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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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In 2019, The MCDP Should Focus On Advancing Its Radical New Mission To “EMPOWER DEMOCRACY”

My bad cat, Rocky, shown studying the new MCDP Constitution

Last year, I served on the MCDP Constitution Committee, chaired by Mark Owens. In its one and only meeting, the Committee voted on the nine possible changes to the MCDP Constitution that I had proposed. The Committee approved the first four — establishing that the mission of the organization is to “empower democracy” — but rejected the five proposals to establish new endorsement procedures.

I was happy that Mark agreed to the four changes to the MCDP Constitution. I was surprised. I had assumed that a proposal to

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