Bexley Ward 01: David M. Neubauer
My name is David Neubauer and I am running to represent Bexley Ward 1 in the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee. I have represented northwest Bexley on the FCDP Central & Executive Committees since 1996 and I have been a Bexley resident since 1995.
I am a member of Columbus Jewish News Inaugural Difference Maker Class of 2019 and presented the Bexley Board of Education Starthrower Award for Bexley Scholastic Chess Club. I regularly volunteer my time at the North Central Correctional Complex and leading worship services at Kensington Residence
I have been an active member of the Democratic party for more than 20 years hosting neighborhood meetings, helping to organize voter registration efforts, distributing campaign literature, posting yard signs, and fundraising to support our Democratic candidates for Ohio and U.S. executive and legislative offices. I look forward to building on our progress here in Bexley as we organize to support progressive candidates up and down the ballot in 2020.
Bexley Ward 02: Gregory Joseph Lestini
I am a proud Democrat, born and raised in Ohio, and a resident of Bexley for the last 13 years. My wife and I chose to settle in Bexley after we got married because of the tremendous sense of community, excellent schools, and proximity to downtown Columbus. As the father of two daughters in Bexley Public Schools, I am committed to keeping central Ohio thriving, while improving the experiences that my girls can expect today, tomorrow, and for a lifetime.
My grandfather was a Democratic Party Chairman in Southeastern Ohio, where I grew up, for more than 30 years. My family instilled in me the core Democratic values of hard work, respect for others and our environment, and protecting the rights of individuals to pray, love, and live however they choose. It was this family history of service to the party that drove me to run for election to the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee four years ago.
As a lawyer working on legislative matters at the Ohio Statehouse, I see firsthand how the quality of our elected officials impacts our lives every day. I focus my service on attending and participating in Committee Meetings, meeting with candidates and elected officials, advising young party members and candidates and driving critical resources to our elected officials and Democratic candidates. That is why I am serving and why I want to continue to serve as your Central Committee Member representing Bexley Ward 2.
Bexley Ward 03: Bryan Clark
I have been a resident of Bexley for almost a decade. My wife, Diane, and I are raising our kids here and keep ourselves busy at the JCC and Montrose playground.
I’ve had the honor of developing Columbus’ first $50 million bond issue for affordable housing, crafting the Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy, and creating progressive policies for paid family leave, campaign finance, gender and racial equity, gun safety, and renewable energy.
I am Chief Policy Advisor for Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Chair of Sustainable Columbus, a Vice Chair of the Franklin County Democratic Party, and veteran of over 40 campaigns for Democratic candidates and progressive issues.
I am running for Democratic Central Committee because I believe in the power of our party, united, to create real progressive change in Central Ohio.
Bexley Ward 04: Jennifer L. McNally
I am a strategic communications and fundraising professional and have worked for Columbus arts and cultural organizations for more than 25 years. I have a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University and a M.S. in Marketing and Communications from Franklin University. As an adjunct lecturer, I have taught arts administration and public relations at Otterbein University, Ohio Dominican University, and CCAD. I have lived in Bexley since 2007 with my historian husband and our two children.
I have served as Director of the Ohio Arts Foundation and Friends of the Topiary Park, Director of Communications at Columbus College of Art & Design, Director of Literary Programs at The Thurber House, and as a consultant for Columbus Public Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, and Voter News Service.
I have served as a leader on the boards of many organizations which do incredible work in Ohio, including Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, Bexley Public Library, LEAD Ohio, The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Committee, Columbus Arts Marketing Association, and numerous other cultural, civic, and progressive organizations.
As a community and political activist, I was an elected congressional delegate for Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and was appointed to the Franklin County Democratic Party Executive Committee in 2018. I co-chaired Senator Sherrod Brown’s “Women for Sherrod” re-election committee in 2018. I look forward to continuing this work in Bexley and beyond to support Democrats in 2020.
Blendon Township: David Chapin
Brown Township: Aristotle L. Hutras (write in)
Canal Winchester: Suzanne Brown
Clinton Township: Deborah Steele
Columbus Ward 01: Jessica Clinger
My name is Jessica Clinger and I’m running to be the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee representative for Columbus Ward 1, which includes parts of Merion Village and Hungarian Village. After graduating from Ohio State University, I moved to Merion Village where I live with my husband and two-year-old son. I am active in the Merion Village Civic Association, a former South Side Area Commissioner, and a member of the United Methodist Church for All People on Parsons Avenue. I am the co-founder and president of South Side Progressive Action, which formed following the 2016 election to organize voters on the South Side of Columbus and was recognized as the most active local Democratic club in Franklin County during the 2018 election cycle. I serve as the Director of the Civil Division of the Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk’s office, where, just recently, I helped lead the office’s overhaul of its eviction records in an effort to increase access to affordable housing. I am a proud, progressive Democrat who is running for the Central Committee so that I can continue to help organize the South Side to elect Democrats at the local, state, and federal level who will restore integrity to our government.
Columbus Ward 02: Rick Neal
I’m a German Village dad and 2018 Congressional candidate running to keep my seat as the Ward 2 representative on the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee. Born in Milwaukee and with a degree from Miami University of Ohio, I served five years in the Peace Corps and ran relief programs for refugees in Asia and Africa. I retired from my humanitarian work in 2007 to marry Columbus native Tom Grote and raise our two daughters while becoming active in local politics. In 2018, I ran for Congress in a district that covered much of Ward 2, to fight for affordable, quality health care, better paying jobs, and get corporate money out of politics.
I’m running to be your Central Committee representative to help Ward 2 Democrats support candidates and win elections with strong, progressive policies that move us forward and protect our future. From health care to jobs to defending our democracy, our city and our country are at a critical juncture. Our local party needs to play its part, and I would be proud to continue to serve you in that fight.
