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Topic: #OHDEMGOV Candidates
Posted By: John Beagle
Subject: #OHDEMGOV Candidates
Date Posted: Sep 12 2017 at 8:16pm

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
-Joseph Campbell

Posted By: John Beagle
Date Posted: Sep 13 2017 at 9:37am

Constance Mary Pillich is a former Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 28th District since 2009. She was the Democratic candidate for Ohio State Treasurer in 2014.

She announced on March 13, 2017 that she will be a candidate for Governor of Ohio in 2018.

Ms. Pillich, who won election in a Republican majority state House district near Cincinnati, discussed the direction of the Democratic Party.

“I think we lost our way over the last few years,” she said. “Democrats have to reclaim our status as the party of workers, the party of young people, and, yes, the party of patriots. Because there’s nothing patriotic about sending jobs overseas just so you can fund a tax break for billionaires. Patriotism means investing in the middle class and making sure we have the jobs of the 21st Century.”

Connie Pillich walks the walk and talks the talk. 

The underappreciated Connie Pillich: Until Monday, it had been too easy to forget Connie Pillich in the jumble of Democratic prospects for governor. And this had been perplexing -- especially so, if you're Pillich -- for at least two reasons. For starters, Pillich essentially was the first Democrat to the starting line. Word trickled out nearly a year ago that the former state representative from the Cincinnati area was sounding out support for her campaign.

Beyond that, Pillich is one of few possible Democratic contenders who has statewide name-recognition. She ran, albeit unsuccessfully, for state treasurer in 2014. She earned deep admiration from party activists for taking on Republican incumbent Josh Mandel.

And when annual campaign finance reports were revealed in January, Pillich had $425,000 on hand. It was a respectable amount of cash, if not quite a scare-away-all-rivals amount.

Here's the 'but': Ohio Democrats would very much like to forget about 2014, which through no fault of Pillich's was a disastrous year for them at the ballot box. Many had been fixated on former Attorney General Richard Cordray and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of the Youngstown area.

Did Pillich peak too early? She has time to reassert herself. Her Monday announcement included a thematic and well-produced walk-and-talk that would make Aaron Sorkin proud. (Our Andrew J. Tobias offered another pop culture allusion -- to an iconic music video from the 1990s.) And her "We as Democrats have got to reclaim our status as patriots" line was instantly memorable. What Pillich has going for her, one Democratic insider told me, is confidence.

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
-Joseph Campbell

Posted By: John Beagle
Date Posted: Sep 14 2017 at 2:24pm
Joe Schiavoni, whose district includes the Youngstown area, was the first Democrat to formally declare his candidacy for governor. He entered the race after a fellow Youngstown-area Democrat, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, announced he would not run for governor. 

Schiavoni is largely unknown outside his district. And campaign finance reports show he began 2017 with about $39,000 on hand -- a low figure for someone with statewide aspirations. But Schiavoni's leadership post obligated him to spend big money on electing and re-electing Democratic lawmakers last year.

Our next Governor must be someone who can speak to voters in all parts of the state - urban, suburban and rural. Someone who will fight for all Ohioans, no matter where they live and no matter who they voted for in the past. Someone who can talk to people who don't regularly vote and inspire them to get involved and help bring about real change. Someone who tells it like it is and won't make promises they can't keep.

I am not a career politician, and I'm not going to be the anointed candidate. But I am a fighter, the fighter that Ohio needs. I will work harder than anyone, visit every part of the state and meet with every Ohioan I can until I win. Once elected, I will get to work giving ALL Ohioans the new leadership they are asking for and they deserve.
"After seven years of Republican control, we still don't have the high-paying jobs that places like Youngstown, Toledo and the Ohio Valley so desperately need," Schiavoni, a Democrat from Boardman, said. "Our roads and bridges are falling apart. Our public education system is woefully underfunded. Ohio's opioid epidemic continues to plague our communities. Meanwhile, Ohio Republicans give hundreds of millions of dollars to failing charter schools and billions in income tax cuts to the very rich.

"That's why I am running for Governor -- to provide the new generation of leadership we need to move Ohio forward," Schiavoni, 37, continued.


The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
-Joseph Campbell

Posted By: John Beagle
Date Posted: Sep 15 2017 at 9:26am

Nannette L. Whaley is the mayor of Dayton, Ohio having been elected in November 2013 following two City Commission terms. 

On May 8, 2017, Whaley announced that she was running for Governor of Ohio on a platform of job creation. 

She has raised the second-most of any Democratic gubernatorial candidate so far in 2017, ahead of Joe Schiavoni and Betty Sutton and behind only Connie Pillich.


Ohio is the heart of it all. In Ohio, we have the best people, the best businesses, the best places, and I truly believe that our best days are ahead of us.

But, right now, Ohioans feel invisible to this Governor and politicians in Columbus. Ohio needs to get back to work. We need to hold the drug companies that caused the heroin crisis accountable. And we need our state to reestablish partnerships with our local communities again.

To capture the governor’s office, Whaley will have to win her party’s nomination, build her statewide profile, raise $20 million and beat the Republican opponent.

Money problems
By Jeremy Pelzer,
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is having few problems raising money for her campaign, according to newly released campaign-finance records.

Her problem now is just that she can't spend most of it on running for governor.

Whaley's campaign reported raising $455,131 between Jan. 30 and July 31. But it wasn't her gubernatorial campaign that took in the money - it was her campaign to be re-elected mayor.

That's because Whaley isn't allowed under state law to have a gubernatorial campaign account while she runs for mayor. And even after Dayton's mayoral election is held Nov. 7, Whaley can only transfer a maximum of $200,000 from her mayoral campaign fund to her gubernatorial account, according to the Ohio secretary of state's office.

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
-Joseph Campbell

Posted By: John Beagle
Date Posted: Sep 19 2017 at 9:46am
Betty Sue Sutton (born July 31, 1963) served as a U.S. Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district from 2007 to 2013. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Sutton lost her 2012 re-election campaign after she was redistricted to the 16th District, losing to fellow incumbent Jim Renacci in the Republican-leaning district.

In 1992, at age 29, she was the youngest woman ever to be elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. She served for eight years and could not run again due to term limits

On July 24, 2013, the White House announced that Sutton would be appointed administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. The agency is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is a government owned corporation that operates and maintains the U.S. portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway between the Port of Montreal and Lake Erie. 
On March 7, 2017 Sutton announced that she would pursue the Democratic nomination for Governor of Ohio.

"I spent my life standing up for working families -- the laborers, the firefighters, the teachers," Sutton, a former labor lawyer who lives in Copley, said in a telephone interview. "I want to be the governor who stands up to the powerful interests [on behalf of] working people."

"This is a natural step, and I'm very, very lucky to have people in my corner supporting the public service I've done in the past and what I can do in the future as governor," she said.

"This isn't about any other potential candidates for me," Sutton replied when asked if a run by Cordray or anyone else would cause her to re-evaluate her candidacy. "This is really about taking up the mantle for Ohio families, for shifting the focus on priorities that matter to them."

In her last term as U.S. Representatvie, Betty introduced the ‘American Jobs First’ Initiative, a package of four bills that would help revive American manufacturing and put Americans back to work without requiring any major new spending. Her goal was to strengthen existing Made in America laws and level the playing field for American manufacturers.

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
-Joseph Campbell

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