Scioto Democrats engage voters with bus tours, socials, and banquets
Only days after the start of early voting in Ohio, the Scioto County Democratic Party hosted a series of com
munity events throughout Portsmouth, headlined by Democratic Candidate for Ohio Governor Richard Cordray.
The local activities began on Oct. 12, when the Ohio Democratic Party’s People First Bus Tour stopped at Mound Park in Portsmouth, with candidates Jill Schiller (for OH-2), Shawna Roberts (for OH-6), and Scott Dailey (for Senate 14), with former Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland.
Joining them at their stop were local candidates Adrienne Buckler (for State Representative) and Rachel Daehler (for County Prosecutor). The local candidates stood side-by-side with state candidates, sharing their plans for Scioto County – which include bringing more jobs, supporting small businesses, and tackling the opioid epidemic in our community.
“Events such as these bring so much excitement to southern Ohio! Now, I am even more motivated to take back Vern Riffe's seat as your representative in Columbus! I know that our best days lie ahead,” Buckler exclaimed.
Then on Oct. 14, Cordray arrived in Portsmouth for a fundraiser social at The Lofts on Gallia Street. He was joined there by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and wife Frances, and Jill Schiller.
“I feel great being here in Portsmouth today,” Corday said. “We need to rebuild the state and spread out opportunity more evenly throughout the state. I think there are parts of the state, including southeastern Ohio, that has been left behind and their voice has not been heard for a number of years.”
Cordray said as Governor, the state would support small businesses, improve infrastructure, and bring back local government funds so the money we send to Columbus comes back to our community.
“In Columbus, they tend to think about Columbus and some of the larger cities and they tend to forget about the rest of the state. They just don’t pay attention. And if you’re not paying attention, you’re not consciously spreading out opportunity for all people,” he said.
Immediately following his event at The Lofts, Cordray jumped to 2018 Scioto County Democratic Party Fall Banquet at the American Legion Post 23 in Portsmouth where was introduced by Ted Strickland as the featured speaker of the event. Local candidates Buckler, Daehler, Trampas Puckett (for County Commissioner), and Marie Hoover (for 4th District Court) also spoke at the event about their campaigns and their plans for our community.
At the end of the banquet, the Scioto County Democratic Party surprised Rev. Evan Fisher, who also delivered the invocation at the event, as its 2018 inductee to its Democrat Hall of Fame. Fisher said he was truly surprised and honored when longtime friend Emily Cobb-Thomas announced his name.
“I think [the Democratic Party] understands that government needs to respond to the needs of the people,” Fisher said. “The notion of health care as a right is a moral matter. Every other first-world country in the world understands that. The idea of taking health care away from folks with pre-existing conditions just makes no sense. I’m a political liberal because I’m a religious conservative.”
With only weeks left in the campaign, the race for Ohio Governor will be a close one. A recent Quinnipiac poll has Cordray ahead by 2 points, while an NBC poll has him evenly tied with his opponent. Cordray said he was going to continue touring the state, pushing his health care platform to protect people with pre-existing conditions.
“This Medicaid expansion has been a really important thing for Ohio. It’s keeping our rural hospitals open. That’s something I would fight to protect. These are important things,” he said. “We need to restore our basic values in Columbus. We need honest and effective government. We need a democracy that isn’t rigged; that gives voters a say.”
Cordray is a lifelong Ohioan, born and raised in Grove City, where both of his parents dedicated their careers to working on behalf of people with disabilities. Over the last five years, Cordray served as the first-ever director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a position he was appointed to by President Obama. Under Cordray’s leadership, the CFPB brought actions against some of the nation’s largest financial institutions forcing them to pay nearly $12 billion to over 30 million Americans who were cheated or mistreated. Before serving our country at the Consumer Bureau, Cordray defended Ohioans as Attorney General and served as the Ohio Treasurer.
Early voting in Ohio began Oct. 10 and voters can cast their ballots now at the Scioto County Courthouse. The general election is Nov. 6, when registered voters can visit their local polling station.
The Scioto County Democratic Party’s Central Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m., in the Vern Riffe Community Center, in New Boston. For more information about the Scioto County Democratic Party, visit them online at www.sciotocountydems.org, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.