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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


Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dodd decision last summer overruling Roe v. Wade our gerrymandered state legislature has passed legislation intended to make it impossible for a woman to obtain an abortion in Ohio for any reason.

When asked why abortions are being banned even for rape victims, one of our Clermont County legislators said publicly that a woman who becomes pregnant from a rape has been given an “opportunity.”

There are groups working to put an issue on the ballot to amend our Ohio Constitution to give women a state constitutional right to obtain an abortion in some circumstances if the woman chooses to do so. This effort has now passed a critical second step. The Ohio Attorney General has approved the language that these groups want to put on the ballot for voters to read. CONTINUE READING

What’s New From Clermont To Columbus And Beyond

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In Selma, Biden says right to vote remains under assault

The visit to Selma was a chance for Biden to speak directly to the current generation of civil rights activists. Many feel let down because of the lack of progress on voting rights and they are eager to see his administration keep the issue in the spotlight. CONTINUE READING

Analysis: Love it or loathe it, you need to get familiar with Ohio’s new voter ID law now

Up until January House Bill 458 — a set of sweeping changes to the way Ohio conducts its elections — was a subject of intense debate in Ohio political circles. Now that Gov. Mike DeWine has signed it, it is still being debated, but it is now the law of the land. CONTINUE READING

Ohio abortion rights amendment takes next step after petition language certified

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has certified petition summary language for a proposed amendment to protect abortion rights in the state constitution, which organizers hope to place on the November ballot.

The Ohio Ballot Board will now determine whether or not the initiative only involves changing only one amendment, as required. If approved by the Ballot Board, it gets sent back to the Attorney General, who turns it in to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, at which point full signature-gathering can begin. CONTINUE READING

Volunteer To Protect Reproductive Rights In Ohio

Learn how to circulate petitions and help Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights and Ohioans for Reproductive Freedom effort to get a Constitutional amendment on the ballot to #ProtectChoiceOhio SIGN UP FOR TRAINING HERE

ACLU of Ohio Abortion Defenders Campaign Launch

Online Large Meeting
Monday, March 13, 2023
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET

The time is NOW to protect Abortion access in Ohio. The ACLU of Ohio, along with a multitude of organizations, is working to put abortion on the ballot this year through a citizen initiated effort. REGISTER HERE

What We’re Fighting For: The Legal Landscape of Abortion in Ohio

Tuesday, March 14, 2023
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

Finding it hard to keep up with the ever-changing state of abortion access in Ohio? Want to know more about the effort to enshrine reproductive rights into the Ohio Constitution? Join

Red Wine & Blue Team Ohio for a virtual event featuring Jessie Hill, the lead attorney with ACLU Ohio, which successfully won the injunction on the 6-week abortion ban that went into place immediately after Roe v Wade was overturned. SIGN UP HERE

Editors Note: There is a statewide coalition of groups to protect reproductive freedom in Ohio. Each group named above is a link to their website with opportunities to volunteer in this important effort. Please take time to explore their sites and consider how you can help.

Free Online Training

Troublemaker Training: Comms 101 w/ Jess McIntosh

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

In order to defeat extremism in our communities, we need to be able to effectively talk to our friends about the issues. Want a little help having effective and persuasive conversations? We got you! Join us to hear from Jess McIntosh, a communication strategist, CNN commentator and former host of Signal Boost. She can help you with tips and advice on what to say (and what not to say) and how to connect with others. SIGN UP HERE


Learn (on Zoom) to Register OH Democrats (In Person)!

Tuesday, March 21
5 – 6pm EDT
Virtual event
Join from anywhere
Hosted in Columbus, OH 43016

Want to do something concrete to fight voter suppression?Learn to register Democrats, the Field Team 6 way! It’s the #1 most direct, effective way to swing elections – and it’s also incredibly fun. LEARN MORE

Civics 101- The basics they no longer teach in school

Tuesdays (multiple dates available)
April 11, 2023
8 – 9pm EST
Virtual event
Join from anywhere

We cover topics from how a bill becomes a law to who your representatives are to when elections are held and so much more. LEARN MORE

Reading Room

March is Women’s History Month

The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women: Stories of Landscape and Community in the Mountain South

In 1966 in Rabun County, Georgia, a group of high school English students created theFoxfire magazine, a literary journal that celebrated Appalachian stories, peoples, and culture. The publication was filled with poetry and prose from local students and authors and featured interviews with community members. Now, pulled from the vast Foxfire archive comes the first volume in the series focused specifically on the lives of Appalachian women. These remarkable narratives illuminate a diverse regional culture held together by the threads that are woven between women and place, and through generations. Told sometimes with humor, sometimes with sadness, but always with a gripping rawness and honesty, the stories recount women’s lived experiences from the 1960s to the present. READ MORE




Clermont County Democratic Club Meetings

There will be no March meeting for Quin-T Democrat Club. Next meeting will be Thursday, April 6, 2021. Details forthcoming.


West Clermont Democrats will meet Monday, March 13, 2023 at 7:00 pm at Day Heights Fireman’s Memorial Building 1313 OH-131, Day Heights, OH 45150



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

Next Executive Committee meeting will be Thursday, March 23, 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
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
Bonnie Carlier – Executive Committee Secretary



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Next issue will be published Tuesday, March 21, 2023. Deadline for submissions for the next issue is Friday, March 17, 2023. Send your submission with “CCDP Newsletter” in the subject line to our newsletter editor Cheryl Richards at: cheryl1richards@gmail.com

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Clermont County Democratic Party
174 E. Main Street P.O. Box 475
Batavia, OH, 45103
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