Next Club Meeting Via Zoom: Tuesday, December 1 at 7 PM

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Next Meeting of the Rocky River Democratic Club

Tuesday, December 1, 7 PM via Zoom

This Meeting Is Open To Everyone

Featured Speakers:

MONIQUE SMITH, our next State Representative for Ohio District 16 — Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River, and Westlake!

RYAN PUENTE, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.  Ryan will provide a detailed overview of election results throughout Cuyahoga County, including the west side suburbs.  He will also describe the various efforts throughout the County that led to the Biden/Harris win in our area.

To RSVP and receive the Zoom logon/phone, PLEASE CLICK HERE


So much is riding on the outcome!  Following are ways that you can help the candidates:

JON OSSOFF.  To volunteer and/or donate, CLICK HERE

RAPHAEL WARNOCK. To volunteer and/or donate, CLICK HERE

FAIR FIGHT (Stacey Abrams). To volunteer and/or donate, CLICK HERE


Proudly and patriotically display them on January 20th — Inauguration Day!
More Congratulations:


Ohio Supreme Court:


State Board of Education:


AARON PAUL GODFREY AND TOM JACKSON.  Aaron and Tom ran for office because they believe in a better Ohio.  Our Congressional and State Senate districts are highly gerrymandered to Republican advantage. Despite this built-in disadvantage, Aaron and Tom had very strong showings of voter support. We would be proud to support them again in any future candidacies.

Next Club Meeting: Wednesday, September 30, 7 PM via Zoom

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To receive the Zoom link, please send an email to:

Featured Speaker:

Anthony Perlatti, Director, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

He will present an overview and demographics of voting by mail and in-person voting in Cuyahoga County, security, how and when different ballots are counted, what to expect on November 3rd when the polls close, and answer your questions.

Featured Candidates:
Aaron Godfrey, Democratic Candidate for the U.S. Congress
Monique Smith, Democratic Candidate for the Ohio House
Tom Jackson, Democratic Candidate for the Ohio Senate




Step 1 – The Application: 

  • Everyone in Ohio received a vote by mail APPLICATION from the Secretary of State.  Fill it out, use their return envelope, put a stamp on it, and mail it in today.
  • If you’ve misplaced it, print an application from the Board of Elections by CLICKING HERE.  Put a stamp on your envelope and mail it to: Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, PO Box 89448, Cleveland, OH 44101-6448.  You can also request an application by calling them at: 216-443-8683.
  • If you’ve already sent in your vote by mail application, you can track the status by CLICKING HERE.

Step 2 – Your Ballot:

  • Wait to receive your actual BALLOT in the mail.  Ballots will begin being mailed on October 6th to everyone who has sent in their vote by mail application.
  • Complete your ballot when you receive it, put it in the provided envelope, put a stamp on it, and drop it in the mail the same day.

Vote by Mail Options:

  • Drop-off your application locally: You can drop-off your completed vote by mail APPLICATION with two groups who will drive them to the Board of Elections.  Save a stamp! — see more information below.
  • Deliver your vote by mail ballot to the Board of Elections: You can drop-off your completed, sealed BALLOT at the secure drop box located at the Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.  Note: only family members and legal guardians can drop-off a BALLOT on behalf of someone else.


  • October 31 – last day to request your vote by mail ballot.  Don’t wait that long!
  • November 2 – final accepted postmark for vote by mail ballots


Following are the two in-person voting locations in Rocky River on November 3rd:

  • Rocky River Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd
  • Rocky River Presbyterian Church, 21750 Detroit Rd.

To check your in-person voting location, CLICK HERE

Vote In-person Options:

  • You can vote in-person at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections located at 2925 Euclid Ave., Cleveland beginning Tuesday, October 6th through Monday, November 2nd.  No lines or waiting are expected.  To view the dates/times at the Board of Elections, CLICK HERE.

NOTE: if you requested a vote by mail ballot, but change your mind and show up to vote at the Civic Center or Church, you will need to cast a provisional ballot that is counted much later.  It is important to decide NOW how you plan to vote; and stick with your plan!

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

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Next Web Meeting of the 
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!

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.

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.

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 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 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!


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:

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!

March 17th Voting Location Update: Normandy and Pinzone

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Two Polling Locations Affected


If you do not live at the Normandy, but it is your usual voting location, you will vote at the Rocky River Presbyterian Church, 21750 Detroit Road on March 17th.

If you do not live at the Pinzone Tower Apartments, but it is your usual voting location, you will vote at the Rocky River Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Boulevard on March 17th.

These are not permanent changes. The Board of Elections is expected to resume voting at the Normandy Apartments and the Pinzone Tower Apartments in the November 2020 Election.

The following voting locations in Rocky River will be OPEN on March 17th.  If you usually vote at one of these locations, continue to do so:

  • United Methodist Church, 19414 Detroit Rd. OPEN
  • Presbyterian Church, 21750 Detroit Rd. OPEN
  • Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd. OPEN

You must complete the request form and send it in the mail by Saturday, March 14th. To request an absentee ballot click HERE or call the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at (216) 443-8683.

