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Next Club Meeting via Zoom: Tuesday, June 30th, 7 PM

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Featured Speaker:
Dr. Michael G. Shoaf, Superintendent, Rocky River Board of Education.  Dr. Shoaf will discuss plans for the upcoming school year, the impact of budget cuts, and answer your questions.

Please feel free to share this with your friends and neighbors in the community; everyone is invited to participate.  To receive the phone number and link to this meeting that will be held via Zoom, please click HERE.

New Club Treasurer, Updated Bylaws, Support Aaron and Monique

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We are very pleased to announce that Cassimir Svigelj is the new Treasurer of the Rocky River Democratic Club!

We enthusiastically congratulate and welcome Cassimir as a Club Officer.  You may remember Cassimir’s strong candidacies that tell of a man who cares deeply about improving the lives of the citizens of our community and state.  As fellow Club officers, we look forward to working closely with Cassimir to elect Democratic candidates in this most important election year.

Also by majority during the May 26th meeting, the Club voted to approve its updated Bylaws and Constitution. 


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MAY 26TH MEETING VIA ZOOM

Andrew Bemer, Law Director, City of Rocky River
Mr. Bemer reviewed the operations of various city departments and agencies during the state-mandated shutdown.  He addressed the city’s Charter Review that is done every 6 years, and the final steps in the process to get it on the ballot for the General Election. He noted the significant payroll tax loss of $900,000 to the city’s budget since the onset of the pandemic.  Governor DeWine also plans to cut $805,000 to Rocky River schools from the State’s funding pool while the State of Ohio has a budget surplus of $2.7 BILLION (that’s not a typo).   Mr. Bemer encouraged residents to visit the City of Rocky River’s website at www.rrcity.com for the wealth of information it provides.

Aaron Godfrey and Monique Smith
Both Aaron and Monique addressed the changes the pandemic has brought to traditional ways of campaigning.  Rather than knocking on doors and in-person gatherings, reliance will be on social media, phone banking, and mailings.  They also noted the significant advantage that incumbents have in elections.  While their Republican opponents may try to appear moderate to voters in our community, they, nonetheless, wholeheartedly espouse the Trump Republican agenda.

It is difficult for candidates like Monique and Aaron to come right out and ask for donations to sustain a costly virtual campaign against their well-funded Republican opponents.  On their behalf, the Rocky River Democratic Club asks you to consider making a donation of any amount to each of their campaigns.  We realize that these are financially challenging times and that there are many worthy causes.  Donating to help a Legislator win can bring big changes in our lives; and it is one of the most important contributions we can make. Whether it’s $5, $10 or $20, it’s our cumulative strength in numbers that makes a difference.

Donate to Aaron Godfrey, Democratic candidate for the United States Congress, District 16click HERE.

Donate to Monique Smith, Democratic candidate for State Representative of Ohio House District 16 – Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Westlake, click HERE.

Giving Tree Project
The Giving Tree Project provides free face masks to community members who do not have access to them or cannot afford them.  The project began with local attorney Kira Krivosh, State Senator Nickie Antonio and a group of volunteers The first donation event was in Rocky River on May 28th, and the organization plans the next donation event in Lakewood in the coming weeks.   Masks are free and are replenished daily on a first come, first serve basis.  If you are interested in becoming a sewer, they provide kits with fabric and instructions. If you do not sew, they need fabric cutters and additional volunteers. For more information and to volunteer, please send an email to GivingTreeProjectRR@gmail.com


ELECTION 2020

Vote by Mail for November 3rd
Even though you voted by mail in the primary, unfortunately, you’ll need to repeat the application process for November 3rd.

You can submit a vote by mail application NOW to receive your vote by mail ballot at the appropriate time for the November 3rd General Election.  

  • Online: To request or print a vote by mail application from the Board of Elections website, click HERE
  • Phone: Call the Board of Elections and request that a vote by mail application be mailed to you. Phone: 216-443-8683
  • Email: Send an email to the Rocky River Democratic Club and we’ll deliver an application to your home.  Email: submit@rockyriverdems.org

On the vote by mail application, please remember to: 1) select General Election, and 2) write the year “2020”


CLUB MEETINGS:
Thank you to those who joined us during the May 26th meeting.  Because it was done on Zoom, we would love your feedback.  If you have 15 seconds to answer 3 quick questions, it would be most helpful.  Please click HERE.

