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Club Meeting: Tuesday, February 26th

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We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting of the


Tuesday, February 26th, 7 PM
Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton, Rocky River


Angela Dudek, Executive Director, will review how the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce works and what is new and exciting in 2019.

Anastasia Vanisko, Program Assistant, will discuss the setback requirement for wind farms that has severely restricted their spread in Ohio and provide concrete action steps for the audience. Ohio Citizen Action engages people in actions that protect public health, improve environmental quality, and benefit consumers.

Rick Hatala, Club Secretary, will present the results of the survey conducted by the Club last month. Highlights include responses to what respondents felt were important at the local, state, and national levels.

Mike O’Neil, Club President, will preside over the election of Club Officers for the next two-year term that begins with this meeting.

Club Meeting on Tuesday, January 29

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The Next Meeting of the

Tuesday, January 29, 7 PM
Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton, Rocky River

Review of the Midterm Elections and Preview of
This Year’s Local Elections

Featured Speakers:

Meghan F. George, Lakewood City Council, At-Large
Susan Moran Palmer, former candidate for the US Congress, District 16
Cassimir Svigelj, former candidate for State Representative, District 16

Hear from 3 quality candidates on what it takes to run for the first time at a municipal level, state level and national level.
Lessons learned and great advice and tips.

Our local election takes place this year in Rocky River for mayor, city council and other offices. 

During the meeting, Club Treasurer Rob McRae will provide an overview of Rocky River’s political structure.

Election of Club officers will also be discussed.  Nominations are made in January and February; and voting takes place during the Club meeting on February 26th.  If you have an interest in a role with the Club, we encourage you to participate!  The Rocky River Democratic Club is the place to connect to campaigns, issues and causes right here in our own community.

Protect Ballot Initiatives and the Right to Peaceful Protest!

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We are passing along an important alert from the League of Women Voters (LWV) regarding two attempts by Republicans in the Ohio Legislature to restrict the rights of residents:

1) House Joint Resolution 19 (HJR19) limits the ability of citizens to put measures on the ballot
2) Senate Bill 250 would elevate criminal trespass charges to a felony, e.g., environmental protesters at a natural gas pipeline. 

Please read the LWV message below and click links for additional information.  The bottom line is — please call the following Representatives to voice your opposition and protect your rights.

Call Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith at 614-466-1366

Call Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof at 614-466-7505

Our vigilance and action is needed now more than ever.  Please see below for more details.

ACTION ALERT  – December 4, 2018
ACT NOW! The Ohio Legislature is trying to make it harder to put amendments on the ballot. Protect your right to the ballot! Call Speaker Smith and others today! #ProtectYourRight. (see link below)

HJR 19 is moving quickly through the state legislature and will likely be voted on by the house by the end of this week.  There is lots going on with a press conference tomorrow, letters being circulated to organizations and calls to action on social media as well as an online petition.

 Link to Toolkit for protesting Call numbers, articles and petitions!

 Dates and times of hearings before the House Government Oversight and accountability committee:
Tuesday, December 4th, 1:00 pm (Room 122)

Wednesday, December 5th, 9:30 am (Room 114)
And yet another piece of legislation to limit freedoms:
Click Here to read

Advocacy – You Can Make a Difference

Advocacy is an important part of the LWV mission statement. We support the local, state and national LWV by advocating for our weii-informed public policy positions. The public needs the League’s fact-based approach to advocacy on issues ranging from environmental protection to government procedures.

Join us in advocacy by:

  • Providing forums on controversial issues
  • Writing letters-to-the-editor
  • Lobbying elected officials
  • Developing advocacy arguments
  • Researching a local ballot issue
  • Providing pro/con arguments for voter’s guide
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November 28 Club Meeting and December 11 Holiday Party

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Rocky River Democratic Club Meeting

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7 PM

Rocky River Public Library

1600 Hampton, Rocky River


Welcome, Mike O’Neil, President, RRDC


  • Analysis of midterm election results in Rocky River
  • Planning for Club meetings next year
  • Getting ready for the municipal election in 2019: recruiting good candidates for all city offices, including City Council and School Board.

Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 11, 6:30 PM

Western Cuyahoga Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police Hall 25

26145 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake (Parking/entrance in rear of building)

Sponsored by the West Shore Democratic Clubs: Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Stonewall Dems, Westlake & West Side Dems

Please consider bringing an unwrapped item that can be auctioned for charity

  • Check in items at the registration table when you arrive. If possible, please let us know what auction item you will be bringing, so we can have the sign ready for the table.
  • Call/Text/Email Gretchen at: or leave message at 440-221-9295
  • Proceeds go to: Wags 4 Warriors – a 501(c)(3)Nonprofit Organization that trains & provides service dogs to veterans at NO COST to the veteran, visit

We will also be collecting Non-Perishable Food Items to deliver to St. Hermann’s

Questions?  Call Vern 440-892-3430 or email

Support Rocky River Candidates Who Are On The Ballot!

