Jen House

Jen House is President of the Ohio Young Democrats.  She has been active in Ohio politics for more than 10 years. Jen works in public relations and marketing for a large Ohio-based law firm and is a proud Miami University alumna. In addition to her work in the Ohio Young Democrats, Jen is also the Vice Chair of the Young Democrats of America (YDA) Chapter Building Committee, the Deputy Region Director for the YDA Great Lakes Region.  Prior to taking on the role of OYD President, Jen served for more than four years as the President of OYD’s largest chapter - the Franklin County Young Democrats.


Butch Frey
First Vice President

Butch Frey is the Ohio Young Democrats First Vice President. He has served on the senior staff of multiple statewide campaigns including for Clay Pell in Rhode Island and Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky. Most recently, Butch oversaw coalition engagement and coordination with the Ohio Democratic Party as the Ohio’s Deputy Political Director for Hillary for America. Butch holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Miami University of Ohio, and currently in second year at University of Cincinnati College of Law.

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Bill Benner
Second Vice President

Bill Benner is the Ohio Young Democrats Second Vice President.  In this role, he leads the OYD chapter building committee and is the primary contact for chapter building efforts.  Before taking on his OYD role, Bill served several years as the president of the Lucas County Young Democrats.  He is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

Nate Hall

Nate Hall serves as Secretery for the Ohio Young Democrats, and previously served as Sgt. at Arms. A proud Ohio Bobcat, Nate has worked on labor and congressional campaigns, managed state legislative races, and worked in the state legislature. He currently works as a researcher and state outreach director for a labor affiliated research and policy organization. 


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Carrie Russell Hartman

Carrie Russell Hartman is the Ohio Young Democrats Treasurer. A graduate of Iowa State in 2006, carrie moved to Ohio and quickly became involved in local democratic politics. In 2014 she received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the Toledo College of Law, and currently works for the City of Toledo in the Mayor's office.



Ben Kyle
Membership Secretary

Ben Kyle is the Ohio Young Democrats Membership Secretary. In this role, he is responsible for maintaining the OYD membership lists and verifying chartering applications from new and existing chapters.  Ben is also the president of the Trumbull County Young Democrats.  In addition, he serves as Councilman for the City of Hubbard.  Ben is proud graduate of Youngstown State University.

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Dontavius Jarrells
National Committeeman

Dontavius is the Ohio Young Democrats National Committeeman. In this role, he represents OYD on the Young Democrats of America National Committee.  Dontavius is also the president of the Ohio Young Black Democrats.  Dontavius works at non-profit focused on behavioral health issues.  He is a graduate of Hiram University.


Bridgette Tupes
National Committeewoman

Bridgette is the Ohio Young Democrats National Committeewoman. In this role, she represents OYD on the Young Democrats of America (YDA) National Committee.  Bridgette is also on the YDA leadership team, serving as chief of staff.  Bridgette works as a political fundraising consultant.  She is a graduate of The Ohio State University.


Jimmy Calhoun
Sergeant at Arms

Jimmy Calhoun is the Ohio Young Democrats Sergeant at Arms. He is an active member of the Montgomery County Young Dems and is the President of the South Dayton Democrats. Jimmy is also a member of the Montgomery County Democratic Party. Jimmy Attended undergrad at Miami University and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of law. He is currently an associate at Flanagan, Lieberman, Hoffman and Swaim in Dayton Ohio.


Christopher Clevenger
Communications Director

Christopher Clevenger is the Ohio Young Democrats Communications Director and President of the Portage County Young Democrats. A graduate of Kent State University,  he served as the Campaign Manager for Ohio Supreme Court Justice William M. O'Neill in 2012. Christopher currently serves as the Deputy Secretary for the Young Democrats of America.

Carla Baldwin

Carla is the OYD Parliamentarian. She is responsible for ensuring that OYD implements and maintains parliamentary procedure. She's a native of Youngstown and currently serves as a Magistrate in Mahoning County Juvenile Court.  Carla is a proud member of the Mahoning County Young Democrats

Local Chapters

OYD has more than 1,000 members (and growing!) in our local chapters across the state.

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