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

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.