Candidates

Young Dem Candidates

We've endorsed more than 85 Young Dem candidates so far in 2019*! Our campaigns committee, comprised of leaders from all across the state, vetted the 100+ candidates that were submitted to us over the past few months. We will be profiling as many of our endorsed candidates as we can here on our website and on social media.  In addition, OYD will be hosting days action around the state, planning remote text banks, hosting a friendly voter registration competition, and more. And, not only are we taking strong field actions, we're putting our digital presence to work by profiling candidates and even have plans to put some paid advertising to work to help get out the vote.

Check out a running list of our 2019 endorsed candidates below. Fun Fact: We'll be adding hyperlinks to everyone's OYD Candidate Profiles as they publish. So - keeping checking back for more profiles!

*to be considered for an OYD endorsement you must be under 40 and on the ballot in 2019.

Athens County
Taylor Sappington - For Nelsonville Auditor

Columbiana County
Daniel Winston - For Wellsville City Council

Clinton County
Kelsey Swindler - For Wilmington City Council
Tyler Williams - For Wilmington City Council

Cuyahoga County
Brian Brochetti - For Parma City Council Ward 7
Jalen Brown - For Maple Heights Board of Education
Katherine Gallagher - For Brooklyn Mayor
Daniel Langshaw - For North Royalton City Council Ward 3
Tenisha Mack - For Garfield Heights City Council Ward 2
Paul Marnecheck II - For North Royalton City Council
Megan Murphy - For North Olmsted Board of Education
Nakeshia Nickerson - For Woodmere Village Council
Sam O'Leary - For Lakewood Mayor
Daniel O'Malley - For Lakewood City Council Ward 4
Erika Roitblat - For Fairview Park Council Ward 4
Meg Ryan Shockey - For Brooklyn City Council
Jason Shachner - For Lakewood City Council Ward 2
Cassimir Svigelj - For Rocky River City Council
Gigi Traore - For Newburgh Heights Village Council
Megan Walsh - For Beachwood Board of Education

Delaware County
Melanie Farkas - For Liberty Township Trustee
Drew Farrell - For Delaware City Council Ward 4
Cory Hoffman - For Delaware City Council Ward 3

Franklin County
Jennifer Adair - For Columbus Board of Education
Merisa Bowers - For Gahanna City Council
Elizabeth Brown - For Columbus City Council
Pete Bucher - For Worthington City Council
Michaela Burriss - For Upper Arlington City Council
Anthony Caldwell - For Southwestern City Schools Board of Education
Jessica D'Varga - For Franklin County Municipal Court Judge
Rob Dorans - For Columbus City Council
Shayla Favor - For Columbus City Council
Mike Hroncich - For Gahanna City Council
Ryan Jolley - For Mayor of Gahanna
Brian Morgan - For Hilliard Board of Education
Brian Perry - For Hilliard Board of Education
Deryck Richardson - For Hilliard City Council
Chris Shook - For Reynoldsburg City Attorney
William Sperlazza - For Franklin County Municipal Court Judge
Matthew Star - For Mayor of Minerva Park

Hamilton County
Nancy Averett - For Wyoming City Council
Aharon Brown - For Forest Park City Council
Kimberlee Rohr - For Cheviot Director of Law
Liam Shanahan - For Norwood City Council
Sarah Stankorb Taylor - For Wyoming City Council

Lake County
Joseph Nappi - For Mentor Board of Education

Licking County
Seth Dobbelaer - For Newark City Council

Lorain County
Cory Shawver - For Lorain City Council Ward 7

Lucas County
Sheena Barnes - For Toledo City Schools
Matt Cherry - For Toledo City Council District 2
Theresa Gadus - For Toledo City Council District 3
Carrie Hartman - For Maumee City Council
Sam Melden - Toledo City Council District 5
Scott Noonan - For Maumee City Council
Tom Puffenberger - For Toledo Municipal Court Judge

Mahoning County
Basia Adamczak - For Youngstown City Council Ward 7
Catherine Cercone-Miller - For Mayor of Struthers
Lauren McNally - For Youngstown City Council Ward 5
Julius Oliver - For Youngstown City Council Ward 1
Samantha Turner - For Youngstown City Council Ward 3

Marion County
Kai Meade - For Marion City Council Ward 1

Medina County
Drew Burge - For Brunswick City Council Ward 4
Nicholas Hanek - For Brunswick City Council Ward 2
Jess Hazeltine - For Medina City Council Ward 1
Eric Heffinger - For Medina City Council Ward 3
Lee Potts - For Wadsworth Council Ward 3

Mercer County
Eric Lochtefeld - For Celina City Council

Montgomery County
Craig Anderson, Jr. - For Harrison Township Trustee
Jamie Rippey - For Dayton Board of Education
Will Smith - For Dayton Board of Education

Portage County
Christopher Clevenger-Morris - For Kent Board of Education

Richland County
Don Bryant - For Mansfield Mayor
Tory Gorka - For Jefferson Township Trustee

Ross County
Luke Feeney - For Chillicothe Mayor

Stark County
John Mariol - For Canton City Council

Summit County
Dr. N. J. Akbar - For Akron City Board of Education
Shammas Malik - For Akron City Council Ward 8
Bobby McDowall - For Mogadore Village Council
Drew Reilly - For Cuyahoga Falls City Council Ward 1
David Hamilton - For Akron Municipal Court Judge

Trumbull County
Ben Kyle - For Hubbard Mayor
Tom Shay - For Braceville Township Fiscal Officer

Wayne County
Oliver Warren - For Wooster City Council

Wood
County
Jeff Dennis - For Bowling Green City Council Ward 4
Rachel Phipps - For Bowling Green City Council Ward 3
Buddy Ritson - For Lake Township Fiscal Officer

Side note: We'll be blunt - campaigns cost money. Even if you're not on the ballot, the people running this November are going to have direct impact on your lives, so we're doing everything we can to make sure this impact starts with Young Dems. Can you chip in $5 to help us fund our campaign?

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