COLUMBUS – The Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus released the following statement from ODWC Chair Kathy DiCristofaro on the 2015 election results:
“This week was a great one for Democratic women all across Ohio. The Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus lent our enthusiastic support to Toledo’s first African-American woman mayor, Paula Hicks-Hudson, and we also championed the re-election efforts of Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry and Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda. Other ODWC-endorsed candidates who prevailed on Election Night were Elizabeth Brown for Columbus City Council, Michelle Paris for Bedford Municipal Court Judge and Carol Roe for Cleveland Heights City Council.
“Across the state there were many more victories for Democratic women, including Maple Heights electing their first African-American woman mayor, Annette Blackwell, and Euclid electing their first woman mayor, Kirsten Holzheimer Gail. The city of Stow voted to keep Mayor Sara Drew. Melissa Gibson Carter won re-election to Pataskala City Council, and Councilwoman Jaiza Page will remain on Columbus City Council. Carolyn Casper won her race for Upper Arlington City Council.
“In addition, we have a new crop of young women who will be joining the ranks of Democratic elected officials in Ohio. In Tipp City, the top vote-getter for city council was 35-year-old Carrie Arblaster, and 25-year-old Kelsey Swindler won her race for Wilmington City Council.
“All in all, we are so proud of all of the Democratic women who ran for office this year in Ohio. We look forward to seeing what our Democratic women can achieve for the people and communities they serve.”