The next meeting of the Rocky River Democratic Club is scheduled on Tuesday, June 30th at 7 PM.  We’ll provide more information soon in a separate email.

Next Meeting of the Club via Zoom: Tuesday, May 26, 6 PM

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UPDATE FROM CITY OF ROCKY RIVER
Save the Date!
Next Web Meeting of the 
ROCKY RIVER DEMOCRATIC CLUB
Tuesday, May 26 at 6 PM via Zoom
Click HERE to register for May 26 at 6 PM!
The link and phone number will be forwarded to registrants on Monday, May 25th.
If you received an email from us confirming that we received your registration, you do not need to register again!

FEATURED SPEAKER:
Andrew Bemer, Law Director, City of Rocky River
Mr. Bemer will address how the City of Rocky River is dealing with Covid-19 issues in the community; and discuss the City’s plans for the remainder of the year.

FEATURED CANDIDATE SPEAKERS:
Aaron Godfrey
Democratic candidate for the United States Congress, District 16  
On November 3rd, Aaron will face incumbent Republican Anthony Gonzalez who votes in line with Trump 93% of the time; and who voted not to impeach Trump along with his Republican congressional colleagues.  To go to Aaron Godfrey’s website, click HERE.

Monique Smith
Democratic candidate for State Representative of Ohio House District 16 – Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Westlake
On November 3rd, Monique will face incumbent Republican Dave Greenspan.  Our district voted Democratic in both the 2016 presidential and the 2018 midterm elections.  Let’s have a Democrat represent us in the Statehouse.  To go to Monique Smith’s website, click HERE.


CLUB BUSINESS:
The Club will vote on electing Cassimir Svigelj as the new Treasurer of the Rocky River Democratic Club.  The timing of this Club Officer election is the result of Rob McRae’s removal as Club Treasurer by majority vote of the Club on February 19th.

Mr. McRae and Mr. McRae’s PAC, Democrats of Rocky River (DemsofRiver), have no official role or affiliation with the following: Our Club – the Rocky River Democratic Club, the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, the Ohio Democratic Party, or the Western Cuyahoga County Democrats (WCCD) PAC.  We wish Mr. McRae the best in his future endeavors.

The Club will also vote to enact the updated Constitution and Bylaws of the Rocky River Democratic Club.  To view a draft of the Club Bylaws, click HERE.  To view a draft of the Club Constitution, click HERE.  To view proposed amendments, click HERE.


ZOOM:
Zoom simply allows you to see speakers on the screen of your phone/computer/tablet; and allows you to be seen, if you so choose.

You will need to receive a link to join the Zoom (visual) part of the meeting.  You can also join the meeting just by phone.  Please send us an email at submit@rockyriverdems.org to register.

Click HERE to register for May 26 at 6 PM!
The link and phone number will be forwarded to registrants on Monday, May 25th.

If you received an email from us confirming that we received your registration, you do not need to register again!


ELECTION 2020

Vote by Mail for November 3rd
Even though you voted by mail in the primary, unfortunately, you’ll need to repeat the application process for November 3rd.

You can submit a vote by mail application NOW
to receive your vote by mail ballot at the appropriate time
for the November 3rd General Election. 
 
  • Online: To request or print a vote by mail application from the Board of Elections website, click HERE
  • Phone: Call the Board of Elections and request that a vote by mail application be mailed to you. Phone: 216-443-8683
  • Email: Send an email to the Rocky River Democratic Club and we’ll deliver an application to your home.  Email: submit@rockyriverdems.org

On the vote by mail application, please remember to: 1) select General Election, and 2) write the year “2020”

Joe Biden
For President
1. To volunteer directly with the Biden campaign, click HERE. The link takes you to Vice President Biden’s website action center where you can sign-up for phone banking and view digital events.
2. Send the Rocky River Democratic Club Team an email and be added to our volunteer list for local efforts on the west side when they become available.  To sign-up, click HERE.

