Ottney elected chairman

Ryan Ottney

The 2020 election may be months away, but the Scioto County Democratic Party elected Ryan Ottney as its party chairman during their meeting on Aug. 22.

The previous Chairman Randy Basham ended his 18-years of service when he announced his resignation during the June meeting. Ottney will serve out the nearly three-years remaining of Basham’s unexpired term.

Ottney is a New Boston Village Councilman and the Democratic Party Committee Representative for the NB-2 Precinct. As chair, Ottney said his main goal will be to help elect Democrats in Scioto County and throughout southern Ohio by uniting the party, recruiting new members, and restructuring its resources to develop more strategic campaigns.

Some of that will include more public events and community service, better communication, and increased fundraising to help the party support strong local candidates.

“Ever since the 2016 election the party has seen a surge in interest and activity, especially from young voters. They have been interacting with us online and coming to our meetings and events, and we’ve found a lot of renewed energy in the party. People are scared and upset by what is happening in this country today and they want to be part of the solution. We are going to focus this energy and re-evaluate our current strategies to engage with voters,” Ottney said.

He invited all interested supporters to join them for upcoming events, such as the River Days Parade on Aug. 31, and the Scioto County Democrat Party’s annual Fall Banquet later this year. The Scioto County Democratic Party also meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m., at the Vern Riffe Sr. Community Center in New Boston. 

For more information about how to get involved, or to make a secure donation online, visit them at, or follow the party on Facebook.