headquarters. We will raffle off a copy of Democrats 101: A Primer for Us. Each attendee will be given a raffle ticket upon arrival. After regular club business we will have discussion time based on the book’s Ten Questions We Need To Ask Ourselves. Handouts will be provided. More details will be shared in the next email reminder for this meeting. If you are not on our email list contact us at quintdems@gmail.com We will have information about the August 8 Special Election as well.



Next meeting Wednesday, August 2, 2023, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. RSVP to Patty Lawrence at p.lawrence@fuse.net for location.




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 or Amanda Fox, Central Committee Secretary at: alvfox33@gmail.com for more information.

Clermont County Democratic Party Executive Committee

There will be no Executive Committee meeting in July due to the Clermont County Fair. We have an air-conditioned building on the fairgrounds and we need volunteers to staff the building during fair week. You may sign up to volunteer here.

Next Executive Committee meeting will be Thursday, August 24, 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.


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
Katherine Lent – Executive Committee Secretary



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Batavia, OH, 45103
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