This Memorial Day Weekend, we join with you in honoring those who gave their lives to preserve our Democracy.   “America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.” – Paul Tsongas

Remember to click HERE to register for our web meeting, and we look forward to you talking with you on the 26th!

Next Club Meeting: Tuesday, May 26, 6 PM Via ZOOM!

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Save the Date!
Next Web Meeting of the 
ROCKY RIVER DEMOCRATIC CLUB
Tuesday, May 26 at 6 PM via Zoom
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FEATURED SPEAKER:Andrew Bemer, Law Director, City of Rocky River
Mr. Bemer will address how the City of Rocky River is dealing with Covid-19 issues in the community; and discuss the City’s plans for the remainder of the year.

FEATURED CANDIDATE SPEAKERS:

Aaron Godfrey
Democratic candidate for the United States Congress, District 16  
On November 3rd, Aaron will face incumbent Republican Anthony Gonzalez who votes in line with Trump 93% of the time; and who voted not to impeach Trump along with his Republican congressional colleagues.  To go to Aaron Godfrey’s website, click HERE.

Monique Smith
Democratic candidate for State Representative of Ohio House District 16 – Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Westlake
On November 3rd, Monique will face incumbent Republican Dave Greenspan.  Our district voted Democratic in both the 2016 presidential and the 2018 midterm elections.  Let’s have a Democrat represent us in the Statehouse.  To go to Monique Smith’s website, click HERE.


CLUB BUSINESS:
The Club will vote on electing Cassimir Svigelj as the new Treasurer of the Rocky River Democratic Club.

The Club will also vote to enact the updated Constitution and Bylaws of the Rocky River Democratic Club.  For a draft of the Club Bylaws, click HERE.  For a draft of the Club Constitution, click HERE.

ZOOM:
Zoom simply allows you to see speakers on the screen of your phone/computer/tablet; and allows you to be seen, if you so choose.

You will need to receive a link to join the Zoom (visual) part of the meeting.  You can also join the meeting just by phone.  Please send us an email at submit@rockyriverdems.org to register.

Click HERE to register for May 26 at 6 PM!
The link and phone number will be forwarded to you closer to the meeting.

ELECTION 2020

Vote by Mail for November 3rd
Even though you voted by mail in the primary, unfortunately, you’ll need to repeat the application process for November 3rd.
You can submit a vote by mail application NOW to receive your vote by mail ballot at the appropriate time for the November 3rd General Election.  

  • Online: To request or print a vote by mail application from the Board of Elections website, click HERE
  • Phone: Call the Board of Elections and request that a vote by mail application be mailed to you. Phone: 216-443-8683
  • Email: Send an email to the Rocky River Democratic Club and we’ll deliver an application to your home.  Email: submit@rockyriverdems.org

On the vote by mail application, please remember to: 1) select General Election, and 2) write the year “2020”

Joe Biden
For President
1. To volunteer directly with the Biden campaign, click HERE. The link takes you to Vice President Biden’s website action center where you can sign-up for phone banking and view digital events.
2. Send the Rocky River Democratic Club Team an email and be added to our volunteer list for local efforts on the west side when they become available.  To sign-up, click HERE.

While our attention is on all of the issues that have arisen because of the pandemic, it is also laser-focused on November 3rd.  Working together, we will achieve success.  Remember to click HERE to register for our web meeting, and we look forward to you talking with you on the 26th!

Thank You’s, Congratulations, Cuts to Education, Vote by Mail, Save the Dates…..