Columbus Ward 04: Monica G. Cerrezuela
I am a native of Canton, Ohio, and I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. I currently serve on the senior leadership team at the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) as Chief of Staff. In this role, I work closely with the President/CEO and Deputy CEO to help promote their strategic vision throughout the organization.
Prior to joining COTA, I served as the Advocacy & Community Outreach Manager at The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio where I was responsible for developing the organization’s advocacy program. In this position, I helped foster collaborative partnerships, educated lawmakers on issues, and created opportunities to mobilize the community around gender equality. I began my time in public service as an Ohio Legislative Service Commission Fellow. After the completion of the fellowship, I was hired as Senior Legislative Aide to Senator Kenny Yuko and then served as Special Assistant to former Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni.
I stay active in the community through my involvement as an Executive Board Member for New Leaders Council – Columbus and in my position as Chair of the Franklin County Adelante Democrats. In January 2020, I was appointed by Mayor Ginther to serve as a Commissioner on the Columbus Women’s Commission. I am proud to call Columbus and Olde Towne East home and I look forward to working in my neighborhood to support Democrats in 2020.
Columbus Ward 05: Taisean C. Glover
My name is Taisean Glover and I’m running to be a ward leader for Columbus Ward 5 on the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee. I am a strong supporter of the YMCA Miller Factory: Make the Right Choice. I am passionate about civil rights for our community and excited to support the new City of Columbus Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
I have been a dedicated volunteer working to elect Democrats with strong values who are committed to moving Columbus forward, including former Mayor Michael Coleman, current Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, and the entire party-endorsed slate of elected officials. I will keep the Democratic Party strong and competitive by continuing to help recruit and support quality candidates with the right priorities, putting Franklin County residents first.
Columbus Ward 06: Karen Sue Bankston
Columbus Ward 07: Nicholas Bankston
I currently serve as Project Manager of Neighborhood Transformation Strategies for the City of Columbus where I oversee the City’s long-term, strategic and holistic community plans for the revitalization and redevelopment in Linden and the Hilltop. I have dedicated my career to public service and previously served as the Director of Community Affairs for the Office of the Mayor in which I managed a public campaign that secured $950 million in bond funding for critical capital improvements for the residents of Columbus.
As a proud graduate of East High School and The Ohio State University, I am a lifelong resident of Columbus and I have made it a top priority to make an impact in our community. I currently serve on the board of directors of the Columbus Urban League as President of the Columbus Urban League Young Professionals, the Reeb Avenue Center, St. Stephens Community House, and the Neighborhood Design Center. I am a proud graduate of the African American Leadership Academy and have been recognized by Who’s Who in Black Columbus as an emerging leader, by 40 Under 40, by Radio One as a Future History Maker, and by the 2019 Boy Scouts of America – Simon Kenton Council Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award.
I live on the Near East Side of Columbus in the King-Lincoln District with my beautiful and accomplished wife, Habiba Bankston, and I look forward to serving our community in the Democratic party and being a part of organizing around progressive policies and representatives in 2020 and beyond.
Columbus Ward 08: Karen E. Kostelac
I am an Ohio mother, grandmother, and activist who has been a deeply involved Democrat all my life in the Scioto County, Franklin County, and Ohio Democratic Parties. I am a retired health care professional and have served both Mayors Coleman and Ginther as a member and chair of the Mayor’s Columbus Advisory Council for Disability Issues which focuses on accessibility to employment and facilities.
I have been repeatedly honored for my advocacy and service by The American Cancer Society, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Knights of Columbus, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. I was the Franklin County Democratic Party’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year and have been endorsed for re-election to a third term by Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, State Representative Kristin Boggs, Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady and Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano.
I have been a dedicated advocate for bringing Democracy to the disabled for a decade. As your ward representative, I will work hard to support Democratic candidates up and down the ballot and I will continue my endeavor to promote civic engagement and improve services for the disabled here in Central Ohio.
Columbus Ward 09: Erin M. Gibbons
Columbus Ward 10: Kevin B. McCain
Columbus Ward 11: Julius M. Palazzo
I am a lifelong Columbus Westside resident and graduate of Bishop Ready High School and The Ohio State University. I’ve spent the last 44 years teaching middle school social studies at St. Mary Magdalene. My father was a UAW worker at General Motors and taught me that being a Democrat means making sure everyone gets a fair shake. We must have access to high quality healthcare for everyone in this country and only the Democratic Party is committed to providing that.
I believe in building a community for students inside and outside of the classroom and won the Columbus Dispatch’s Teacher Star Award in 2007. I have officiated Ohio High School Athletic Association state championship games in baseball, football, and basketball for 15 years and was inducted into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame in 2009. I organize candidate nights every year in which students can meet with candidates running for elected office and learn about those offices, civic engagement, and elections.
2020 is important to me because we need a strong Democratic team to beat Donald Trump and win races down the ballot. That’s why I’m running for Democratic Central Committee in Ward 11, because it’s time for Democrats to make our voices heard for the values we share. As a united effort, Democrats will win in 2020.
Columbus Ward 12: Joshua R. Grossman
My name is Josh Grossman and I’m running for the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee for Columbus Ward 12. I am a lifelong resident of Central Ohio and a graduate of Ohio University. I found a passion for politics and policy as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio House of Representatives.
Since 2009, I have devoted my life to advancing progressive causes in the Ohio state legislature. I am proud to have a successful track record of working on environmental issues and business and community development. I am running to bring my public policy experience to the County Central Committee and to help elect progressive Democrats in Central Ohio.
Columbus Ward 13: Terri L. Mitchell
I am a lifelong Columbus resident and proud graduate of Columbus City Schools. I have been a passionate advocate for various issue-based campaigns. I am running for Democratic Central Committee Ward 13 because gun violence is out of control in this country. We need to stand up and take on the powerful interests that have made it impossible for our country to solve the gun crisis in our cities and across the country. We need a united Democratic party to defeat Donald Trump and win in 2020. When Democrats are united we win.