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A few reminders to share with family and friends:

  • Vote by Mail ballots must be postmarked by Monday, November 5th.
  • The last phone bank in Rocky River will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 6 – 8 PM at 2625 Westmoor.  Speaking with fellow voters is one of the best ways to get people to vote; and for some folks it takes this extra effort.  Please mark your calendars to show up on Westmoor with your cell phone for this final push.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at Thank you to everyone who is volunteering to help increase voter turnout!  You exemplify what is best about our community.

Let’s Keep The Momentum Going!

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It’s about 15 days until the most important Midterm Election in a generation.

All efforts are focused on getting people to vote. 

If you’d like to make an impact on November 6th, here’s how:

Your Favorite Candidate:

Each of the candidates has a website with ways to volunteer.  These include Sherrod Brown, Richard Cordray/Betty Sutton, Kathleen Clyde, Susan Moran Palmer, Cassimir Svigelj and everyone up and down the ballot.  Visit your favorite candidate’s website to learn what you can do to help.

Rocky River Phone Bank:

Tuesday, October 23rd and 30th, 6 – 8 pm
2625 Westmoor, Rocky River

Just show-up on Westmoor with your cell phone at the above dates/time.  You’ll contact neighbors to emphasize how important it is that they vote.  Some folks simply need a nudge and a reminder.  This year, literally every vote matters.

Texting Out The Vote:

While remaining completely anonymous, download an app and begin reaching a lot of voters quickly and efficiently via text. Your full name and number are not revealed, you’ll use pre-formatted texts, and interact live with anyone who responds.  Get started by clicking HERE.

Distribute Door Hangers:

Many amazing fellow residents have already distributed thousands of door hangers in our community.  Yet, there are thousands more voters to reach, particularly those who are Independent.  If you’d like to distribute door hangers in your neighborhood, please send an email to  It’s easy.   Leave one at a home and move on.  It may be the reminder that someone needs.


Knocking on doors and speaking with registered Democrats and Independents is one of the most effective ways to increase voter turnout.  There are multiple upcoming opportunities to canvass in Lakewood, Fairview Park and Bay Village.  To see the complete list and pick one, click HERE.

Yard Signs:

Yard signs for candidates are limited, but if you’d like one for your residence, please send an email to  We’ll let you know what is available and deliver them to your door.

Other Grassroots Organizations:

While the Rocky River Democratic Club can help direct your efforts in specific ways, there are many other organizations that are mobilized to help Get Out the Vote.  Whether it’s the League of Women Voters, NOVA or others, pick one and volunteer a few hours.  It’s a good feeling helping to make a difference.

Shareable Information to Help Increase Voting:

Please share the following with family, friends and neighbors.  It just might be the one thing they need to know.

  • Vote by Mail: Yes, we have until Noon on Saturday, November 3rd to submit the application.  The actual ballot must be postmarked by Monday, November 5; or returned in person to the Board of Elections by 7:30 PM on Election Day.  Complete information can be found HERE.
  • To check your voting status and where to vote:  Click HERE and further click on the options in the upper left box.

Not Sure What To Do?:

If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments about helping to increase voter turnout in Rocky River, please send an email to   We are in this together and every effort will make a difference.

A Quick Review:

Support your favorite candidate, phone bank, text, distribute door hangers, canvass, place a yard sign, help another grassroots organization, share important voter information, or contact the Rocky River Democratic Club.

None of us can do all of the above alone, but when each of us does one thing, our combined efforts have a powerful, cumulative effect.  Thanks to the many incredible volunteers who have already contributed their time and effort.  Let’s keep the momentum going!

October Events and Actions!

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We all know what’s at stake on November 6th for our State and our Country.  This election is that important.   It will all come down to voter turnout which is, unfortunately, low for midterm elections.  To help increase turnout, below are ways we can work together to multiply our efforts.

Monday, October 8, 2018, 7 PM
Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Debate
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

Richard CordrayDemocratic candidate for Ohio Governor and Republican candidate Mike DeWine.  For updates, click HERE.  To watch the debate live online, visit the Ohio Debate Commission website HERE.

Tuesday, October 9, 7 PM
Rocky River Democratic Club Meeting
Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton

Featured speakers on The State of the Race:

Tommy Greene, Deputy Finance Director, Friends of Sherrod Brown Campaign and former candidate for State District 16
Sarah Montell, Deputy Political Director, Friends of Sherrod Brown Campaign and former Obama White House Staffer

Also during the meeting:

Dedicated time to write postcards in support of Susan Moran Palmer,Democratic Candidate for the United States Congress, District 16.  Susan has just received the endorsement of President Obama!  District 16 is the ONLY open Congressional seat in the state of Ohio and she needs our help to win against her well-funded opponent.

