COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper in response to Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune’s announcement today:
“Hamilton County has become a reliably blue county, in both local and statewide elections, and the Democrat who started it all was Todd Portune, running a courageous and gutsy race to win a county commission seat in 2000. Ever since, he’s been a mentor to an entire generation of Hamilton County Democrats, blazing the path for others to succeed. I was fortunate to be one of the beneficiaries of his generous support, wise guidance and warm friendship.
“Beyond politics, Todd has been the model of a public servant, working tirelessly and across party lines to advance the interests of his beloved Hamilton County, in both good times and challenging ones. His legacy can of course be found in exciting new amenities in the county, such as the Reds stadium and the Banks Project. But far more importantly, his legacy is best measured by the thousands of people in the county who benefited from his never-ending quest to improve the lives of his constituents. From battling to decrease infant mortality, to broadening access to health care, to promoting issues such as environmental justice, equal opportunity and good jobs, Todd has never been distracted from the fundamental principle that politics and public service are about improving people’s lives.
“Todd has done all of this work as he bravely battled the most difficult of health challenges, not once or for a brief moment, but year after year. He’s never allowed those challenges to slow him down from helping others. Having worked with him up close and knowing how busy the life of a county commissioner can be, I can personally say, I have never seen a braver, tougher, more resilient human being than Todd Portune. And I always attributed his eternal optimism in public affairs — his constant belief that big, bold things were possible even as others doubted — to the fact that it’s been that same optimism that has powered him through even the most bleak medical prognoses, returning time and again equally or more energized than before.
“Thank you, Todd, for your service, your strength and your inspiration to so many. The entire Ohio Democratic Party family stands with you as you enter this new phase of your fight against cancer, all while continuing to work for the people of Hamilton County.”