Columbus Ward 14: Terry Penrod
I grew up in Toledo, Ohio and after graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Communications, I stayed in Central Ohio where I have worked in real estate for 38 years. I have served on the Executive Committee of the Ohio Democratic Party and I was a Barack Obama Delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions and was honored to attend the first LGBTQ+ reception at the White House, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
I am a longtime volunteer leader with the Human Rights Campaign and was on the National Board of Directors for 6 years. I served on the Public Policy Committee and the Finance Committee, helping to monitor the finances of the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the country. I am a member of Stonewall Columbus and regularly contributes to the political campaigns of pro-LGBT equality elected officials and candidates.
In Ohio and across the country hard-working families are being attacked by this President and the Republican Party. It’s time to take our country back. The first goal is to defeat Donald Trump and restore dignity, respect, and concern for the working class to the White House. We also need to support those who see health care as a right and not a privilege. When Democrats stand united we all win!
Columbus Ward 15: Conan C. Cupples
Columbus Ward 16: Averi Townsend
I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2019 with a degree in Public Policy, Leadership, and Management. I worked as a student assistant in Government Relations for OSU and as an intern in the U.S. Senate for Democratic Senator Tom Carper. Currently, I work for the Columbus City Council as a Legislative Assistant in the City Clerk’s Office providing administrative support for Councilmembers and their staff.
I am passionate about women’s rights and want to organize in my community to support financial empowerment, economic prosperity and protecting access to healthcare regardless of income. We need a strong, diverse, unified Democratic Party to beat Donald Trump and I look forward to being a part of that movement in 2020.
Columbus Ward 17: Mayo Makinde
Columbus Ward 18: Joseph G. Rettof
I am Joe Rettof and I am running to represent Columbus Ward 18 on the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee. I have a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and over 15 years of experience in the political and non-profit sectors. I co-founded RT Advisors with Bridgette Tupes in 2014 to support Democratic candidates in Ohio win critical races.
I have worked on several statewide campaigns across the Midwest as a campaign manager, general consultant, fundraiser, and strategist for candidates, campaign committees, ballot initiatives, and non-profit organizations, including raising more than $41 million to defeat John Kasich’s 2011 anti-union Senate Bill 5. I have served on the Board of Equality Ohio advocating for equal rights for all Ohioans and currently serve on the Advisory Board of New Leaders Council – Columbus. I am also a small business owner and a big supporter of higher wages and equitable pay for women.
I am running to bring my experience and dedication to the Central Committee and to help support Democrats at all levels across Ohio. I look forward to being a leader in my neighborhood to help Democrats win in 2020.
Columbus Ward 19: Phyllis M. Elmo
I am originally from Youngstown, Ohio but my work with the Rehabilitation Services Commission brought me to Columbus where I have lived since 1984. I have lived in several Republican majority cities, including Columbus when I arrived in the 80’s, but I have been a registered Democrat, belonging to the party of inclusiveness and fairness since the first time I was able to vote. I believe in democracy and I believe that we all have something to contribute to make our city, our state, and our country the beacon of Democracy it can be, despite the current administration’s attempts to destroy it.
I stayed in Columbus post-retirement because I love my City and my neighborhood of Clintonville. I believe in fighting for job opportunities for all, the equal education of our children, and affordable housing for our residents. I am a current member of many progressive organizations including Indivisible 12, Ohio League of Women Voters, the Sierra Club, and Environment Ohio. I have volunteered on countless campaigns for candidates and issues that most affect Central Ohio. As a member of the Franklin County Democratic Party for many years, serving on its Executive Committee, I will continue to use my voice and my vote as a representative for Columbus Ward 19.
Columbus Ward 20: Jennifer K. Lynch
My name is Jen Lynch and I am the Columbus Ward 20 Committee person with the Franklin County Democratic Party. My husband, John, and I have two boys and we love our neighbors and the spirit of our community. We hope to contribute to making it better as we grow in a responsible and thoughtful way.
Ten years ago, we had our first backyard “Harvest Fest” that inspired us to create Rambling House Soda—a small music venue, craft soda company—and now a growing cocktail company. We are proud that Rambling House has served as a community hub of family friendly events, fundraisers for community and political activism, and of course a great place to hear live music and enjoy family and friends.
For ten years before I started my own company, I worked for Congressman Tim Ryan, Governor Ted Strickland, and served as Policy Director for the victorious 2008 Obama campaign in Ohio. I advised Governor Strickland on all matters related to energy, utility, environment, agriculture, and insurance policy and managed the implementation of his legislative and policy agenda including one of the country’s strongest renewable portfolio standards.
I am a member of the Clintonville Progressives, where I chair the environmental committee and organize the West North Broadway cleanup. I am a founding member of the Matriots, an organization working to get more women elected to office, and helped start and sit on the board of a solar development company. Over the 20 years that I have been active in the Democratic Party, I have worked tirelessly to get Democrats elected from school board to president. I humbly ask for your support on March 17th!
Columbus Ward 21: Sue Foley
My name is Sue Foley and I am a mother, grandmother, retired professor, and political organizer running to be the ward representative for Columbus Ward 21. After receiving my Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, I taught at Franklin University where I was a Professor of Communications for more than 20 years. I am an active volunteer with the Democratic party and currently organize in my ward through coordinated newsletters, planned rallies, volunteer recruitment, and many other organized outreach efforts.
I am a founding member of the Higher Education Council of Columbus and the Columbus Metropolitan Club. I am a Boardmember for the Girl Scouts Seal of Ohio Council, Riverside Methodist Hospital, EDUCABLE, Action for Children, and Options. I also received the YWCA Women of Achievement Award in 1988.
