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CDWC's Endorsements for the 2017 General Election

CDWC thanks all who participated in the second round of our process of endorsement for candidates and ballot issues.

Congratulations to the candidates now endorsed by the CDWC who are running for office in the following communities: 

Martin S. Horwitz (Mayor)
Gail McShepard (City Council)
James Pasch (City Council)

Susan "Sue" Grodek (City Council)
Meg Ryan Shockey (City Council)

Frank Jackson (Mayor)
Terrell Pruitt (City Council Ward 1)
Kerry McCormack (City Council Ward 3) 
Delitha "Gail" Sparks (City Council Ward 4)
Phyllis Cleveland (City Council Ward 5)
Blaine Griffin (City Council Ward 6)
Mike Polensek (City Council Ward 8)
Dona Brady (City Council Ward 11)
Anthony Brancatelli (City Council Ward 12)
Kevin Kelley (City Council Ward 13)
Jasmin Santana (City Council Ward 14)
Matt Zone (City Council Ward 15) 
Martin Keane (City Council Ward 17)

Jason Stein (City Council)
Cheryl Stephens (City Council)
Mike Ungar (City Council)
Melissa Yasinow (City Council)

Laura Gorshe (City Council Ward 8)

Chris Glassburn (City Council Ward 2) 

Ann Marie Donegan (Mayor)

Anne E. Williams (City Council)
Robert Zimmerman (City Council)

Ruth Gray (City Council Ward 1)
Sara Continenza (City Council Ward 3)
Jane Goodman (City Council Ward 4)

CDWC also endorses:

Issue 60: Cleveland Public Library Levy 
Issue 59: Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Levy

These endorsed candidates and issues join the candidates below (endorsed in July) in earning the support of CDWC for the November 7, 2017, General Election. 

Shayla Davis (City Council Ward 4)
Tenisha Mack (City Council Ward 2)

Tom Bullock (City Council At Large)
Cindy Marx (City Council At Large)

Mark Szabo (City Council Ward 4)
Katie Timmons (City Council Ward 3)

Kelly A. Kosek (City Council At Large)

Amy Havelka (City Council Ward 5) 

It's time to address gerrymandering in Ohio’s Congressional districts
Fair Districts Ohio logoLearn more, get updates…

…about the Fair Districts proposal and congressional redistricting reform campaign. Go to the websites of:

Fair Districts = Fair Elections
League of Women Voters of Ohio 

Cuyahoga County petition staging locations 

Anyone interested in helping the redistricting reform effort can visit these locations to sign a petition, pick up a petition booklet for collecting signatures, drop off completed booklets, and get more information. To view a list of these locations and hours, click here.

Redistricting reform in the news

View a Cleveland 19 news feature with LWVGC member Heather Macalla discussing the reform effort.



Please continue to make phone calls, especially to both of Ohio's senators, Sherrod Brown [Washington, DC, 202-224-2315; Cleveland, 216-522-7272; Columbus,  888-896-OHIO (6446)] and Rob Portman [Washington, DC, 292-224-3353; Cleveland, 216-522-7095; Columbus, 614-469-7747]. Make sure they know how you feel about the issues that are important to you.

Election Update

The next election is the November 7, 2017, General Election. 
Voter Registration Update      

You can now register to vote or update your voter registration online.


You must register to vote or update your voter registration no later than 30 days prior to an election.
This year's remaining voter registration deadline: 
  • October 10, 2017 for the November 7, 2017 General Election.
Other Voter Deadlines for the November 7 General Election: 
  • 10/11/2017 - Opening of Vote by Mail (Absentee) voting
  • 11/04/2017 - 12:00 Noon - Deadline for applications by mail for an absentee ballot to be mailed
  • 11/06/2017 - Voting in person at the Board of Elections ends
  • 11/06/2017 - All Vote by Mail/Absentee ballots mailed anywhere in the U.S. must be postmarked on or before this date and received at the Board of Elections on or before 11/17/2017 in order to be counted
  • 11/07/2017 - All overseas Vote by Mail ballots must be signed and submitted for mailing by 12:01 AM EDT on or before this date and received on or before 11/17/2017 in order to be counted.
  • 11/07/2017 - 6:30 am - 7:30 pm - Election Day - Provisional voting at the Board of Elections
  • 11/07/2017 - All Vote by Mail/Absentee ballots returned in person must be received at the Board of Elections by 7:30 pm in order to be counted.
Stay Informed
Judicial Votes Count
The Ohio Supreme Court, Bar Association, League of Women Voters of Ohio, and others have joined together for "Judicial Votes Count" (JVC) an online website with information on candidates for judge across the state and with educational information about what judges do and how to evaluate candidates. You can visit online at www.judicialvotescount.org. 
The League of Women Voters online voter's guide, VOTE411.org, is where you can find essential information that includes voter guides, absentee ballot and early voting information, biographical information about candidates, and both upcoming candidate forums and videos of forums. 

2018 Midterm Elections are a year away, but we should all stay up to date on the Democratic candidates! The following is a list of Democrats who have announced their candidacy:
  • U.S. Senator: Sherrod Brown (Incumbent)
  • Ohio Governor:
    • Former Ohio State Rep. Connie Pillich
    • Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley
    • State Senator Joe Schiavoni
    • Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton
  • Secretary of State: State Rep Kathleen Clyde
  • State Attorney General: Steve Dettelbach   

From NOVA (Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates) 
October 10, 2017

November Turnout and Vote By Mail

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) is estimating a projected turnout of 34% for this election with 75% of the votes being cast on Election Day and 25% via Vote By Mail (VBM) or Early Voting. Less than 1% of registered voters have individually requested ballots. The BOE is not mailing VBM applications this year to our 883,000 registered voters. Political parties will be mailing around 6,000, a very small percentage of membership. Non-partisan sources have requested 2,000 VBM applications as of October 2nd.

It's important to understand how significant VBM is on a "local" election compared to presidential or mid-term elections. Since our preliminary research from 2015 shows increased turnout via VBM in lower income areas, we definitely need additional data this year for "local" election comparison purposes. Such data helps us plan strategically for 2018 and 19.

Call To Action: 10 Days Remaining to Promote VBM
Please review our Calendar and sign up to promote VBM at Food Pantries, Job and Family Services (Payne Ave.) and CSU....if you've been previously trained. Voter Registration ends on Oct. 10, but we will promote VBM at these locations until October 24. Please sign up below. Voting materials can be picked up at Shaker Towers.

Username: volunteer
Password: vol4nova (volunteer 4 nova)
Click: By Month

Research shows that volunteering sets a good example for family and friends, teaches new skills, expands connections with others, and makes us feel better with a personal sense of accomplishment.

Our work is important for this election and the future of Cleveland's under-served communities. Your volunteer support is deeply appreciated. Keep in touch with us for Get Out the Vote initiatives later this month.

Susan Alcorn, NOVA, Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates (216-640-3891)

Looking for meetings, marches, rallies, or other action near you and around Ohio?
ProgressOhio's Progressive Action Calendar

If you are just getting started, there is also a basic Action Page with some things you can do right away: http://progressohio.org/takeaction/

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Please check our CDWC Events page and our Other Events to Know About page for listings of happenings of particular interest to Democratic women in Cuyahoga County. 

The Cuyahoga Democratic Women's Caucus is a chapter of the Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus, which is an official caucus of the Ohio Democratic Party. We are dedicated to bringing women into the political process by educating, engaging, and mobilizing women voters to help elect Democrats to office.


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