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Candidate Debate Forum Tonight!

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CANDIDATE DEBATE FORUM

With very strong turnout, Rocky River voted Democratic in last year’s Midterms and voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.  Yet, turnout is low in off-year local elections, and Rocky River is left with an all Republican city council.
Election Day is November 5th! Please encourage EVERYONE you know to participate in democracy!
We hope that you’ll attend the Candidate Debate Forum tonight that is sponsored by The League of Women Voters.
Thursday, October 3, 7 PM
Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd.

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR ROCKY RIVER CITY COUNCIL 

The Democratic Candidates for Rocky River City Council need your support and vote!

Support includes placing yard signs and volunteering to distribute literature in the community.  Surprisingly, many of our neighbors are unaware that we have local elections this year.  Please help us get the word out!

Click each candidate’s name to go their website where you can learn more and volunteer for a specific candidate.

At-Large
CHRISTINA MORRIS
PATRICIA ROBERTS-LICHKO
CASSIMIR SVIGELJ

Ward 3
ROBERT E. McRAE

If you’d like to volunteer for any and all candidates, please contact us at: submit@rockyriverdems.org and we’ll get in touch with you.  We realize everyone is busy, and ask only for an hour or two of your time. Watch for Club Door Hanger opportunities!


IMPORTANT DATES
Monday, October 7: Deadline to register to vote.  Please share this link – https://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/voter-registration.aspx – with anyone you know who needs to register.  It’s fast and easy.
Tuesday, October 8: The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections begins mailing absentee ballots

Tuesday, October 15: Next Democratic Presidential debate.

Solutions to the Crisis of Drug Addiction

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The Rocky River Democrats thank the excellent speakers who shared their time and expertise to address “Solutions for the Crisis of Drug Addiction” on September 24th.

They are: Matthew Vanyo, Olmsted Township Police Chief and Chairman, Safe Passages Advisory Committee; Beth Zietlow-Dejesus,  Director of External Affairs, The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County; Molly Smith, Probation Department, Rocky River Municipal Court; and Barbara Folds, Health Care Professional and Advocate.

If you, a family member, or friend are in need of treatment for drug addiction, there are a variety of comprehensive services available.  Two very helpful points of contact are:

You or someone you love are not alone.  Help is available.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 27 and Save the Date for September 12th!

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SAVE THE FOLLOWING TWO DATES!
Tuesday, August 27
Next Club MeetingOhioans for Gun Safety
and Immigration
Thursday, September 12
Fundraiser for Democratic Candidates for City Council and Debate Watch Party

Next Meeting of the
ROCKY RIVER DEMOCRATIC CLUB
Tuesday, August 27, 7 PM
Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton, Rocky River
Susan Reis with Ohioans for Gun Safety.  Learn what community organizations are doing to help prevent future tragedies such as Dayton and El Paso.

Ashley Jones of the Westshore Bar Association will address:  A view from the border — what was it like to be at the largest facility in the United States holding women and children.


LOCAL CANDIDATE FUNDRAISER AND DEBATE WATCH PARTY
Thursday, September 12, 7 PM
Cleveland Yacht Club
Support and meet the four Democratic candidates for Rocky River City Council:
CHRISTINA MORRIS, At-Large Candidate
PATRICIA ROBERTS, At-Large Candidate
CASSIMIR SVIGELJ, At-Large Candidate
ROB McRAE, Ward 3 Candidate

Guest Speaker: Tim Hagan

and stay for the next Democratic Presidential Debate
that will be broadcast live on premises.

The League of Women Voters will host a Rocky River city council candidate debate next month, and we’ll provide details as they become available.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 25 – Meet the Candidates!

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TOWN HALL MEETING

WITH YOUR

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
FOR ROCKY RIVER CITY COUNCIL

ROB McRAE, Ward 3 Candidate
CHRISTINA MORRIS, At-Large Candidate
PATRICIA ROBERTS, At-Large Candidate
CASSIMIR SVIGELJ, At-Large Candidate

Ask questions and share your views on Rocky River’s schools, taxes, city budget, Lake Erie, commercial development, services for Seniors, and any other concerns and issues that you might have.  Get to know these fellow residents who seek to serve you on the Rocky River City Council.

GUEST SPEAKER:
EILEEN ANN PATTON, Mayor, Fairview Park.

Mayor Patton will address the important role that local government plays in each of our lives.  It’s more than snow removal and fixing potholes!

Next Meeting May 21st To Discuss The Mueller Report

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The next meeting of the

Rocky River Democratic Club
Tuesday, May 21, 7 PM
(not May 28 due to Memorial Day)
Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton, Rocky River

Featured Presentation:

THE MUELLER REPORT, CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS, AND WHAT CONGRESS DOES NEXT

Steve Dettelbach, former Counsel detailed to United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary; former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio; and former Democratic Candidate for Ohio Attorney General.

He  recently signed a letter of former federal prosecutors plainly stating that based on the report, President Trump’s obstruction of justice violated the law.  To view a related news article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, click HERE.  During his presentation, Steve will provide a Prosecutor’s perspective on the Mueller Report, and examine potential next steps that can be taken by Congress.

…and more!  We’ll be back in touch with additional information about the upcoming meeting.



Look Back at the April 30th Meeting:

CLIMATE CHANGE IN OUR BACKYARD

The distinguished panel of speakers provided valuable information on the causes of climate change and its effect on northeast Ohio.  Their message was both urgent and hopeful.  While the global impact of climate change will include rising sea levels and extreme weather events, in Ohio the effects will include increased insect-borne diseases, growing algae blooms, severe storms that will affect infrastructure, and more. Ohio is sixth in emissions in the country, yet more populous states have lower emissions.  Closer to home, Rocky River has fallen below the Cuyahoga County average in tree-canopy coverage.

There are many ways each of us can make small changes that have a cumulative impact.  These include reducing energy usage in our homes and transportation, purchasing locally grown food, and planting more trees.  We are also members of churches, schools, civic organizations, and businesses where our advocacy can be multiplied.  And, importantly, we are voters who can make our voices heard to current and future legislators.

Our thanks again to the speakers.  They are noted below with links to their organizations for more information.

●      Grant Goodrich, Director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute

●      Jim Rokakis, Vice President, Western Reserve Land Conservancy; Director, Thriving Communities Institute
●      Bob Shields, Former Chair, Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club

●      Dr. Nick Sutfin, Visiting Professor, Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

We would also like to thank Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive,  for attending and describing efforts by the county to increase the number of bike paths and tree planting.  We also thank the Westlake High School Environment Club for staffing a resource table during the event.



UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS OF INTEREST

Planting Day
Saturday, May 18, 8 – 11 AM., City Hall Campus, 21016 Hilliard.  Presented by the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Groundworks.  Gather to beautify the landscaping around the pool and ice arena.  All ages welcome.  For more information, please click HERE.  RSVP’s are requested, click HERE.

Rocky River Chamber Music Society
Monday, May 20, 7:30 PM, West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.  Performance by the Carpe Diem String Quartet.  No admission charge.  For more information, please visit: www.rrcms.org.

Next Club Meeting on March 26

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SAVE THE DATE!

ROCKY RIVER DEMOCRATIC CLUB

Tuesday, March 26, 7 PM
Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton, Rocky River


Featured Presentation

FOCUS ON ROCKY RIVER SCHOOLS

Invited

Dr. Michael G. Shoaf, Superintendent, Rocky River City School District
Ruth Beach, President, Board of Education, Rocky River City School District

The Speakers will update the community on a number of issues.  The session will include ample time for audience feedback and questions.  The meeting is free and open to everyone.   Please invite your friends and neighbors!