I’ve always been drawn to the Democratic Party because it is the Party of building community through respect, justice, and fairness for all people. I believe in the protection of our earth and air as well as empowering those less fortunate, ensuring access to healthcare, protecting and educating children, and striving for the highest ethical standards. If we work together, we can elect Democrats who will support these principles, and fight for us at the local, state, and national levels.
Columbus Ward 22: Ruth A. Farthing
I have been volunteering to elect Democrats since 2008 and I have been the Ward 22 Central Committee member since 2012. I am a member of the Columbus Education Association and a volunteer with Indivisible OH-12. I am also an active member of the Fightin’ 21st & 22nd, a progressive group that supports Decmocratic candidates and elected officials through voter outreach and community events.
As a volunteer, I have canvassed thousands of voters to talk about candidates and encourage people to vote. I have worked on efforts to register voters and hosted canvassing events to organize and mobilize volunteers. I have also gotten involved with issues that are critically important including collecting signatures for campaigns like Senate Bill 5, to save collective bargaining, and for petitions to end gerrymandering. I have protested outside of Senator Portman’s office, former Representative Tiberi’s office, and Representative Balderson’s office and I will continue to fight as long as we have elected officials working against policies that support working families, the environment, and human rights.
I am running for Central Committee to help Democratic Candidates get elected. The 2020 election is extremely important for our nation, but also for our state and city. After the census, new congressional districts will be drawn and the people at the statehouse will be drawing them. We need to get democrats elected to those seats. We also have important judge seats we need to fill, including the Ohio Supreme Court. I want people in Ward 22 to be a part of getting out the vote in 2020.
Columbus Ward 23: Jeffrey D. Mackey
Columbus Ward 24: Karen D. Clark
My name is Karen Clark and I am running to represent Columbus Ward 24 on the Franklin County Democratic Central Committee. I have had a long career of public service and am devoted to making access to government easier for all of Central Ohio citizens.
I served for 4 years in the United States Air Force and then began my career as realtor and admissions advisor to students across Central Ohio. I have been a notary for the last 20 years and, since 2015, have worked as the training coordinator for the City of Columbus.
I am running for Central Committee because I believe that the right to vote is under assault and we must do everything we can to protect the sacred right for all of our citizens to vote. I believe that a strong Democratic Party starts at the local level and I look forward to working in our neighborhood to increase voter turnout and fight for our shared values.
Columbus Ward 25: Deborah A. Johnson
I’m Deborah Johnson and I have been the Committee-person for Columbus Ward 25 for 8 years. I have lived in Ward 25 for over 20 years and I am a proud mother, grandmother, and activist working hard with the Democratic Party to bring my community the best quality candidates to represent us. I have spent a lot of time focusing on voter registration in order to bring my community into the election process and to give us a strong voice. I have also made it a priority to support women in Central Ohio by volunteering with the Franklin County Democratic Women’s Club, where I served as an officer. I have volunteered on countless campaigns for inspiring Democratic candidates up and down the ballot and I will continue to work hard to support Democrats and to organize election efforts to bring meaningful representation to my neighborhood.
Columbus Ward 26: Lamar D. Peoples
Columbus Ward 27: Pat Powell
Columbus Ward 28: Marc Gofstein
Columbus Ward 29: Lillie Banner
My name is Lillie Banner and I’m running to be your representative on the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee. I am a long-time resident and leader in the Reeb Hosack and Steelton Village community in Columbus and I hope to be a voice for our neighborhood and help to build a strong Democratic Party here.
I received training as a Community Connector with CelebrateOne and am very involved in working to reduce infant mortality on Columbus’s South Side. I am active with my local church and currently serve on the South Side Area Commission. I am running for the Central Committee to continue to defend our children and to expand access to healthcare to all of our residents.
Columbus Ward 30: Deborah H. Roberts
I am an Ohio native and graduate of Upper Arlington High School and The Ohio State University. I am a mother and grandmother and proud to have raised my family here in this community. I am running for the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee in Ward 30 because I believe in supporting candidates who will support women’s rights, reproductive rights, gun safety legislation, and equality for all.
I started Hilliard Progressives and helped with President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaign. I was a ward leader during my time living in Clintonville and became involved with Clintonville for Change, now called Clintonville Area Progressives, where I was Secretary, Treasurer, and President. I have been involved with and volunteered for many local campaigns for progressive candidates at the state and local level here in Central Ohio. I look forward to continuing to build a strong community of Democrats in 2020.
Columbus Ward 31: Marian Lupo
Columbus Ward 32: Daniel K. Stewart
I am a lifelong resident of Columbus’s Westside and a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives. I have been a leader in organized labor and I am running for the Franklin County Party Central Committee because I know how important a united Democratic Party will be in the support of our candidates who share our progressive values in 2020 and beyond.
As a former member of the Ohio House, I am actively involved in Democratic politics, and have been working tirelessly to build a strong Democratic coalition in Franklin County. I am running to continue to strengthen our Democratic Party and to continue to advocate for workers’ rights, civil rights, and a clean environment. I look forward to organizing in our neighborhood as we move forward toward these goals.
Columbus Ward 33: Gretchen D. James
My name is Gretchen James and I am a lifelong Democrat running to represent Columbus Ward 33 on the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee. I am deeply invested in defending workers and the middle class in Central Ohio and I believe that a strong Democratic Party is integral to electing and supporting Democratic candidates who share these values and are prepared to do the work to make it happen.
I have spent my career in public service working side-by-side with Rich Cordray in the Franklin County Treasurer’s Office, Ohio State Treasurer’s Office and Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Since 2011, I have worked for the Columbus City Council, City Attorney Zach Klein, and Mayor Andrew Ginther, working to empower neighborhoods and communities across Central Ohio.
