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The In-Depth Discussions And Planning That The Central Committee Of The MCDP Should Have

This is a draft of a note I intend on sending to some members of the MCDP Central Committee

Mark Owens, Chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party and Clerk of Courts

I’m looking forward to working together with you this year as a fellow member of the Montgomery County Democratic Party Central Committee. I know you agree with me that we need to insist that the Central Committee become a legitimate legislative group, not the rubber stamp that it is famous for being.

If we are to be effective Central Committee members, we need to be well-informed. I wonder if you would support a motion to ask the chairman to take responsibility for generating reports and for scheduling discussion in the Central Committee on the following topics:

  1. The MCDP finances and budget over the last five years and goals and plans for the next several years.
  2. A breakdown of the 2018 Democratic campaign in Montgomery County. Some questions:
    What was the ODP role?
    How much money did the ODP spend, and on what?
    What was the MCDP role?
    How much money did the ODP spend, and on what?
    What worked and what didn’t work?
    Why was turn-out in strong Democratic precincts so low and how can this turn-out be improved?
  3. Plans for generating the strongest possible candidate for the open seat in OHD-39 in 2020 — since Fred Strahorn is term-limited.
  4. Plans for finding and encouraging Democrats to seek election to local city councils and school boards.
  5. Plans for making the work of the Central Committee transparent to all interested Montgomery County Democrats.

I feel that the Democratic Party should do everything possible to become known as the “pro-democracy” party. The place to start is at the grassroots — the county level — and the MCDP needs to walk the walk. In a pro-democracy MCDP party organization, the Central Committee — along with all interested county Democrats — would be fully engaged and fully informed in the work and decisions of the MCDP.

Let me know what you think. — Mike

P.S. There is a pro-democracy faction in the MCDP and then there is the pro-status-quo faction that has been in control for many years. Members of this pro-status-quo faction personally benefit from the traditional political boss structure, even though it has resulted in a very weak party organization.

Even if our pro-democracy faction is small, say 30% of the total group, we have more influence than our numbers suggest. The leaders in the MCDP are also elected county officials — Clerk of Courts, County Auditor, etc — their names periodically must appear on the ballot of a Democratic Primary. Mark Owens has chosen to not only hold an elected public office, Clerk of Courts, but also to be the Chairman of the MCDP. Karl Keith the county auditor plays a big role in the MCDP, so does Matt Heck and Nan Whaley. Because these leaders in the MCDP are also elected officials, I feel they have a special responsibility to be “pro-democracy” in their actions in the MCDP.  Because they have a lot of control in party, they have a special responsibility to show that the party is fair and that the system is not rigged. These elected officials, it seems, would want to agree that the Central Committee — along with all interested county Democrats — should be fully engaged and fully informed in the work and decisions of the MCDP.

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Will The MCDP Learn From The Winburn / Harris Contest And Choose The Strongest Candidate — Not The Strongest Insider?

Victor Harris with Governor Ted Strickland at MLK Day in Dayton, 2008.

In 2008, Democrats controlled two Montgomery County House Districts, OHD-39 and OHD-40. After redistricting in 2012, OHD-40 became OHD-43, with lots of Republicans added from Prebble County. The Democrats retained two districts for one more House term. But in 2014, incumbent Roland Winburn lost in a rough race with Republican, Jeff Rezabek.

Winburn was first elected to the Ohio House in 2008 and at the time, he got the job because he was the choice of the MCDP insiders. If there had been an even playing

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Following The January MCDP Meeting — Suggestions for Kurt Hatcher, New MCDP Executive Director

The new MCDP Executive Director, Kurt Hatcher

Mark Owens, MCDP Chairperson, has named Kurt Hatcher to be the new MCDP Executive Director. This is a paid position, but is not full time. Kurt is replacing Sarah Greathouse. Kurt was the campaign manager for Scott Dickerson in the OHD-42 contest that re-elected Republican Niraj Antani.

Kurt —

Congratulations for being named as Executive Director for the MCDP. I am pulling for you to a successful director. As a member of the Central Committee who is concerned about the disorder of the January 17 Central Committee meeting, I am requesting

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The Big Hairy Audacious Goal that The Montgomery County Democratic Party Should Focus On: “We Choose To BE BEST”

John Kennedy inspired Americans with his Big Hairy Audacious Goal of going to the moon

I keep coming back to this — Thank you Donald Trump — I’m gripped by the conviction that we are in desperate need of a strong Democratic Party. We need a sense of urgency that maintaining the Democratic Party status quo is not good enough — doing more of the same, but with greater enthusiasm, is not good enough. We need an inspiring vision of a twenty-first century Democratic Party. I like the notion of a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) — a

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After Losing His Clerk Of Courts Election, Russ Joseph Asks The MCDP To Appoint Him To The County Treasurer’s Office

Russ Joseph just lost his election to remain Clerk of Courts. Now he is asking the MCDP to appoint him County Treasurer to complete Carolyn Rice’s term

Russ Joseph is seeking to be appointed Montgomery County Treasurer, the office vacated because Caroline Rice was elected Montgomery County Commissioner. The Democratic Party is empowered by state law to make the appointment. In a letter sent to Central Committee members, Joseph wrote: “I humbly ask for your support for the appointment to Montgomery County Treasurer and hope you’ll attend the MCDP meeting on January 17.”

Joseph has a long-time relationship

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