Attorney David Betras was honored Saturday as the [Large] County Democratic Party Chairman of the Year for Ohio.
“I didn’t even know about it,” said Betras, Mahoning County’s Democratic Party chairman. “It was a total shock.”
While attending the state party’s annual fundraising dinner at the Columbus Convention Center, Betras was approached by a gentleman who escorted him to the stage.
He received a plaque, naming him Ohio Democratic Party [Large County] Chairman of the Year.
“I was beyond shocked,” he said.
“It really is an acknowledgement of this area and what we’ve always done for Democrats,” he said.
Tim Kaine, former Virginia governor and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was the evening’s keynote speaker. Gov. Ted Strickland and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher also attended.
“It was nice and a really nice honor,” Betras said. “It really goes out to all the people here. I think we’re getting the recognition we’ve long deserved for supporting Democrats.”