Individuals can cast their ballot at the Board of Elections located at 2925 Euclid Avenue during the following early voting hours:

  • Friday, March 13th, 8:00am – 7:00pm
  • Saturday, March 14th, 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sunday, March 15th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Monday, March 16th, 8:00am – 2:00pm

All voters are advised to check their voting location before going to vote on Election Day. This can be done by visiting the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website HERE or calling (216) 443-8683.

Please share the above information with family, friends and neighbors.  We’ll provide more information and updates if it becomes available.  If you have any questions, please email us at

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.

The Environment and Redistricting

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The Rocky River Democratic Club meeting on May 30th focused primarily on the environment.  Rich Snyder, the city’s Chief Forester, provided an overview of efforts to maintain our local environment.  Dave Karpinski from LeedCo described the Icebreaker wind farm that will be installed off Cleveland’s shores next year that will generate 500 jobs and green power for 7,000 homes.  Representatives from the Sierra Club and the Alliance for the Great Lakes were available to provide information on their respective efforts.

Just two days after our meeting, the United States withdrew from the Paris climate accord; a decision that will weaken efforts to combat global climate change.  Government and business leaders from around the world, as well as the Pope, denounced this decision.


Let your thoughts about this breathtakingly wrong decision prompt you to take positive actions in our own community:

  • The City of Lakewood passed a resolution in support of the Icebreaker Wind Farm in Lake Erie.  Contact Mayor Bobst at 440-331-0600 or and ask that the City of Rocky River pass a similar resolution to support the wind farm.
  • The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) regulates the siting of wind farms with a generating capacity of 5 or more megawatts.  Email the OPSB at to express your support of the Icebreaker Wind Farm in Lake Erie.  Include case #: 16-1871-EL-BGN Icebreaker Windpower in your message.
  • Support one or more of the campaigns by the Alliance of the Great Lakes.  They have a number of efforts to address pollution, invasive species, and more.  Consider supporting the Sierra Club or any number of other organizations that seek to protect the environment.
  • Call the White House at 855-980-5634 or 202-456-1111.  Let the one who made the decision know what you think!

Mayors, governors and corporations have vowed to pursue sound environmental policies without the support of the Federal Government.  Let’s join them by taking one of the actions above to preserve the environment for our families and future generations.


We also had two additional speakers at the meeting.  Lauren Walsh from Rocky River Meals on Wheels let us know that they need volunteers in food preparation and as drivers.  If interested, please call 440-333-6298.

Heather Macalla from Fair Districts Ohio discussed the very important issue of gerrymandering, its affect on our elections, and the critical need to reform our congressional districts.  Volunteers are needed to obtain signatures to get the measure on the ballot.  Liz Gerstenhaber will be the point person for our Club.  To support this important effort, please email Liz at:

Icebreaker Wind

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Next year, Cleveland will be the first city in North America to install a freshwater wind farm off its shores in Lake Erie.  In addition to helping to protect our climate, Icebreaker Wind has the potential to create jobs and spur economic activity in Northeast Ohio.

Please join us for our featured presentation:

Building an Offshore Wind Industry in Lake Erie

David Karpinski, VP of Operations

Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo)

Dave will address how LEEDCo and Fred Olsen Renewables are turning a decade old vision of a vibrant offshore wind industry in the Great Lakes into a reality.  Icebreaker Wind is a 6 turbine demonstration wind farm 8-10 miles off Cleveland’s shore that will produce enough power for about 7,000 homes.  He will discuss the status of Icebreaker Wind and what it takes to put the steel for North America’s first freshwater offshore wind project in Lake Erie and build a new offshore wind industry in Northeast Ohio.

Arrive early and meet representatives from:

The Sierra Club

Alliance for the Great Lakes

When: Tuesday, May 30, 6:45 pm

Where: Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH

The meeting is free and open to the public.

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Rocky River Democratic Club Meeting

Tuesday, April 25th, 7 p.m.
Rocky River Public Library
While we achieved a recent victory with healthcare, we must remain vigilant across a number of important issues.   Nick Turner, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s Congressional Assistant, will show us how and where to focus our opposition to Trump’s cuts in key areas of the budget.  He will share strategies on how to effectively talk to members of Congress, and we will learn how to take action right away.

Also featured during the meeting is Cynthia Demsey, Chair, Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus (CDWC).  The goals of the CDWC are: participate in the selection and development of strong local, county, and state Democratic Party strategists, leaders, and candidates — especially women — to win at all levels of government; help formulate a winning Democratic agenda for Ohio; and advocate and promote Democratic positions, issues, and values by forming coalitions with other local, state, and national organizations.  Learn what is new from the CDWC during a discussion with Cynthia Demsey.

Next week’s dynamic and informative meeting will also examine Rocky River’s Master Plan that will have long-term effects on the city; we’ll receive an update on Democratic Club activity on the Westside; and have Sam Gifford of the Rocky River City School District available to answer any questions you might have about Issue 13.  We are also delighted to officially unveil the Club’s new website during the meeting!

The complete agenda for our meeting next week is below.