• 2023 Clermont County Dems Fair Week- Need Volunteers
  • Ohio Democracy On the Line – Vote No August 8
  • Learn More About Issue 1
  • Next Steps to Get Out The Vote On August 8
  • Word From The Chair – Raymond Lembke
  • What’s New From Clermont to Columbus and Beyond
  • ODP Family Reunion
  • Is Your Ohio 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

2023 Clermont County Dems Fair Week
Need Volunteers
Sunday, July 23 – Saturday, July 29, 2023

Join your Dem friends at the 2023 Clermont County Fair. Let’s show Clermont County that Democrats are here! Volunteer for a four-hour shift, or stay longer and sign up for multiple shifts and, or multiple days. (Minimum shift is two hours). Volunteering in our air-conditioned building includes a fair ticket and parking.

Hours are:
7/23/23 – Sunday – Parade Day & Armed Forces Day – 12pm-6pm
7/24/23 – Monday – 10am-8pm
7/25/23 – Tuesday – 10am-8pm
7/26/23 – Wednesday – Seniors Day – 10am-8pm
7/27/23 – Thursday – 10am-8pm
7/28/23 – Friday – 10am-9pm
7/29/23 – Saturday – 10am-9pm

7/30/23 – Sunday – Clean Up Day – 11am-1pm

Everyone is encouraged to volunteer for any day and any time! SIGN UP HERE

*Hours subject to change based on coverage.

2023 Clermont County Fair Events

Important Voting Dates

Citizens’ Voices, Issue 1, August 8 Special Election, Protection of Reproductive Rights in Ohio and SCOTUS Dobbs decision are all related – Learn More

Dobbs, One Year Later – Its Gaslighting is More Clear than Ever

Special Election: Tuesday, August 8, 2023- State Issue 1; Know The Facts Before You Vote!

Looney Tunes lawmakers out to trick Ohio voters with ‘weasel word’

Restaurant association won’t comment on its allies in fight to lock down Ohio Constitution

Ohio Issue 1 latest example of sliding government accountability, transparency

Billionaire backing effort to raise Ohio amendment threshold funded election deniers, Jan. 6 rally

Next Steps To Get Out The Vote
On August 8

This is a get out the vote (GOTV) effort. And educate the public effort. Many people are not even aware there’s a special election on August 8 in Ohio or what is on the ballot.

Canvassing has proven to be the most effective effort to get voters to the polls. Phone calls, writing postcards and yard signs will be utilized for this GOTV/education effort as well. Literature will be available at the Clermont County Fair Democratic Party booth. Literature needs to be handed out at every festival and summer event. Please volunteer if you are able.

Here are some contacts to help get you started.

  • Democracy In Action Ohio is leading the canvassing effort. Distribute literature and get exercise too. Contact: jane@democracyinaction.com
  • The Clermont County Democratic Party has ordered yard signs and they should be available next week. Contact information for the party is at the end of this newsletter.
  • Contact: julie@democracyinaction.com with Democracy In Action for more information on their postcard writing campaign.
  • The Ohio Democratic Party is sponsoring phone banking and training. See below.

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



As I said in a previous column, I’m spending a lot of time on Issue 1. That is because Issue 1 is very important. If passed, it will effectively eliminate the ability of Ohioans to change our basic state law independent of the General Assembly. Anyone who thinks that the General Assembly watches out for the interests of all Ohioans needs to remember one name: Larry Householder, the former Republican speaker of the Ohio House convicted by a jury of racketeering for selling his power to pass legislation to special interests. Just as Issue 1 would make it practically impossible for Ohio citizens to amend our Ohio Constitution, the same provisions in Issue 1 will make it practically impossible to repeal Issue 1 in the future. If Republicans were not so short-sighted, they would realize that Issue 1 would render them largely powerless if a Democratic majority returns to our General Assembly. Of course, a major motive behind Issue 1 is to ensure that never happens, and passage of Issue 1 could well have that effect. CONTINUE READING

What’s New From Clermont To Columbus And Beyond

Click on the headline to access the full article

Clermont County bans large solar and wind farms in seven townships: ‘We like our county the way it is’

BATAVIA, Ohio — Clermont County Commissioners unanimously voted to ban large solar and wind projects in seven townships after a contentious public hearing on Wednesday where residents criticized solar and described one facility under construction as “almost 700 acres of pure hell.” CONTINUE READING

Ohio redistricting slated for later this summer, maps in September, Senate president predicts

Both Ohio’s U.S. Congressional district maps and Statehouse maps were declared unconstitutional gerrymanders multiple times by a bipartisan majority of the former Ohio Supreme Court, but voters were nevertheless forced to vote under them in 2022 after Republicans on the Ohio Redistricting Commission ran out the clock and appealed to a federal court. CONTINUE READING

U.S. Senate Confirms 100th Federal District Court Judge, Natasha Merle

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, June 21, the U.S. Senate voted 50-49 to confirm President Joe Biden’s 100th federal district court judge nominee, Natasha Merle. With the confirmation of Natasha Merle to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the Democratic-controlled Senate has voted to confirm 100 district court judges. CONTINUE READING

Is Your Ohio General Assembly Working For You?

Unfortunately right now 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.

So here’s the deal, all reps are required to log every phone call and email from constituents, so 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. Republicans in Columbus are trying to take away the voice of the citizens in Ohio by raising the threshold to pass citizen initiatives to 60% instead of a simple majority of 50 plus one.

“An Attempt to Fool Voters.” Ohio GOP sets up vote to weaken direct democracy

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



There will be NO Quin-T meeting in July. Next meeting Thursday, August 3, 2023, 6:30 pm





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

The next Central Committee meeting will be Wednesday, July 12, 2023. 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, however 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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