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Jennifer O’Donnell:
Thank you to  Rocky River resident Jennifer O’Donnell for stepping forward to run for Judge in the Court of Common Pleas.  Jennifer embodies the qualities of experience, kindness, and compassion that we seek in any candidate.  We are proud that she is a Democratic precinct leader in our community and an active member of the Club; and we will be proud to support her candidacy again in the future.  Thank you, Jennifer!
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Chris Glassburn:
Thank you to North Olmsted Councilman Chris Glassburn for helping to spearhead the making of medical face shields that are donated to Northeast Ohio hospitals and safety forces.  They do not charge, and recently dropped off face shield donations to police and fire departments in North Olmsted and Rocky River.  What began with North Olmsted residents and Maple Intermediate School PTA members has grown to 128 volunteers in eight counties.  To read more about their efforts, click HERE.  To make a much needed donation, click HERE.
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Rocky River Voters:

Congratulations to you, the voters.  Ninety two percent of Rocky River Democrats requested a vote by mail ballot!  We should be proud of our civic engagement and patriotism.  You can begin completing a vote by mail application NOW for the November 3rd General Election.  It is not too early!  See additional details, below, under “Election 2020.”
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Graduating Class of Rocky River High School:
Congratulations to this year’s graduating class of Rocky River High School!  The actor Tom Hanks called the 2020 graduates of Wright State University the “chosen ones” in his virtual valedictory speech.  While graduates everywhere this year will mark their lives in terms of before and after Covid-19, we know that our graduates will prosper and succeed in ways we can only imagine.


DeWine’s Cuts to Education:
Under Governor DeWine’s planned budget cuts, Rocky River and Westlake are among the top 20 school districts in the state to sustain the largest cuts.   Rocky River will lose $805,051; a 55% reduction from the state’s funding pool.  The State of Ohio has a budget surplus of $2.7 BILLION.  This surplus is your tax dollars that DeWine believes should be saved for a rainy day.  If there ever was a rainy day, this is it!
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If you would like to contact Governor DeWine about his proposed cuts, call his office at  (614) 644-4357, or use the online email form HERE.


ELECTION 2020
Vote by Mail for November 3rd
No need to wait or take a chance about in-person voting.  Just as you did for the April 28th primary, you can submit a vote by mail application NOW to receive your vote by mail ballot at the appropriate time for the November 3rd General Election.  
  • Online: To request or print a vote by mail application from the Board of Elections website, click HERE
  • Phone: Call the Board of Elections and request that a vote by mail application be mailed to you. Phone: 216-443-8683
  • Email: Send an email to the Rocky River Democratic Club and we’ll deliver an application to your home.  Email: submit@rockyriverdems.org
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On the vote by mail application, please remember to: 1) select General Election, and 2) write the year “2020”
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Joe Biden
For President

1. To volunteer directly with the Biden campaign, click HERE. The link takes you to Vice President Biden’s website action center where you can sign-up for phone banking and view digital events.
2. Send the Rocky River Democratic Club Team an email and be added to our volunteer list for local efforts on the west side when they become available.  To sign-up, click HERE.

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Aaron Godfrey
Democratic candidate for the United States Congress, District 16  
On November 3rd, Aaron will face incumbent Republican Anthony Gonzalez who votes in line with Trump 93% of the time; and who voted not to impeach Trump along with his Republican congressional colleagues.  To go to Aaron Godfrey’s website, click HERE.
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Monique Smith
Democratic candidate for State Representative of Ohio House District 16 – 
Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Westlake
On November 3rd, Monique will face incumbent Republican Dave Greenspan.  Our district voted Democratic in both the 2016 presidential and the 2018 midterm elections.  Let’s have a Democrat represent us in the Statehouse.  To go to Monique Smith’s website, click HERE.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Rocky River City Council Meetings
We can now attend Rocky River’s municipal city council meetings online. As our community faces the social and economic impact of the pandemic, engagement with local city government is more important than ever.  City council meetings are usually held on Monday’s at 7 PM.  To receive a link to the livestream, check the council meeting schedule on the City’s municipal website HERE; or email Councilwoman Christina Morris at cmorris@rrcity.org

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City Club of Cleveland
Return to the Ohio Statehouse: What Policy Priorities Will Prevail?

Friday, May 15, 12:30 PM (web meeting)
The pandemic has cost Ohio’s government about $1 billion in lost revenue, resulting in Governor DeWine’s announcement of $775 million in budget cuts over the next two months. As Ohio lawmakers return to work for the first time since March 25, what policy responses will be prioritized?  Speakers: Nickie J. Antonio, Ohio Senate, District 23 and Matt Dolan, Ohio Senate, District 24.  For details on the livestream, click HERE.

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Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus
11th Annual Brunch and Conversation: The Urgency of 2020

Saturday, May 16, 11:30 AM (web meeting)
Keynote Speaker: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, along with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and U.S. Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge.  To register for this free webinar, click HERE.
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Next Meeting of the Rocky River Democratic Club
Tuesday, May 26, 7 PM (web meeting)
Join us via Zoom for the next Club meeting.  We’ll provide more information about the meeting in a separate email.  To receive the link, please send an email to: submit@rockyriverdems.org
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Gerrymandering and Ohio: What to Expect
Thursday, May 28, 7 PM (web meeting)
Ohio is a highly gerrymandered state, and our congressional District 16 is like the piece of a jigsaw puzzle that helps to ensure a Republican advantage from rural areas.  Rocky River itself is divided into two congressional districts!   Watch national and local experts share their concerns and perspectives.  Cosponsored by Common Cause Ohio and the League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland.  To register and receive the web link, click HERE.

 

Congratulations to the April 28th Primary Winners!

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First, congratulations TO YOU, THE VOTER!  This was the first primary election that was entirely vote by mail, and you voted in huge numbers!  We’ll be in touch again soon about voting by mail for the General Election in November.

We congratulate all the winning Democratic Candidates, and would like to highlight a few that follow.   These results are based on April 28th and can be viewed on the Board of Elections website HERE .   Because of the April 27th postmark deadline and provisional voting, the Board of Elections will release final voting results on May 8th.

Thank you to the candidates who ran, but were unsuccessful.  You enriched our democratic process and we hope to see you in the future.


JOE BIDEN
For President of the United States

Joe Biden is the Presumptive Democratic Nominee for President.  As it has with most everything else, the pandemic has changed traditional campaigning.  Here are two ways you can help:

1. To volunteer for digital campaigning, click HERE. The link takes you to Vice President Biden’s action center on his website where you can sign-up for phone banking and view digital events.

2. Send the Rocky River Democratic Club Team an email and be added to our volunteer list.  As soon as we learn about activities on the West Side, we’ll be back in touch with concrete ways that you can become involved.  To sign-up, click HERE.


AARON GODFREY
For the U.S. Congress, District 16
Aaron Godfrey is a physicist in the Ohio aerospace industry, a nonprofit professional, environmental advocate, a life-long democrat, and resident of Westlake.  Thankfully, Democrats won Congress in the 2018 midterms — imagine if that had not happened!  Let’s help send Aaron to Congress to serve with Nancy Pelosi and Adam SchiffTo go to Aaron’s website, click HERE.


MONIQUE SMITH
For State Representative of Ohio House District 16
Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Westlake

Monique Smith resides in Fairview Park and combines her political experience, having served as a Lakewood Councilwoman, with corporate experience in marketing and sales for some of Ohio’s best-known companies.  Our district voted Democratic in the 2018 midterms.  Let’s have a Democrat represent us in the Ohio Statehouse.  To go to Monique’s website, click HERE.


CAMPAIGN RELATED: U.S. CENSUS AND CLUB DUES

U.S. Census:
We’ve voted; now let’s stand up and be counted.  67.6% of Rocky River households have taken part in the 2020 Census, but we still need everyone’s help.  An accurate count brings more federal funds to our city for schools, health care, road construction, and more.  Also, political districts at all levels are drawn based on population data.  Please remind family and friends to complete the census by returning the form they receive in the mail.  It’s fast and easy; and can also be completed online and by phone.  To go to the U.S. Census website, click HERE or call 844-330-2020 every day from 7 AM until 2 AM.
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Rocky River Democratic Club Dues:
The entire Club is volunteer-driven and all member dues are used to promote Democratic candidates. You probably received a door hanger or postcard produced and distributed by the Club.  It’s at our local level where grassroots efforts take place.  This is the time of year we ask for member renewals.  Dues can be paid online on our website, or the form can be downloaded from our website and dues paid by check.  To renew, please click HERE. Thank you!


UPCOMING EVENTS

Analysis of the Primary and What to Expect in November Featuring Leadership of the County and State Democratic Parties
Tuesday, May 5, 7 PM (digital town hall)
Join Shontel Brown, Chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, and David Pepper, Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party, for an analysis of the April 28th primary and a preview of efforts in our area to elect Democrats in November.  The digital town hall will be moderated by Erik Meinhardt, President of the Lakewood Democratic Club.  To register and receive a link to the meeting, click HERE.


OHIO REOPENS

Governor DeWine has outlined his plan to reopen Ohio amid the Covid-19 pandemic.  Click HERE for more information on:

May 1: all nonessential medical procedures at hospitals that do not require an overnight stay will be allowed to resume
May 4: Offices, construction and manufacturing
May 12: Retailers and service companies

Please also check the City of Rocky River municipal website HERE for local updates.

10 Days And Counting! Obama Endorses Biden. Earth Day With Sherrod Brown

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THE OHIO PRIMARY ELECTION 
Help Spread the Word!
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Saturday, April 25th, Noon: Deadline to submit a vote by mail application. 

Monday, April 27th: Vote by Mail ballots must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service.

Tuesday, April 28th, until 7:30 PM: Ballots can be delivered in-person to the Board of Elections (BOE) located at  2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.

PLEASE NOTE: Governor DeWine’s June 2nd date no longer applies.  The dates above are correct and final. The only way to vote is by mail or drop-off at the BOE; there will be no in-person voting at polling locations.
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VOTE!
This will be the first time that many people vote by mail.  When you are in contact with family and friends, please remind them that voting by mail is a two-step process:
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1) Obtain a voter application on your own.  Complete the application and return it to the Board of Elections. See below for more information about voter applications.
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2) After sending your application, wait to receive your official voting ballot in the mail from the Board of Elections.
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Voter Application:
  • If you need a voter application delivered to your residence; or if you would like us to deliver your application to the Board of Elections (save a stamp!), please email us at: submit@rockyriverdems.org or call 216-470-8098. We can also let you know where to pick-up and drop-off voter applications in Rocky River.
  • Print a voter application from the Board of Elections website HERE
  • Call the Board of Elections at (216) 443-8683 and ask them to mail the voter application to you.
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*** On the application, remember to select “Primary Election” and  write/select “Democratic” for the political party. ***
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Check the status of your Vote by Mail application and ballot HERE.
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For complete Vote by Mail information, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections online HERE, or call (216) 443-8683.   

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:
To view the video of President Obama’s endorsement of Joe Biden, click HERE.  It is good to see and hear from this wonderful man who explains what is at stake and why it is so important to elect Joe Biden.


SENATOR SHERROD BROWN
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Earth Day Live Webinar:
Wednesday, April 22nd, 11 AM
Join with others from the Cleveland area in marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with this digital town hall gathering. Senator Sherrod Brown and others will address the multiple, intertwined crises faced today with the pandemic, societal inequities, and climate change.  To register for the webinar, click HERE.
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Daily Facebook Sessions:
Senator Brown is hosting daily Facebook Live sessions every weekday at 12:45 PM to keep Ohioans informed about Coronavirus efforts.  To watch the daily briefings, click HERE
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Small Business Conference Call:
Senator Sherrod Brown hosted a Conference Call on April 9th with the Small Business Administration Cleveland District Office.  A resource guide titled, “Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act” was provided during the call.  To view the Guide, please click HERE.


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GET HELP
Please share the following resources with family and friends.  We are in this together.