I am running because I am a passionate Democrat and a fighter for the underdog, and I believe we have to restore our shared progressive values through a unified Democratic Party. Success in 2020 will start at the local level and I look forward to this neighborhood being a big part of that.
Columbus Ward 34: Matt Rushay
I am a lifelong resident of the East Side of Columbus and have lived in Ward 34 for 13 years. I am also a lifelong Democrat and current member of the Franklin County Democratic Party County Central Committee and work hard to help get Democrats elected.
I want to continue to serve on the County Central Committee because I believe in the Democratic Party and I want to see it grow and thrive. I believe in protecting our environment, providing a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens, and ensuring the rights and dignity of all people. That’s why I am committed to doing whatever I can to support Democratic candidates who share these goals and organize in our neighborhood.
Columbus Ward 35: Latyna M. Humphrey
Columbus Ward 37: Stefanie Lynn Coe
Columbus Ward 38: John J. McGuire
I was born and raised in Columbus, a graduate of West High School, and a 20-year veteran of the United States Army. I am also an active member of the American Legion Post. After retiring, I continued in my sense of service as a TSA Agent at Columbus International Airport and a high school baseball umpire.
As a lifelong Democrat, I am running for Democratic Central Committee in Ward 38 because it’s time to take back our democracy and build strong support for candidates who will fight for investing in our neighborhoods, affordable healthcare, and policies to fight the gun violence epidemic. 2020 is one of the most important elections of our time and Democrats must be united to win.
Columbus Ward 41: Ben Kanas
I’m Ben Kanas and I’m running for the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee in Columbus Ward 41. As a student at The Ohio State University, I am honored to be the youngest person endorsed by the Franklin County Democratic Party in the 2020 election and I’m excited to bring a young, progressive voice to the Central Committee. While studying Public Affairs and Economics at OSU, I am also an active member of student government, College Democrats, OSU Hillel, and have volunteered and interned for campaigns across Franklin County. Growing up on the East side of Columbus, I have firsthand knowledge of all that our community has to offer. We are going through a robust transition from a mid-sized Midwestern city to one of America’s formidable hubs with a growing technology base, diverse workforce, and a community that values inclusion. At all levels of government we need to take a more active approach to protecting voter rights, stopping climate change, and electing a Democrat to the White House this Fall. That’s why I am excited to announce my candidacy and I look forward to working with the Democratic party to organize in the University District and elect Democrats in 2020.
Columbus Ward 43: Valarie Y. Raimey
My name is Valarie Raimey and I am running to continue to serve on the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee for Columbus Ward 43. I currently serve as the Director of Consumer Services for Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano. I have more than 20 years of experience in state government, and worked under former Governor Ted Strickland, former Treasurer of State Kevin Boyce, and State Representative Fred Strahorn.
I believe that women’s rights and civil rights are vitally important to our shared progressive values and I look forward to continuing to organize in our neighborhood to support candidates who will fight for these rights. We must have a united Democratic Party to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and to build on the progress of our representatives elected at the state and local level.
Columbus Ward 44: Michael L. Jones, Jr.
Columbus Ward 45: Sandra R. Lopez
Columbus Ward 46: Cheryl Saul
Columbus Ward 47: Lynne Counts
Columbus Ward 48: James C. Ragland
Columbus Ward 49: Kimberly Marinello
As a lifelong resident of Columbus, I’ve seen many changes, especially to my beloved Ward 49, all of them good. I would not choose to live anywhere else! I have been the committee person for Ward 49 since the late nineties and the dedication of these Democrats is unsurpassed in my opinion.
I have been the Treasurer of the Franklin County Democratic Party since 2000 and am privileged to be on the Board of Elections where I have served since 2004. In my role as a Board Member, I have seen firsthand the importance of voting and that every vote truly counts. I have worked to get residents registered and to utilize our remarkable early vote center and I look forward to getting out the vote in Central Ohio in 2020.
Columbus Ward 50: Alexis R. Pannell
Columbus Ward 51: Robert L. Patterson
Columbus Ward 52: Chloe Siens
My name is Chloe Siens and I’m running for the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee in Columbus Ward 52. After graduating from Ohio State where I studied political science, I became very involved in Democratic politics in and around Columbus. As a fundraiser, I have worked with Democratic candidates and for FCDP to build strong support for the elected officials working hard at the local, state, and federal level to bring progressive policies to Central Ohio. I have worked on countless campaigns for local issues which have successfully secured funding for affordable housing, local infrastructure, clean water, first responders, gun safety programs, and early childhood education. As a Northland native and graduate of Northland High School, I look forward to representing my community and organizing in my neighborhood to support Democrats in 2020.
Columbus Ward 54: David W. Paul
Columbus Ward 55: Pat Deering
Columbus Ward 56: Kathy L. Carter
Columbus Ward 57: Erin Beck
I’m Erin Beck, the endorsed Democrat running in Columbus Ward 57 for Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee. I purchased a home on the Hilltop this year with my boyfriend after falling in love with the house and the fabric of the community. I have been active in Democratic politics in Columbus since graduating from OSU in 2010 and have worked on many campaigns to help elect great candidates, defend workers’ rights, and ensure our community has access to critical infrastructure funding. My time on campaigns has been spent almost exclusively on direct voter contact and working to organize volunteers and communities, which is one of the main reasons I am excited to run for this seat. As a ward representative, I will help the party elect Democrats to office who reflect our values, focus on voter education including registration, and connect Democrats to opportunities for campaign involvement to help build Democratic infrastructure to support campaigns and Democratic elected officials at a grassroots level.
Columbus Ward 59: Carole DePaola
In Franklin County the ward system is the basic division of the political parties. In most other Ohio counties, that division is a precinct system, but Franklin County is the odd duck. The Ward leader or Central Committee person is the last to guard or keep watch over the political party in the interest of his or her ward and the county as a whole. It is the real grassroots.
