Here are some of the resources we discussed in the “Beyond the Recycling Bin” meeting, cosponsored with UAPA and Columbus Northwest Blues. All information is accurate as of May 28, 2019.
Thank you for all of the work you did to stay active and engaged in our community this year. You’ve supported the Campaign for Ohio and Democratic candidates in countless ways, and your tireless efforts made a difference in Upper Arlington. Let’s take a moment to recap some of the ways volunteers engaged with our community this year.
Whether you collected signatures for the Ohio Fair Districts petition, helped with office work, handed out flyers, delivered signs, wrote letters, or provided testimony, your work helped pass meaningful congressional redistricting reform in Ohio.
District 24 Candidate Forum
Andrea Bonny, Allison Russo, and Mary B. Relotto
In March, Organizing4UA hosted a candidate forum for the 3 Democratic candidates for Ohio House District 24. We owe a huge thank you to Andrea Bonny, Mary B. Relotto, and Allison Russo for stepping up to run in our district! Congratulations to all of the candidates for their well-run, issue-focused campaigns!
Ohio District 12 Special Election
Many of you stepped up to help Danny O’Connor in the August Special Election. Thanks to those who canvassed, made phone calls, or wrote postcards.
Volunteering for Candidates
There are so many ways that you helped campaigns this election season. Many volunteered for the Campaign for Ohio, calling voters and volunteers, knocking on doors, or writing postcards for Democratic candidates up and down the ticket.
Organizing4UA team members Stephanie and Debbie volunteered to host the Campaign for Ohio canvasses every Saturday. Raise your hand if you loved the addition of MiniVAN to our set of canvassing tools!
Many of you also volunteered to help elect Allison Russo and Rick Neal. Sunday canvasses hosted by Organizing4UA members Jack and Stephanie were always full of energetic volunteers.
Connect with the Campaigns
A special thanks to Stephanie and Debbie for organizing our biweekly Connect with the Campaigns events every second Thursday evening. We got to meet with candidates, campaign staff, or surrogates from the campaigns of Sherrod Brown, Michael Stinziano, Richard Cordray, Zack Space, Michael Donnelly, Melody Stewart, Rick Neal, Allison Russo, Marilyn Brown, and Steve Dettelbach.
Get Out the Vote
A huge thanks to Wanda for volunteering to host the Campaign for Ohio Get Out the Vote canvasses and phone banks at her house! GOTV was fast, furious, and fun, thanks to the many volunteers.
Although the statewide results were disappointing, it’s helpful to examine the local results to see the full effect of your actions. For example, all Democrats running for statewide office received more votes than their Republican opponents in Upper Arlington. Sherrod Brown won in all Upper Arlington wards. Rick Neal received more votes than incumbent Representative Steve Stivers in Upper Arlington. Over the next few months, let’s all dive in to the official results and learn what we can for 2020!
Thank you, and best wishes for a happy and progressive new year!
When we first came together after the 2016 election, we all agreed that we needed to keep building our neighborhood teams to actively promote progressive policies and candidates.
Now is the time to learn about the candidates and how we can actively support them in our communities.
Meet Speaker Sarah Montell for Sherrod Brown’s Campaign and Speaker Will Scarbrough for Michael Stinziano’s Campaign. Hear what you can do to help these candidates’ campaigns!
Where: 2280 Canterbury Road
or to Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org
And save these Thursdays to learn about other candidates:
Sign up to help Get Out the Vote (GOTV) for Danny O’Connor for Congress in District 12! The special election is on Tuesday, August 7, and you can help #Flipthe12th!
SIGN UP FOR GOTV (Get Out The Vote)
Help is needed at the staging locations below, listed in order of priority:
GOTV shifts are approximately three hours, and start at 9:30, 12:30, and 3:30 daily, Saturday August 4-Tuesday, August 7.
A complete list of events from the O’Connor campaign is available HERE. Check in often! There are new visitors, canvasses, rallies and fundraisers posted daily.
Join Organizing 4UA and Sarah Grace Spurgin of the Campaign for Ohio for an organizational meeting in the Friends Theater at the main Upper Arlington Library on Tremont Rd.
When: Sunday, July 8, 2-3:30 pm
Where: Friends Theater (lower level), 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington, OH
1) Introductions/State of the Race
2) What is at Stake
3) Organizing Model
4) Digital Team Info
5) Breakdown of Roles
– Neighborhood Team Leader
– Neighborhood Team Captains
– Auxiliary Roles
6) Announcement of Upcoming Events and Goals
We hope to see you there!
Now that Issue 1 has passed, plan on attending the Fair Districts = Fair Elections debrief, planning, and celebration session in Columbus, Sunday, June 24th, 1:30-5:00 pm at the Northside Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library (1423 N. High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201). This is our opportunity to congratulate ourselves for a job well done, to learn from our experiences, and think about what comes next!
The Debrief Session will:
• Include an opportunity for volunteers to discuss the campaign, both what worked best and what they would do differently next time around;
• Discuss results of the follow-up survey;
• Provide updates on the ACLU Ohio lawsuit, the upcoming Supreme Court decisions, and other redistricting reform news;
• Allow coalition partners to update volunteers on next campaigns;
• Allow volunteers to talk about their interests in engaging in future campaigns to improve democracy;
• Have an informative presentation from Catherine Turcer about dark money in politics, and a short presentation from Camille Wimbish about Election Protection and the Verify Your Vote campaign.
After the planned program (1:30-5:00 pm) participants are invited to join organizers at a nearby eating and drinking establishment for a social hour.
Space is limited, so please reserve your spot at THIS LINK!
Thanks to everyone who attended our candidate event for the Democratic candidates for Ohio House of Representatives District 24! It was a packed house, and it was great to see everyone there!
In case you missed the event, here’s a quick introduction to the candidates:
Andrea Bonny is a physician, wife, and mother of 3. She graduated from Upper Arlington High School, received her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
She has worked as an academic physician for over 20 years. In this role, she has served as a clinician, researcher, educator, advocate, and community organizer. Recently, she has focused on treating adolescents and young adults with opioid addiction.
Mary B. Relotto received her bachelors degree from Ohio University in Journalism with a minor in Sociology. She is the founder of Dames Bond, an organization that began in 2007, to bridge the gap between women and entrepreneurship.
Mary B. worked in the non-profit industry for 15 years, serving some of the most marginalized people in our community. She’s won various awards for championing small business owners and women, was appointed on the Columbus Women’s Commission and sits on the advisory board for the Women’s Business Center of Ohio.
Allison Russo is a public health policy expert who has spent nearly two decades advising government leaders and policymakers on issues related to the healthcare financing and care delivery needs of seniors, vulnerable populations, Veterans, and military families.
She is currently the Policy Research Director for a public policy consulting firm. Allison serves on the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Central Ohio, is an active member of Rotary Club and Leadership UA, the Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network. Allison is married to Brian, a Veteran, and together they have three children who attend public school in Upper Arlington.
Get out there and volunteer for one of these amazing candidates between now and the primary on May 8! If you are still undecided, Progress Hilliard is hosting a District 24 candidate forum on April 27th.