Nearly 600 Ohioans Sign Up To Run For Local Office Through Ohio Dems’ “Main Street Initiative”

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party’s Main Street Initiative, which recruits, trains and provides support to candidates running for local office, is looking forward to another record-breaking year, as nearly 600 Ohioans have already signed up to participate in the program in 2019.

“One of the most important priorities of the Ohio Democratic Party is to build a bench of great public servants, and we’re excited to see so many Ohioans stepping up to throw their hat in the ring next year,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “2019 will be the fifth year of our Main Street Initiative, and every year the program grows stronger. In the winter of 2018 we trained more than 100 candidates and campaigns, and this summer we trained nearly 200 potential future candidates in organizing, fundraising and digital outreach.”

The Ohio Democratic Party had several important Main Street victories in 2018:

  • Michael Stinziano won the auditor’s race in Franklin County — the first time a Democrat has held this office in over 80 years.

  • Stephanie Dumas was elected the first African-American commissioner in Hamilton County.

  • After being appointed earlier this year, Brandon McClain was elected Montgomery County recorder.

  • Carolyn Rice‘s victory in Montgomery County means the commission there is now all Democratic women.

Mayoral races will be an important area of focus in 2019. Democrats run Ohio’s five largest cities and 13 of the state’s 15 largest cities.

“Over the past four years we’ve expanded our bench and increased its diversity,” said Pepper. “We’ve won races in red counties in places like Chillicothe, Wilmington, Hillsboro and Fremont because we believe great Democratic candidates can win anywhere in Ohio.”

To sign up for the Main Street Initiative, go to: