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Next Club Meeting: Tuesday, April 26th!

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Please Join Us!
For the next meeting of the

Rocky River Democratic Club
Tuesday, April 26th at 7:15 PM

Via Zoom and In-Person at the Rocky River Library

Featured Speaker:

RICK HARNISH

Rick Harnish is the Executive Director and co-founder of the High Speed Rail Alliance and will speak to the aims of the organization in expanding the infrastructure and impact of rail to reconnect families and regions, creating new housing and economic development and reducing the carbon impact of automobile travel and commuting. He will also speak to the impact that high speed rail and public transit infrastructure can have throughout the Northeast Ohio region and beyond. He looks forward to taking questions from and interacting with the audience.

MATTHEW DIEMER

Matthew is a Congressional candidate looking to represent Ohio’s 7th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives. He is a local small business owner and is a passionate candidate who aims to serve the public and bring change to Washington so Northeast Ohioans have more economic opportunities, access to affordable healthcare, and feel safe in their communities. He will speak to his platforms, mission and hopes for Northeast Ohio and looks forward to taking questions from and interacting with the audience.

Invitations have also been extended to Nan Whaley, former Mayor of Dayton, a Democratic candidate for Governor of Ohio and Teresa Fedor, current Ohio State Senator and running mate of Gubernatorial Candidate John Cranley.  We will keep you apprised to any developments or news about their potential appearances and look forward to their participation at a future Rocky River Democratic Club meeting. 

To attend the meeting, please first CLICK HERE

The online form will ask whether you will attend in-person or via Zoom:

  • In-person at the Library is limited to the first 40 who RSVP.  Please wear a mask.

Please review the minutes of our March meeting HERE



CLUB BUSINESS

Membership:

We are currently in our membership drive for 2022 and encourage all former and current members to please renew via one of the options listed below. Please encourage other Democrats you may know in Rocky River to join as well or gift a membership to friends and family, we welcome as many Democratic voices as we can have! Membership dues helped the Club produce and mail postcards that reached every registered Democratic voter before last November’s local election, maintain the Club’s presence on the internet, hold events like the summer party at Elmwood Cabin, and more. 

Dues:

  • Student:  $5
  • Senior:  $10
  • Individual:  $20
  • Family:  $30

There are four easy ways to renew or become a new, dues-paying member:

1. Pay securely on the Club’s website by CLICKING HERE. Click the appropriate level for you on the right of your screen.

2. Print the member application form by CLICKING HERE.  Mail the form and your check to the Club’s Treasurer (name and address are on the application)

3. Save a stamp and request that the Club send you an application form and pre-stamped return envelope.  Send that request now with a quick email by CLICKING HERE.

4. Attend the Club meeting at the Library on April 26th.  You can complete an application form and provide a check in person!

Record-keeping is easier if everyone completes the membership process as soon as possible.  As a Rocky River resident and registered Democrat, becoming a paid member confers the ability to vote on  items such as Club Officers, endorsements made by the Club, changes to the Club’s bylaws, and other decisions that require voting by members.  We also welcome supporters who wish to become  Associate Members (registered Democrats who are non-residents of Rocky River — does not confer Club voting rights).

Thank you in advance!



ELECTION 2022: MAY 3RD PRIMARY

In this critical midterm election year, Democrats across the country — including us in Rocky River — will work to preserve our majority in the U.S. House and Senate.  President Biden can’t do it alone.  Our votes and activism will help elect Democrats who will protect voting rights, address climate change,  strengthen middle class incomes, and so much, much more.

In Rocky River this year, we’ll be voting for a U.S. Senator and Congressional Representative, Ohio Governor, State Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Board of Education, Ohio Statehouse Representatives, Cuyahoga County Council offices, judges, and more.

Voter registration has already closed but for those that have registered, please vote early if you are able and encourage others to do so to ensure our voices are heard!!

April 5
Opening of vote by mail and early in person voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) located at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH.  See the schedule for early in person voting at the BOE at the end of this message. 

May 2:
Close of early in person voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
Vote by mail ballots must be postmarked by this date.

May 3:
Primary Election Day.  Local polling locations in Rocky River will be open 6:30 AM  – 7:30 PM.

If you have any questions about voting, please call the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at: 216-443-8683.  



Voting as part of good citizenship is important every year.  Last year, we cast our votes for Rocky River Mayor, Law Director, City Council and School Board. We’ll do so again next year in 2023 (our local elections are every two years).  In 2024, we again vote for President. 

This year, though, is the all important midterm.  The outcomes will have profound consequences for the direction of our Country and the state of Ohio; and will set conditions that will prevail for many years beyond. 

Please visit Common Cause Ohio at this LINK to see the legislative maps discussed at our February meeting and find resources to contact our legislators to demand fair maps and districts. The ramifications of redistricting can affect us locally and statewide for years to come so please take the opportunity to reach out and make your voice heard!

Please scroll back up and renew or become a new Club member to help us make a difference together again in Rocky River this year.

We look forward to seeing you at the Club meeting on Tuesday, April 26th at 7:15 PM via Zoom or at the Library. 

To attend the meeting, please CLICK HERE

Thank you for you continued support!  We are making a difference together.

Next Club Meeting: Tuesday, February 22nd!

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Please Join Us
For The Second Meeting Of The New Year!

 

TUESDAY, February 22nd
7 PM Via Zoom and In-Person

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Featured Speaker:

CYNTHIA WHITE

Chapter Chair, Bay Village League of Women Voters
Ms. White will provide a very timely update on redistricting and  describe the latest antics by Republicans in the Ohio State House.

During the meeting we’ll also vote on new Club Officers and amending the Club’s bylaws.  Please see complete details below under “Club Business.”

To attend the meeting, please CLICK HERE

The online form will ask whether you will attend in-person or via Zoom

  • In-person is limited to the first 20 who RSVP.  Before the meeting, we’ll update you on the Library’s Covid protocols.
  • If attending by Zoom, the link will be sent to you on February 22nd.


CLUB BUSINESS

Club Officers:

During the meeting, Club members in good standing will vote on two items:

1. Confirm the appointment of the following individuals who were appointed to their respective roles by the Club’s Executive Team on February 2nd:

Dave Cimperman, Vice President

Erin King, Recording Secretary

Nick Bitz, Corresponding Secretary

2. Amend the Club’s bylaws to change the singular role of “Secretary” to the new, separate roles of “Recording Secretary” and “Corresponding Secretary.”

To preview the Club’s current bylaws, please CLICK HERE.

Membership:

March is the month for everyone to renew your paid membership or become a new dues-paying member.  But, you can start early!  Membership dues helped the Club produce and mail postcards that reached every registered Democratic voter before last November’s local election, maintain the Club’s presence on the internet, hold events like the summer party at Elmwood Cabin, and more.

Dues:

  • Student:  $5
  • Senior:  $10
  • Individual:  $20
  • Family:  $30

There are four easy ways to renew or become a new, dues-paying member:

1. Pay securely on the Club’s website by CLICKING HERE. Click the appropriate level for you on the right of your screen.

2. Print the member application form by CLICKING HERE.  Mail the form and your check to the Club’s Treasurer (name and address are on the application)

3. Save a stamp and request that the Club send you an application form and pre-stamped return envelope.  Send that request now with a quick email by CLICKING HERE.

4. Attend the Club meeting at the Library on February 22 or March 29.  You can complete an application form and provide a check in person!

Record-keeping is easier if everyone completes the membership process beginning now through the end of March.  As a Rocky River resident and registered Democrat, becoming a paid member confers the ability to vote on  items such as Club Officers, endorsements made by the Club, changes to the Club’s bylaws, and other decisions that require voting by members.  We also welcome supporters who wish to become  Associate Members (registered Democrats who are non-residents of Rocky River — does not confer Club voting rights).

Thank you in advance!



ELECTION 2022: MAY 3RD PRIMARY

In this critical midterm election year, Democrats across the country — including us in Rocky River — will work to preserve our majority in the U.S. House and Senate.  President Biden can’t do it alone.  Our votes and activism will help elect Democrats who will protect voting rights, address climate change,  strengthen middle class incomes, and so much, much more.

In Rocky River this year, we’ll be voting for a U.S. Senator and Congressional Representative, Ohio Governor, State Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Board of Education, Ohio Statehouse Representatives, Cuyahoga County Council offices, judges, and more.

Following are key dates and links for the upcoming May 3rd primary:

March 18
Vote by mail ballots to be mailed.
To request a vote by mail ballot, first complete an application from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections by CLICKING HERE.

As far as we know now, you must pro-actively request the vote by mail application, regardless if you’ve voted that way in past elections.  No agency or organization will send you one.  If that changes, we’ll let you know.

April 4
Close of voter registration.
If you or someone you know has moved, and to check or update your voter registration conveniently online, CLICK HERE.

April 5
Opening of vote by mail and early in person voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) located at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH.  See the schedule for early in person voting at the BOE at the end of this message. 

May 2:
Close of early in person voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
Vote by mail ballots must be postmarked by this date.

May 3:
Primary Election Day.  Local polling locations in Rocky River will be open 6:30 AM  – 7:30 PM.

If you have any questions about voting, please call the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at: 216-443-8683.  


Next Club Meeting: Tuesday, January 25 at 7 PM Via Zoom

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Scroll down and click the RSVP link to receive the Zoom link that will be sent on January 25th.

Featured Speakers:

 

MORGAN HARPER

Ms. Harper is a consumer protection attorney, community organizer, and Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate for Rob Portman’s open seat.  During the meeting, she will take questions from the audience.  To learn more about Ms. Harper, visit her website by clicking HERE.

 

JOHN CRANLEY

Mr. Cranley is the former Mayor of Cincinnati and is a Democratic candidate for Governor of Ohio.  To learn more about Mr. Cranley, visit his website by clicking HERE.

 

This month’s meeting will be held only via Zoom because the Library’s meeting rooms are closed this month due to Covid-related staff shortages.

To receive the Zoom link, please FIRST RSVP by clicking HERE

You’ll receive the actual link to the Zoom on Tuesday, January 25 in the afternoon.



Congratulations again to our re-elected and newly elected Democratic Councilwomen and Law Director! We are thrilled to see that our local government is beginning to reflect the demographics of Rocky River.  You can contact them via phone or email at:

Christina Morris, Council, At-Large 
Phone: (440) 941-0555
Email: cmorris@rrcity.com

Jeanne P. Gallagher, Council, Ward 3
Phone: (216) 352-3615
Email: jgallagher@rrcity.com

Michael J. O’Shea, Law Director
Phone: (216) 470-8098
Email: moshea@rrcity.com

Next Club Meeting: Tuesday, November 30 at 7 PM

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Our meeting will be held both in-person as well as via Zoom.  All health protocols of the Rocky River Public Library will be followed.
Scroll down to click the RSVP link to attend in-person or by Zoom.

Only two short years ago, all seven members of the Rocky River City Council were Republican men.  

Then, in 2019, Christina Morris (D) won her race for council at-large; and won re-election a few weeks ago.  She is now joined by Councilwoman-elect Jeanne Gallager (D) in Ward 3.

Join us to celebrate with: 

Director of Law Elect:
MICHAEL J. O’SHEA

City Council:
CHRISTINA MORRIS, At Large Re-elected
JEANNE GALLAGHER, Ward 3 Elect 

Thank you again to Stacey Schrantz Reid, Katie Timmons, and Lisa Havemann for running for office.  They exemplify the amazing talent among our residents. Their professional skills and experience would be an asset to our local government.

Our thanks, also, to the Rocky River Executive Committee, Rocky River Precinct Representatives, and the many volunteers for your hard work and effort.  Together, we made a difference in our local government!

To attend the meeting, please CLICK HERE

The form will ask whether you will attend in-person or via Zoom

  • In-person at the Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton, is limited to the first 20 who RSVP.  Masks and proof of Covid vaccine or negative test required.
  • If attending by Zoom, the link will be sent to you on November 30th

If you’ve already RSVP’d, no need to do so again (it will be a duplicate).

Next Club Meeting: Tuesday, October 12 at 7 PM

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Our meeting will be held both in-person at the Rocky River Public Library as well as via Zoom.  All health protocols of the Library will be followed. For in-person, masks and proof of vaccination are required (e.g., your CDC Vaccination Record Card).

Featured Speaker:

ANTHONY PERLATTI
Director, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections 

Mr. Perlatti will provide an update on voting in this year’s election.  He will also address the impact of changes to voting regulations in Ohio and across the country.  We are all aware of the efforts to restrict voting rights; and the need to be informed and vigilant to protect those rights.

Candidates for Rocky River Director of Law and Rocky River City Council:

For Director of Law:
MICHAEL J. O’SHEA

For City Council:
JEANNE GALLAGHER (Ward 3)
LISA M. HAVEMANN (Ward 1)
CHRISTINA MORRIS (At Large)
STACEY SCHRANTZ REID (At Large)
KATIE L. TIMMONS (At Large)

To attend the meeting, please first RSVP and
CLICK HERE

You’ll be able to select the Library or Zoom.

  • The Library, at 1600 Hampton, has an in person limit. RSVP’s are on a first-come, first-served basis.  Vaccination status will be checked at the sign-in table.
  • If you attend via Zoom, we’ll send you the actual link to the Zoom meeting on October 12th.

 



VOTE 2021
For Rocky River Mayor, Law Director, City Council, and School Board

October 5th: Early Voting begins

VOTE BY MAIL:
A majority of Rocky River Democrats voted by mail in last fall’s Presidential Election.  It’s the same process and easy to vote by mail in this year’s local election.

  • To print a vote by mail application from the Board of Elections website, CLICK HERE.  You’ll have the option of printing an application pre-filled with your name/address, or a blank application form.
  • Or, call the Board of Elections at 216-443-8683 and ask that they mail the application to you.
  • Simply complete the application and mail it to: Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

Once the Board of Elections receives and processes your application, they will send the official ballot to you in the U.S. Mail.

VOTE EARLY IN-PERSON AT THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS

If you’re downtown, you can vote in-person early at the Board of Elections at 30th/Euclid beginning October 5th.  To view the complete in-person voting schedule at the Board of Elections, please scroll to the bottom of this message.

VOTE IN-PERSON ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND IN ROCKY RIVER

There will be three in-person voting locations in Rocky River on November 2nd.

To check your voting location on the Board of Elections website, CLICK HERE or call them at 216-443-8683.



YARD SIGNS! 

Yard signs help promote candidates in the community and they make a difference.

If you would like a sign for our city council candidates, we’ll place one in your yard based on your ward and sign availability.  To request a yard sign, please CLICK HERE.

Next Club Meeting: Tuesday, August 31 at 7 PM

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Next Meeting of the
ROCKY RIVER DEMOCRATIC CLUB
Tuesday, August 31 at 7 PM
See details below

To attend the meeting in-person at the Library, CLICK HERE
(Limited to the first 20 who RSVP)
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To attend the meeting via Zoom, CLICK HERE
(This is to RSVP.  The Zoom link will be sent to you on August 31st.)

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The Rocky River Democratic Club will be among the first groups to hold a hybrid meeting at the Rocky River Library.  Our meeting will be held both in-person as well as via Zoom (as we’ve been doing during the pandemic).  All health protocols of the Library will be followed.

We are thrilled and excited to feature the following candidates for Rocky River Director of Law and Rocky River City Council:
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For Director of Law:
MICHAEL J. O’SHEA
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For City Council:
JEANNE GALLAGHER (Ward 3)
LISA M. HAVEMANN (Ward 1)
CHRISTINA MORRIS (At Large)
STACEY SCHRANTZ REID (At Large)
KATIE L. TIMMONS (At Large)
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Early voting begins in about six weeks on October 5th; and Election Day is November 2nd!

Scroll to the bottom of this message to view the door hanger that you’ll be seeing throughout our community as the candidates for city council knock on your door.

During the meeting we are also delighted to feature:
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CHRIS RONAYNESince 2005, Mr. Ronayne has been President of University Circle Inc., the nonprofit that leads community development, education and safety efforts in the hub of many of Cleveland’s premier cultural institutions such as the Art and Natural History Museums; and Severance Hall. He has had a long career in public service, serving as the Planning Director and Chief Development Officer for the City of Cleveland in 2002, and he currently sits on the boards of Destination Cleveland, Port of Cleveland, Notre Dame College and Canalway Partners. He is also running for Cuyahoga County Executive — the office currently held by Armond Budish.