Wednesday, October 10, 3 – 4:30 PM
Early Vote Rally
Cuyahoga County Board of Elections
2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

Join our Ohio Democratic statewide candidates, local candidates, and the Shaw High School Marching Band for a Early Vote Rally.

Tuesday, October 16, 7 – 8:30 PM
Susan Moran Palmer Postcard Party
Fairview Park Library
21255 Lorain Rd., Fairview Park

Please join us in writing postcards on behalf of Susan Moran Palmer, Democratic candidate for the United States Congress, District 16.  These hand-written postcards to infrequent voters make a difference!

Tuesday, October 16, 7 PM
Westlake Democratic Club Meeting
Western Cuyahoga Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police
26145 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake (parking in rear)

Attend the Westlake Democratic Club to meet Rob Richardson,Democratic candidate for Ohio State Treasurer.  For more information, email:

Thursday, October 18, 6 – 8 PM
Grab Them by the Midterms
Lakewood Civic Auditorium
14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood

A women’s rally to support Democratic candidates on November 6.  Scheduled to appear include: Betty Sutton, US Representative Marcy Kaptur, Steve Dettlebach, Susan Moran Palmer and more. Senator Sherrod Brown and Kathleen Klyde are scheduled to appear via video.  For updates and more information, click HERE.


Even if you only leave a voice message, your personal call conveys the importance of voting in this election.  Simply show-up and you’ll be provided with all the necessary information.

Rocky River Phone Bank
Every remaining Tuesday in October (the 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th), 6 – 8 PM
2625 Westmoor, Rocky River

Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus Phone Bank
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until the election
11910 Detroit Rd., Lakewood
Tuesday and Thursday Hours: 5 pm to 8 pm.
Saturday Hours: 12 – 3 pm.

Bring a laptop if you want to connect to auto dialer. Make sure you bring your cell phone and charger.


Monday, October 9.  Last day to register to vote.  Share or print the voter registration form HERE.  For Cuyahoga County, the form is mailed to: Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Share THIS LINK with others to register online.  Sometimes it takes this small effort to help someone register; and every vote counts!

Tuesday, October 10.  Start of early voting.  Voting by mail is a two-step process: 1) request or print a vote by mail ballot application, and 2) receive, complete and return the official ballot.  If you or someone you know would like to conveniently vote by mail, click HERE for complete information.


As the Rocky River Democratic Club, we are proud of the following residents of our community who are candidates for office:
Emily Haganfor Cuyahoga County Judge 
Ashley Kilbanefor Cuyahoga County Judge
Michelle J. Sheehanfor State Appeal Court
Cassimir Svigeljfor Ohio House of Representatives

Please remind everyone to vote the entire ballot!

Help Make a Difference in the Next 4 Weeks!

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Next Meeting of the


 Tuesday, October 9, 7 PM
(NOT the usual last Tuesday of the month)
Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton, Rocky River


For the May primaries, voter turnout in Rocky River was about 30 percent.  This means that A LOT of our fellow residents did not vote.  To make a difference in the outcomes on November 6th, we need to increase that percentage. Following are a number of proven ways to make this happen; and we need your help.

Saturday/Sunday, October 6/7, 11 AM or 1 PM
2625 Westmoor, Rocky River
Knock on doors of fellow Democratic and Independent voters in our community.  This face-to-face interaction with neighbors is the most effective way to increase voter turnout.  Select a date/time that is most convenient for you.  Bring your children along.  Simply arrive at 2625 Westmoor with comfortable walking shoes; or for more information, please email

Tuesday, October 9, 7 PM
Rocky River Democratic Club Meeting
Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton

Meeting agenda: 

  • Dedicated time to write postcards in support of Susan Moran Palmer, Democratic Candidate for the United States Congress, District 16 (Rocky River south of Detroit Ave.)  Susan has just received the endorsement of President Obama!  District 16 is the ONLY open Congressional seat in the state of Ohio and she needs our help to win against her well-funded opponent.
  • Pick-up a packet of door hangers to distribute in our community.  The door hangers list the candidates specific to our voting precincts.  Simply drop them at each residence and move-on.
  • During the meeting, the featured speakers are: Tommy Greene, Deputy Finance Director, Friends of Sherrod Brown Campaign and former candidate for State District 16; and Sarah Montell, Deputy Political Director, Friends of Sherrod Brown Campaign and former Obama White House Staffer

If you’re unable to join us on October 9th, please send an email to and we’ll get back to you with ways you can help.  Thank you for being a part of the team that will make a difference in November to bring balanced Government back to our great country.