As a teacher for thirty-four years, union member, environmentalist, women’s rights advocate, voting right’s advocate, and peace activist I have participated in marches, protests, and vigils. I have used what I learned participating in these activities to promote and encourage qualified candidates running for office and to point out to office holders those problems which need to be addressed. One of the most important issues for me at the moment is Women’s rights and I serve as the secretary for the OH Democratic Women’s Caucus (ODWC). I also organize and participate in the Early Vote poll stander project to speak to voters about Democratic candidates as they enter the polls during Early Vote. I look forward to continuing to serve our county and our party for Ward 59.
Columbus 60: Mark K. Rutkus
Columbus Ward 61: Tonya McCreary Williams
Columbus Ward 62: Garrison P. Carr
Columbus Ward 63: Mellissia Fuhrmann
Columbus Ward 64: Jennifer T. Stack
As the Central Committee Member for Ward 64, I have brought elected officials into our neighborhood to engage in thoughtful conversations with school and community leaders and residents in our neighborhood. I am excited about this opportunity to serve and view myself as a connector and a facilitator to keep moving Franklin County forward.
I am an attorney with experience in consumer and labor law. I am currently the staff attorney for Judge Monica Hawkins in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic and Juvenile Branch. I have also served as an election protection volunteer for many years.
I enjoy introducing our Democratic candidates to neighbors, especially judges who play such a crucial role in the lives of Columbus families. I want to ensure neighbors have the opportunity to make the best-informed choice and it is important for the candidates to get to know the neighborhood. 2020 is a huge year with the Presidential election, but many local offices will also be decided and I look forward to working together to build strong support for Democrats here in Columbus 64.
Columbus Ward 65: Sundeepti Jindal
Columbus Ward 66: Barbara A. Rousey
My name is Barbara Rousey and I am running to represent Columbus Ward 66 on the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee. I was the Volunteer of the Year for FCDP in 2016, the Ohio Democratic Party’s Metzenbaum Volunteer of the Year in 2008. I am an active grassroots volunteer since Kerry 2004 and an AmeriCorps reading tutor at Cherrington Elementary School and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
I have worked hard to elect Democrats with strong values who are committed to moving Columbus forward, including former Mayor Michael Coleman, current Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, and the entire party-endorsed slate of elected officials. I will keep the Democratic Party strong and competitive by continuing to recruit and support quality candidates with the right priorities, putting Franklin County residents first.
Columbus Ward 67: Clyde B. Pickett, Sr.
Columbus Ward 69: Kim R. Walter
Columbus Ward 70: Stephen N. Sayre
Columbus Ward 71: Ed Horn
Columbus Ward 72: Madeline J. Shaw
Columbus Ward 73: Lori M. Tyack
I have served as Franklin County Clerk of Courts for 14 years and am a committed Democrat. I am running for the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee to bring a united front to our democracy. I will stand up for the rights of all of us in the fight to stop Donald Trump.
I have been a member of our local government here in Franklin County working as a court clerk, paralegal, and bailiff before being elected Clerk of Court in 2005. As Clerk, I have brought new technology to the municipal court and have held the court system accountable to taxpayers.
I believe that building a strong Democratic Party that will fight for the values we all share begins here at the local level. I look forward to continuing the work of our county party through voter participation and civic engagement efforts. Together we can win in 2020.
Columbus Ward 74: Beth Liston
Columbus Ward 75: Traci H Johnson
Columbus Ward 77: Michael R. Hackett
My name is Michael Hackett and I’m running for the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee to be a strong voice for voting rights and Democratic unity throughout Franklin County. I graduated from Franklin University in 1979 and continued my service to this party first as President of the Franklin County Young Democrats and then as Vice Chairman for the County Party.
I spent my career at the Franklin County Board of Elections as Fiscal Officer and as the Director of the Board. I managed a large budget and over 200 full and part time employees at the BOE where we worked hard to provide the best service for Franklin County voters. I believe that we must work together to protect our voting rights and encourage voter participation as a strong and united Democratic Party.
Columbus Ward 78: Nancy Day-Achauer
Columbus Ward 79: McKenzie L. Quinn
My name is McKenzie Quinn and I am a current member of the Franklin County Democratic Central Committee. I am running to continue to serve my neighborhood and help build a strong Democratic Party for the 2020 election. I am actively engaged in local politics countywide with a focus on boosting voter participation and civic engagement.
I am a fabricator at Sheet Metal Workers’ Union, Local 24, where I am making strides to bring more women into the building trades. I am running to provide a voice for inclusion in the trades, and to make our region a cleaner and better place to live and work.
Columbus Ward 81: Vashitta Johnson
Columbus Ward 82: Sarah L. Ortman
Columbus Ward 83: Hassan M. Idris
Columbus Ward 84: Michael D. Cole
Columbus Ward 85: Sharyn N. Rigsbee
Columbus Ward 86: Marco Miller
My name is Marco Miller and I am running to continue to serve Columbus Ward 86 on the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee. I have served on Central Committee for over 20 years and I look forward to continuing that work building strong Democratic support in our community.
I am a disabled Vietnam Veteran of the US Air Force and retired Columbus Firefighter. I am proud to have served two terms as President of Local 67 and, in 2019, was elected to serve on the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Board. I have also served on the Groveport Madison School Board, as well as being elected Board President.
I currently own a Union Print Shop and campaign consulting firm. I have worked on Democratic Campaigns for over 40 years, most recently working on Judicial campaign that brought Democratic majorities in both Franklin County Common Pleas and Municipal Courts. I will continue to bring my experience to the county party as we work toward Democratic success in 2020.