  • Apply for unemployment, click HERE
  • Rocky River Assistance Program, click HERE
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline, click HERE
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline, click HERE

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GIVE HELP

  • The Rocky River Assistance Program helps 1,000 families in Rocky River with food, personal care, and household items every other month. At the most basic level, this is neighbors helping neighbors.  To donate, click HERE
  • The Greater Cleveland Food Bank has seen a 30-percent increase in new clients seeking food assistance since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.  In you’re in a position to help with a donation, click HERE.
  • The Red Cross urgently needs blood.  All blood donations must now be scheduled (no walk-ins).  Please click HERE to view future blood drives in our community and in neighboring communities.
  • Face shields.  Our neighbors in North Olmsted are supporting a group that is producing face shields for our medical and safety forces.  If you can donate supplies, your time, or make a financial contribution, click HERE

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The Rocky River Democratic Club meeting scheduled on Tuesday, April 28th, 7 PM at the Library is, of course, cancelled.  We’ll provide updates later about the May meeting.
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THANK YOU to all of the following who demonstrate quiet heroism and courage each day while helping us: medical teams, police and fire personnel, grocery workers, postal carriers, delivery drivers, and more.  Thank you!
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If you have any questions about vote-by-mail or any other topic/issue, please send us an email at submit@rockyriverdems.org and we’ll respond promptly.

Vote, Sherrod Brown, And Help Resources

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THE OHIO PRIMARY ELECTION 

April 27th: Vote by Mail ballots must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service.

April 28th, until 7:30 PM: Ballots can be delivered in-person to the Board of Elections (BOE) located at  2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.

PLEASE NOTE: Governor DeWine’s June 2nd date NO LONGER APPLIES.  The dates above are correct and final. The only way to vote is by mail or drop-off at the BOE; there will be no in-person voting at polling locations.


Updates:
– Vote by Mail Application 
Sherrod Brown Small Business Event and daily Facebook sessions
– Help Resources
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VOTE!
Thank you to the slightly more than half of Rocky River Democrats who have already voted, or are in the process of voting by mail!For many who have always voted in-person, this will be the first time voting by mail.  When you are in contact with family and friends, please remind them that voting by mail is a two-step process:
.1) Obtain a voter application on your own.  Complete the application and return it to the Board of Elections.  See below for more information about voter applications.
2) After sending your application, wait to receive your official voting ballot in the mail from the Board of Elections.

Voter Application:
If you need a voter application delivered to your residence; or if you would like us to deliver your application to the Board of Elections (save a stamp!), please email us at: submit@rockyriverdems.org; or call 216-470-8098.  We can also let you know where to pick-up and drop-off voter applications in Rocky River.

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Print a voter application from the Board of Elections website HERE.

Call the Board of Elections at (216) 443-8683 and ask them to mail the voter application to you.

Check the status of your Vote by Mail application and ballot HERE.

For complete Vote by Mail information, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections online HERE, or call (216) 443-8683.   


SENATOR SHERROD BROWN
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Daily Facebook Sessions:
Senator Brown is hosting daily Facebook Live sessions to keep Ohioans informed about Coronavirus efforts. The daily updates are scheduled to take place every weekday at 12:45 PM on topics of interest to Ohioans. Timing and schedule changes will be posted to Senator Brown’s Facebook page.  To watch the daily briefings, click HERE
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Small Business Conference Call:
Senator Sherrod Brown hosted a Conference Call on April 9th with Gil Goldberg, District Director of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Cleveland District Office about resources available to Ohio businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A resource guide titled, “Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act” was provided during the call.  To view the Guide, please click HERE.
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Small business owners can also contact the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce by clicking HERE.
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Please share this information with any small business owners you know.  Our gratitude to all of the small business owners who employ so many of our residents.  We are with them during these difficult times.


GET HELP
These are challenging times for everyone.  Please share the following resources with family and friends.  We are in this together.

  • Apply for unemployment, click HERE
  • Rocky River Assistance Program, click HERE
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline, click HERE
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline, click HERE

GIVE HELP

  • The Rocky River Assistance Program helps 1,000 families in Rocky River with food, personal care, and household items every other month. At the most basic level, this is neighbors helping neighbors.  To donate, click HERE
  • The Red Cross urgently needs blood.  All blood donations must now be scheduled (no walk-ins).  Please click HERE to view future blood drives in our community and in neighboring communities.
  • Face shields.  Our neighbors in North Olmsted are supporting a group that is producing face shields for our medical and safety forces.  If you can donate supplies, your time, or make a financial contribution, click HERE

 

Vote, Sherrod Brown, Get Help, Give Help

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THE OHIO PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
MAIL BALLOT DEADLINE IS

TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020

Today’s Updates:
– Obtain Vote by Mail Application 
– Sherrod Brown SBA Event
– Get Help
– Give Help
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VOTE!
About half of Rocky River Democrats have already voted, or are in the process of voting by mail.  Please share the following with everyone you know to help get Democratic voter turnout closer to 100%!
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Voter Application:
If you need a voter application delivered to your residence; or if you would like us to deliver your application to the Board of Elections (save a stamp!), please email us at: submit@rockyriverdems.org; or call 216-470-8098.  We can also let you know where to pick-up voter applications in Rocky River
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Print a voter application HERE.
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Check the status of your Vote by Mail application and ballot HERE.
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For complete Vote by Mail information, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections online HERE, or call (216) 443-8683.   

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SHERROD BROWN SMALL BUSINESS CONFERENCE CALL
Thursday, April 9th at 9:30 AM
If you, or someone you know, owns a small business, Senator Sherrod Brown is hosting a Conference Call with Gil Goldberg, District Director of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Cleveland District Office on resources available to Ohio businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  To RSVP for the call, click HERE.

GET HELP
These are challenging times for everyone.  Please share the following resources with family and friends.  We are in this together.

  • Apply for unemployment, click HERE
  • Rocky River Assistance Program, click HERE
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline, click HERE
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline, click HERE

GIVE HELP

  • The Rocky River Assistance Program helps 1,000 families in Rocky River with food, personal care, and household items every other month. At the most basic level, this is neighbors helping neighbors.  To donate, click HERE
  • The Red Cross urgently needs blood.  All blood donations must now be scheduled (no walk-ins).  The blood drive in Rocky River on Tuesday, April 7th is full.  Please click HERE to view future blood drives in our community and in neighboring communities.
  • Face shields.  Our neighbors in North Olmsted are supporting a group that is producing face shields for our medical and safety forces.  If you can donate supplies, your time, or a make a financial contribution, click HERE

NEW DATE FOR OHIO PRIMARY: April 28, 2020

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NEW DATE FOR OHIO PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020
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What you need to know:
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On Wednesday, March 25th, the Ohio Legislature voted to extend the Ohio Primary Election through April 28.  This action supersedes and replaces the June 2nd directive by Governor DeWine.

The April 28th election will be conducted exclusively through mailed-in absentee ballotsThere will be no in-person voting for this primary election, though exceptions are being made in certain cases.  For complete background, see an article in the Ohio Capital Journal HERE.

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YOU HAVE ALREADY VOTED:
Nothing further needs to be done.  Your ballot has been retained and it will be counted on April 28th.  You can track your ballot on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website HERE

YOU HAVE NOT VOTED:
Vote by mail is a two-step process:

1) You must submit an APPLICATION to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) to obtain a ballot. The BOE verifies that you are eligible to vote through the application.

2) After verification, you will receive a blank BALLOT in the mail from the BOE.

The ballot must be postmarked by April 27 to count.

Please note: You must be proactive to receive an application.  One will NOT automatically be sent  to you.

HOW DO I OBTAIN AN APPLICATION?
There are three ways that you can obtain the vote-by-mail APPLICATION:

1) Download and print the application from the Board of Elections website HERE

2) Contact the Board of Elections and ask them to mail the application to you.  Call the BOE at (216) 443-8683

3) Send us an email at submit@rockyriverdems.org.  We would be happy to drop-off the application at your home while practicing social distancing.

HOW DO I OBTAIN A BALLOT?
You must first submit an APPLICATION before you can receive a ballot.  Please see above.

CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE?
If you missed the original February 18 voter registration deadline, you are not eligible to vote in this primary election.  Even though the date of the election has changed, the deadline for registration has not changed.  We will keep you posted if/when there are any updates on this issue.

I HAVE QUESTIONS
If you have any questions about vote-by-mail, please send us an email at submit@rockyriverdems.org and we’ll respond promptly.

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Remember to vote your complete ballot, including for judicial candidates!  See the sample ballot of endorsed candidates, below.  Please ignore the March 16 on or before date.