This week I had the privilege of (virtually) welcoming dozens of new organizers to the 2020 Victory: Battleground Ohio team, and they spent the past few days participating in an online training, getting ready to help us turn Ohio blue in 2020.
Even though this campaign has been unlike any other we’ve seen in our lifetimes, we are continuing to ramp up for Election Day — which is now just 123 days away. Many of the events we look forward to in a presidential campaign are changing because of the coronavirus crisis, but the great thing is that we are now able to make them more interactive and inclusive for everyone to participate.
First of all, our State Convention — when we elect the 18 Ohioans who will serve as our Democratic presidential electors — will be happening on Saturday, Aug. 1. We’re still in the planning stages of what will now be a virtual event, but we already have a number of amazing guests set to speak. So save the date now for our State Convention!
Secondly, we are looking forward to a phenomenal Democratic National Convention, when delegates from across the nation and around the globe will nominate Joe Biden to become our next president. The convention will be anchored every night in Milwaukee and will include four nights of programming, starting on Monday, Aug. 17. In addition, there will be virtual events, with opportunities for grassroots activists and volunteers to be a part of the experience.
If you want to be the first to find out about our State Convention and the Democratic National Convention, sign up for updates by texting CONVENTION to 79229.
The other official business of the Democratic National Convention is crafting our party’s platform. This document defines what we stand for as Democrats and provides a progressive blueprint for the next four years. The Democratic National Convention Committee is inviting voters to share what ideas, values and beliefs they want to see reflected in our party’s platform. Anyone with ideas about the party’s agenda can record, upload and share their story in a brief video message.
To learn more or to get started with your own video, visit stories.demconvention.com.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Fourth of July holiday weekend with your loved ones.
Thanks so much for being a part of this,
Ohio Democratic Party
Ohio Coronavirus Cases Surge
With more than 1,300 new cases reported in Ohio on Thursday, the coronavirus crisis is surging in the Buckeye State and across the country, but Republican leaders in Washington and at the Ohio Statehouse have dismissed science and public health experts and politicized the pandemic response.
The Ohio Democratic Party hosted a virtual roundtable discussion to discuss the recent surge in coronavirus infections in Ohio with state Rep. Allison Russo, a health care policy expert; Dr. Rachael Morocco, a pediatrician running for Ohio House District 67 in Delaware County; Dr. Ean Bett, a family medicine physician and member of the Physicians Action Network; and Dr. Anita Somani, an ob-gyn and past president of the Columbus Medical Association.
Every speaker emphasized the importance of wearing masks in public to prevent further spread — but Donald Trump has politicized the issue, asserting that wearing a mask is a political statement against him.
“As Dr. Fauci warns we could soon see 100,000 new coronavirus cases every single day and the CDC says the coronavirus outbreak is spreading too rapidly in the U.S. to bring it under control, the Trump administration has basically given up on trying to fight the pandemic,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper.
OHIO DEMS IN THE HEADLINES
Ohio House Dems Taking a Virtual Tour
Ohio House Democrats are holding a virtual town hall tour this summer to discuss statewide issues like COVID-19, jobs and the economy, racial justice and police reforms.
“This virtual town hall tour may look different, but its importance remains the same. The conversations we have will continue to inform our work to find solutions to the issues that matter most to our communities — from a resurgent pandemic and economic uncertainty to racial justice and a real plan for a safe, accessible election this November,” said Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Sykes. “Democrats are here to listen, and I hope every Ohioan takes the opportunity to join us on this tour. At the end of the day our job as lawmakers is to work for you, and that’s more important now than ever.”
- Tuesday, July 7 — Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall with Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Sykes
- Tuesday, July 7 — Coffee with Kate Schroder for Congress on Facebook Live
- Thursday, July 9 — Virtual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser with Joan Sweeny for Ohio House
- Friday, July 10 — Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall with State Representatives Sedrick Denson, Catherine Ingram, Brigid Kelly and Jessica Miranda
- Saturday, July 11 — Virtual Fundraiser for Nick Rubando for Congress with Congressman Tim Ryan
- Saturday, July 11 — Virtual Happy Hour with Mark Fogel for Ohio Senate
- Sunday, July 12 — Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin’s Pig Roast & Fish Fry
- Tuesday, July 14 — Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall with State Representatives David Leland, Mary Lightbody, Beth Liston and Allison Russo
- Tuesday, July 14 — Virtual Town Hall with Crystal Lett and Kathy Wyenandt for Ohio Senate
- Wednesday, July 15 — Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall with State Rep. Stephanie Howse
- Thursday, July 16 — State Sen. Hearcel Craig’s 71st Birthday Fundraiser
- Thursday, July 16 — Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall with State Rep. Joe Miller
- Monday, July 20 — Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall with State Rep. Phil Robinson
- Monday, July 20 — Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall with State Rep. Thomas West
- Monday, July 20 — Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall with State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson, Michael Sheehy and Lisa Sobecki
- Tuesday, July 21 — Virtual Town Hall with Crystal Lett and Tom Jackson for Ohio Senate
- Tuesday, July 21 — Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall with State Rep. Kent Smith with special guests Senate Democratic Leader Kenny Yuko and Cuyahoga County Councilmember Sunny Simon
- Wednesday, July 22 — Vino the Vote with Red, Wine & Blue
- Wednesday, July 22 — Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall with State Representatives Richard Brown, Erica Crawley, Mary Lightbody and Allison Russo
- Wednesday, July 22 — Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall with State Rep. Tavia Galonski
- Thursday, July 23 — Virtual Reception for State Sen. Nickie Antonio
- Wednesday, July 29 — Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall with State Rep. Tavia Galonski
- Wednesday, July 29 — Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall with State Rep. Erica Crawley
- Thursday, July 30 — Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall with State Representatives Jeff Crossman and Bride Sweeney
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