Dublin Ward 01: Linda M. Capobianco
Dublin Ward 02: Sandi Allen
Dublin Ward 04: Gregory N. Finnerty
Franklin Township: Aryeh Alex
I have fought my entire career for working people to have good careers and live in a safe, clean place. I was elected to serve as a Township Trustee in 2017 and work as the Executive Director of the Ohio House Democratic Campaign Committee. I previously worked for the Ohio Environmental Council, where I led advocacy efforts to ensure that Ohioans have clean air, water, and public lands, and have worked for both the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. I live in Franklin Township, a suburb of Columbus, with my wife, Grace, and I serve as the President of the Friends of Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, enjoys hiking, nature photography, and volunteering as a naturalist. I have fought for Franklin Township as a trustee and want to ensure that all voices are heard. I will continue to be an advocate for our community and seek the solutions that Franklin Township deserves in 2020 and beyond.
Gahanna Ward 01: Joel L. King Jr.
Gahanna Ward 02: Robin Link
Gahanna Ward 03: Ed Toney
My name is Ed Toney and I am running for the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee in Gahanna Ward 3. I am a United States Air Force Veteran and I have lived in Gahanna for 38 years. I am proud to call this area my home and I have been involved in Democratic politics for many years to support my community and the issues that are most important to us.
I am heavily involved in Franklin County politics and work actively with the Gahanna Democrats to help elect candidates at all levels. We organize volunteer activities for our candidates every year including canvassing, letter and postcard writing, and community meetings. I am running because I believe we need a united Democratic Party to beat Trump in 2020 and to elect Democrats all down the ballot. Together we can win and begin moving forward with policies that support Ohio families.
Gahanna Ward 04: Melissa C. Sull
Grandview: John Patrick Ivanic
Grove City Ward 01: Dallas L. Baldwin
Grove City Ward 02: Beverlyn Staples
My name is Beverlyn Staples and I am a mother, grandmother, and Ohio native running to be your ward representative in Grove City 2. I worked for the City of Columbus Department of Homeland Security for 16 years and as a security specialist for Grove City.
I have been active in addressing homelessness in our community, working to provide clothing and food for those on the streets. I am running to represent the underserved in our community and I believe we need a unified Democratic Party to elect more representatives at every level of government who will address this issue.
Grove City Ward 03: Joseph A. Palazzo
Grove City Ward 04: Rodney A. French
My name is Rodney French and I’m running to represent you for Grove City’s Ward 4 seat on the Democratic Central Committee. Grove City is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family and a place that I have called home for over 30 years. However, not everyone in our community is thriving and it’s up to all of us to fight for living wages, job training and opportunities, and a system that is equitable.
I have been a proud member of Sheet Metal Workers Local #24 since 1985 and a consistent voice fighting for working families like ours. I am honored to represent the 2800 Sheet Metal Workers across Ohio, where I fight everyday to protect workers’ rights, fair wages, and safe working conditions.
I currently serve on the Franklin County Democratic Party Executive Committee, and look forward to continuing my service to our party as we work to flip the Ohio legislature and take back the US Senate and the White House. It begins with you and I, as we work together to ensure the values we love are represented in our community. Our neighborhoods deserve to be represented by someone that has fought for the middle class and I am asking for your vote on March 17th.
Groveport: Deanna M. Clinger
Hamilton Township: Chris Hann
Hilliard Ward 01: Matthew K. Austin
My name is Matt Austin and I am running for the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee in Hilliard Ward 1. I am a Hilliard native and a graduate from Hilliard Davidson High School. I stayed here in my hometown to continue to serve the community that I love so much and to work and volunteer for important staples in our community including at the Hilliard Food Pantry.
I have been a volunteer for numerous Democratic campaigns since I was 17. I am running now to represent the growing progressive voice in the suburbs and to continue to serve my community. I hope to help build a strong Democratic network here in Hilliard and to engage Democratic voters and support candidates who share our values.
Hilliard Ward 02: Scott Solsman
I have lived in Hilliard Ward 2 for 26 years and have been an active Democrat, volunteering for Democratic campaigns every election cycle. I am the Vice Chair of Progress Hilliard, a local progressive organization that focuses on voter registration, civic engagement, and supporting Democratic candidates by talking to voters and communicating about the issues most important to Central Ohioans.
Last year we worked hard through Progress Hilliard to help elect Cynthia Vermillion, our first Democratic City Councilmember in 30 years. I look forward to continuing to build on this momentum as we organize for progressive issues and candidates in Hilliard in 2020.
Hilliard Ward 03: Kelli A. Hykes
I chose Hilliard to be my home 14 years ago, moving into the Brookfield Village neighborhood, where I still live today with my husband and two sons. I am a government relations professional specializing in public health and local government, formerly serving as a Legislative Adviser and Director of Public Health Policy for the City of Columbus. I currently provide consulting services to help local and national organizations develop and implement their public policy agendas.
I have been a volunteer with the Franklin County Democratic Party for over 16 years, working on judicial, local, and state races. I was a member of the Franklin County Young Democrats and helped reignite the Franklin County Democratic Women’s Club as the more issue-driven organization it has become. I am a Democrat because I believe everyone should have a chance to be successful and public policy interventions can level the playing field, particularly when it comes to health and work conditions.
I am running to represent my neighbors on the Franklin County Central Committee to help make sure that the voices of suburban Democrats are heard. I want to help build support for and relationships with our elected representatives and support and improve the bench of Hilliard Democrats willing and able to serve.
Hilliard Ward 04: Cynthia Vermillion
Jackson Township: Charles M. Kirby
Jefferson Township: Otto B. Beatty, Jr.
Madison Township: Katherine M. Chipps
Marble Cliff: Karen A. Cincione
Mifflin Township: Cheryl A. Sullivan
New Albany: Shawn J. McGrath
I am Shawn McGrath and I am running to be the ward representative for our neighborhood on the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee. My family has lived in New Albany since 2004 and our children are graduates of New Albany High School.
