Ohio Democratic Party

State Executive Committee Minutes

February 17, 2022

6:00 PM

Via Zoom

 

Members Present: Christopher Anderson, Michael Ashford, Joyce Beatty, Courtney Belcher, Bill Benner, Tom Bevan, Linda Borgert, Janine Boyd, Dean Brill, Jeniece Brock, Stacy Brooks, Jane Buder Shapiro, Tim Burga, Tim Burke, Janet Carson, Marjorie Castanien, Grace Cherrington, Kathleen Clyde, Colleen Corrigan-Day, Judy Craig,  Brad Cromes, Melissa Cropper, Pete Crossland, Robert Davis, Tim Davis, Tim DeGeeter, Bill DeMora, Cynthia Dempsey, Dean DePiero, Kathy DiCristofaro, Scott DiMauro, Bonnie Dunkelman, Pat Frost-Brooks,  Tavia Galonski, Karen Gasper,  Lou Gentile, Phil Giavasis, John Gilligan, Bethe Goldenfield, Sean Grayson, Karla Martin, Mark Hardig, Yvonne Harper, John Haseley, Melissa Hedden, Ed Helvey, Brian Hester, Steve Hightower, Adrienne Hines, Timothy Hogan, LaTyna Humphrey, Gayle Jackson, Shane Jackson, Shawn Jackson, Theotis James, Jeff Johnson, Joyce Kale-Pesta, Eric Kearney, Karl Keith, Brigid Kelly, Richard Kerns, Samara Knight, Marcia Knox, Ben Leland, Constance Lighthall, Ken Lortz, Kevin Malecek, Mark Mallory, Larry Malone, Ron Malone, Gary Martin, Valarie McCall, Gwen McFarlin, Margaret Murray, Josh Norris,  John O’Grady, Melanie Ogg, Mark Owens, Dylan Page, Terry Penrod, Dinah Phillips, Lynnie Powell, Mike Ray, Chris Redfern, Alicia Reece, Carolyn Rice, Tom Ritchie, Joe Rugola, Mary Rugola-Dye, Veda Rugola, Allison Russo, Tannar Rutschilling, Galen Schuerlein, Mike Sexton, Lee Shackelford, Paul Sohi, Jason Stevens, Maureen Sweeney, Emilia Sykes, Tom Tagliamonte, Ann Tanner, Kim Thomas, Nolan Thomas, Bridgette Tupes, Liam Walsh, Barbara Ward,  Ronnie Wardrup, Andre Washington, Paula Watson, Jeff Wensing, Thomas West, Carolyn Weston, Randy Weston, Lillian Williams-Purkey, Lupe Williams, Sandra Williams, Kathy Wyenandt, Matt Zone, Rob Zimmerman, and Chairwoman Liz Walters

 

Meeting was called to order by Chairwoman Liz Walters.

 

Pledge of Allegiance by College Democrats of Ohio Chair Liam Walsh.

 

Quorum Declared by Secretary Bill DeMora.

 

Approval of the minutes from December 7th Meeting meeting.  Motion by Gwen McFarlin. 2nd Beth Goldenfield.  Approved by majority.

 

Resolution 2022-01 – Appointment of Ohio House Democratic Leader. Motion by Emilia Sykes. 2nd by Tim Burga. Approved by majority.

 

Update on redistricting from Ohio House Democratic Leader Allison Russo.

 

2022 ODP Endorsements.  Report from Screening Committee Chair Bill DeMora.

Thank you to committee members John Haseley, Mike Sexton, Jeff Johnson, Pat Frost-Brooks, Tim Burke, Karen Gasper, Melanie Ogg, Rep. LaTyna Humphrey, Lillian Williams Purkey and Chris Anderson

 

U.S. Senate

The screening committee has unanimously recommend Tim Ryan for U.S. Senate.  Liam Walsh has placed in for nomination Morgan Harper. Remarks from Morgan Harper. Bill DeMora determines at the time of the vote there are 116 voters currently on the call. By a vote of 85 yes’s Tim Ryan is endorsed by ODP.  By a vote of 9 yes’s Morgan Harper is not endorsed by ODP.  

 

Governor

The screening committee has unanimously recommended neither candidate for endorsement.  

 

Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court

The screening committee has unanimously recommended Justice Jennifer Brunner for endorsement. By a majority vote Justice Jennifer Brunner has been endorsed by ODP. Remarks from Justice Jennifer Brunner.

 

Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court

The screening committee has unanimously recommended Judge Marilyn Zayas for endorsement.  By a majority vote Judge Marilyn Zayas has been endorsed. 

 

Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court

The screening committee has unanimously recommended Judge Terri Jamison for endorsement. By a majority vote Judge Terri Jamison has been endorsed. Remarks by Judge Terri Jamison. 

 

Resolution 2022-02 – Appointment of SD-16 Central/Executive Committee Member – Courtney Belcher. Motion by Joe Rugola. 2nd by Ed Helvey. Approved by majority.

 

Resolution 2022-03 – Appointment of an at-large member – Josh Norris. Motion by Samara Knight. 2nd by Tom Tagliamonte. Approved by majority.

 

The screening committee will meet again on Saturday, March 5th. The next committee meeting will occur on March 16th at 6pm via zoom. 

 

Motion to adjourn by Brian Hester.  2nd by Brad Cromes.