HCDP Newsletter | February 2022

In the News 

State Of Ohio


  • Updates from Rep. Jessica Miranda: Rep Miranda recently introduced a bill that would require colleges and universities in the state to provide accommodation for students when there are conflicts between class assignments, exams and religious observances. Miranda condemned the Ohio House passage of House Bill 325, GOP legislation to prevent local law enforcement from temporarily restricting firearms in areas experiencing unrest or riots. Miranda also condemned HB 109, which would discourage Ohioans from participating in lawful protests and civil demonstrations for fear of running afoul of the proposed law’s broad and vague language.


Hamilton County

  • The health and wellness of the deputies and staff in the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office are of the highest priorities for Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey.  To address this, the Sheriff launched a Wellness Program for the first time in the history of the department.  This WCPO story highlights the coordinator who has been hired to lead the health and wellness initiative.



City of Cincinnati

The Duke Energy Convention Center in blue and yellow, to match the Ukraine flag as a sign of solidarity. Cincinnati is a sister city with Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine.

  • Councilmember Jeff Cramerding points to need to address capital needs in old City owned buildings and rec centers in this WCPO story.



  • This month Councilmember Victoria Parks introduced an amendment to the 3CDC Convention District resolution calling for racial equity in the development. Parks has been busy touring various Black-owned businesses for Black History Month and she continues to look into violence prevention and racial justice for a comprehensive peace blueprint. Follow along on Parks’ Instagram account!


  • Read Councilmember Reggie Harris’ op ed: City must cut red tape to create more Affordable Housing. Harris also recognized the life and work of Jennifer Foster, a leader in the Avondale community. Ms. Foster is a community health champion, a Doula, a volunteer with Healthy Moms & Babies and the Urban League, and a board member of the Avondale Community Council.

  • Members of City Council and community groups joined Mayor Aftab Pureval to announce a powerful series of initiatives to increase affordable and workforce housing. Pureval said that by investing in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, creating an annual revenue stream, we are creating a sustainable and successful model for incentivizing housing with equity in the center of the frame. He noted that through collaborative and innovative steps like this, we will continue to achieve transformational change in Cincinnati.


Take Action!

March 1st, 6:30pm | Hirsch Rec Center (3630 Reading Rd.) 

  • Councilmember Mark Jeffreys hosts a public forum, “Safer Streets Now: Pedestrian Safety Forum.”


March 2nd, 5:00pm-7:00 pm | Nostalgia Jazz Bar (1432 Vine St., 45202)

  • Rickell Howard Smith’s campaign kickoff for Juvenile Court Judge! 
  • Rickell is the endorsed Democrat candidate. 
  • You can follow Rickell’s campaign on her facebook page!


March 7th, 12:00pm 

  • Deadline to apply for LEAD Ohio’s Campaign Staff Academy, (see story below).


March 24th, 2:00pm | Hamilton County Courthouse (1000 Main St), Courtroom 340


March 29th, 5:30pm-7:00 pm | Location TBA

  • Join the Hamilton County Democratic Party Women’s Caucus event for Women’s History Month celebrating Democratic elected Women officials in Hamilton County. 
  • The location is to be announced and will be included in the next newsletter and on the Women’s Caucus facebook page
  • This event is free of charge!  
  • Sign up to join the Women’s Caucus email database here.


April 7th, 5:30pm | Virtual Event 



  • Follow a new twitter feed, the Hamilton County Justice Alliance, (@HCJA_Justice), for people and stories which move equity and justice forward in Hamilton County.


Check out the HCDP Calendar for Dem Club meetings in your neighborhood and Democratic Party meetings and events!


A Message from the Chair, Gwen McFarlin

The Ohio Democratic Party State Executive Committee made several statewide candidate endorsements. Under Ohio Democratic Party rules, county party organizations are bound by these endorsements and we are excited to support and promote the following endorsed candidates: 

  • Tim Ryan | US Senate


  • Justice Jennifer Brunner | Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio 


  • Judge Marilyn Zayas | Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio 


  • Judge Teri Jamison | Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio


In the case of the candidates for Governor, the State Executive Committee made no endorsement.


Campaign Staff Academy

Applications for the LEAD Ohio Campaign Staff Academy are open!

Campaigns require more than strong, well-trained candidates to win elections. Campaign managers and staff play an important role to ensure campaigns are organized and effective, and we need more of them in Ohio. This training program is specifically tailored for current and future campaign managers and campaign staff. Whether you are working on a school board race or have your sights set on managing a candidate for Congress, the skills we teach and the network you’ll build in this Academy will be extremely valuable.

The LEAD Ohio Campaign Staff Academy will feature panels, speakers, and workshops led by campaign experts from across the state of Ohio. During this comprehensive training program, we will train attendees in best practices to build a strong campaign and navigate this career field in a sustainable way.

If you are a recent graduate looking for a career in progressive campaign politics, a seasoned campaign operative looking to brush up on your skills, a current campaign staffer who wants to grow in your role, or a super volunteer dedicating your time to electing progressive candidates, this training is for you.

Sound good? Click here to access the application.

Questions? Email Eddie Davenport at: eddie@leadohio.org