Over the years, I have been involved in initiatives to support our community and Democratic candidates including my time as the Polling Place Presiding Judge from 2004 to 2008 and my service on the New Albany School Levy Committee and the New Albany Schools Strategic Plan Committee in 2008 and 2009. I was the Ohio Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Coordinator for New Albany in 2018 and canvassed 1,000 doors in New Albany and Franklin County during that election cycle. I am an active member of New Albany Dems and Westerville Progressive Alliance, two organizations that work hard in our neighborhoods to organize efforts for voter registration and to get out the vote for Democrats up and down the ballot.
I hope that you’ll vote for me on March 17th and work with me to organize our neighborhood and support Democratic candidates this year. If we work together, we can turn Ohio blue in 2020.
Norwich Township: Peter A. Lytle
Perry Township: Kathryn S. Malone
Plain Township: Mary Lightbody
Pleasant Township: Janet A. Grubb
I have been a registered Democrat my entire adult life, first voting in the 1972 Presidential Election. I attended Capital University Law School at night and graduated in 1976. Since becoming an attorney, I have spent many years in public service. I was a staff attorney at the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office, an attorney in Private practice, a Domestic Court Magistrate, and was elected to the Franklin County Municipal Court as a Judge.
I was elected as a Judge of the Franklin County Municipal Court three times and served for eighteen years. Since retiring from the bench, I have served as a member of the FCDP Executive Committee and am currently certified for the primary as a candidate to become the Committeeperson for Pleasant Township.
My political involvement has included volunteering at every possible position on a campaign including door knocking, parades, fundraising, treasurer, telephone banks, direct mail efforts, tv ad scripting, and managing two winning countywide campaigns for Democrats. I look forward to continuing to build a strong Democratic base for our candidates on the entire ballot here in Pleasant Township.
Prairie Township: David Donofrio
Reynoldsburg Ward 01: Shanette E. Strickland
Reynoldsburg Ward 02: Roger V. Cruse
Reynoldsburg Ward 03: Mildred M. Johnson
Reynoldsburg Ward 04: Kelly S. Cruse
Sharon Township: Jeanne Melvin
Truro Township: Ashon L. McKenzie
Upper Arlington Ward 01: Allison Russo
Upper Arlington Ward 02: John J. Kulewicz
Upper Arlington Ward 03: Steve Campbell
My name is Steve Campbell and I am the current ward representative for Upper Arlington Ward 3 on the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee. My wife and chose Upper Arlington as our home 20 years ago and have raised both of our children here. I have had the honor of serving the public at the local level under the leadership of Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, and at the state level, under Governor Ted Strickland. I now own a business helping the public and private sectors invest in critical public infrastructure and promote responsible development.
I strive to put our Party principles into action, by volunteering and working to elect Democrats at the local, state, and national level. I have been a part of numerous campaigns that have successfully elected Democratic representatives here in Upper Arlington and I believe that, united, we can be successful again in 2020.
Upper Arlington Ward 04: Hannah C. Reed
My name is Hannah Reed and I am running for the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee in Upper Arlington Ward 4. I am a lifelong resident of Central Ohio. My husband Dan and I chose to make Upper Arlington our home for the past 5 1/2 years. We were drawn to the public spaces, schools, services and strong sense of community.
After graduating from The Ohio State University, I became involved in local Democratic politics, working with leaders around Central Ohio and the Franklin County Democratic Party. Working in politics provided so many great opportunities to work in the community and support issues that impact our neighborhoods every day. I am looking forward to using my experiences to continue to fight for strong policies that support growth and prosperity for all members of our community. As your Upper Arlington Ward 4 representative, I will work together with my neighbors to support Democrats in 2020 and beyond.
Upper Arlington Ward 06: John A. Lytle
Washington Township: Mary S. Duffey
Westerville Ward 01: Robert F. Montgomery
My name is Rob Montgomery and I am running for the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee for Westerville Ward 1 where I have lived since 1982. I received my Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Education from The Ohio State University and taught middle school science here in Westerville for 30 years.
I am an active member of Westerville Progressive Alliance and a member of its Steering Committee. We work hard in Westerville to engage the community, register voters, and support Democratic campaigns. I have worked on many campaigns to elect local, state and national Democrats to office as well as many petition campaigns to protect the rights of people in Ohio.
I am running to represent Democrats in Ward 1 and to ensure the Party is engaged in Westerville. I also hope to reach out to people who move into Ward 1 to let them know there is an active Democratic organization in Westerville and encourage new voter participation. I look forward to working with you to build a strong local Democratic Party.
Westerville Ward 02: Kimberly E. Kennedy
Westerville Ward 03: Brenda K. Clark
Westerville Ward 04: Michael D. Batchelder
Westerville Ward 05: Mindy E. Hall
Whitehall Ward 01: Karen Conison
Whitehall Ward 02: Dan Miller (write in)
Whitehall Ward 03: Stella Shaw
Whitehall Ward 04: Kim Maggard
Worthington Ward 01: Mary C. Woods
Worthington Ward 02: David Niven
I’m David Niven and I’m running to represent Worthington Ward 2 in the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee. I have worked with our Democratic representatives to bring progressive policies to Central Ohio for many years, including in my work alongside Governor Ted Strickland and Mayor Michael Coleman. I have knocked on thousands of Worthington doors to get out the vote for Democratic candidates and I am proud to be endorsed by Democrats on the Worthington City Council and School Board following our successful efforts to elect new Democratic majorities to City Council and School Board.
As a ward leader, I will organize with the Franklin County Democratic Party to do whatever we can to elect a sane, compassionate, functioning president. I am ready to lead our neighborhood efforts to get out the vote and elect Democrats to local, state and national office in 2020.
Worthington Ward 03: Lucretia S. Pollard
Worthington Ward 04: Brinda L. Copsey