Ohio Democratic Party Hosts Record-Breaking “Main Street” Training

More Than 130 Local Candidates And Campaign Staff Attend Main Street Initiative Kickoff for 2019

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party’s Main Street Initiative kicked off its 2019 year Saturday with more than 130 candidates and campaign staff in attendance out of over 900 signed up this year to run for local office through the program — both record-breaking numbers.

“There is no more important priority for the ODP than building a bench of great public servants, every year, starting at the local level. That’s our future, and that’s why we’re excited to see so many outstanding candidates stepping up and launching their campaigns,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “We believe everything starts at the local level, and we’re proud of the strong incumbents and energetic new candidates running in 2019. People are fired up to run this year, and we’re fired up to provide these candidates and their campaigns with training, resources and support services to help them to victory.”

More than 130 campaign staff and candidates for local office in races across Ohio participated in the Ohio Democratic Party’s first Main Street Initiative training of 2019 on Saturday.

The Main Street Initiative, now in its fifth year, recruits, trains and provides support to candidates running for local office.

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.
  • After being appointed earlier in 2018, 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 14 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.”