Democrats discuss new year plans

Seneca County Democratic Executive Committee met Thursday night for the first time in 2013.

Even though the committee did not have enough members present to have a quorum, it still discussed upcoming issues and events but could not make any official decisions.

Tom Smathers, chairman of the committee, said the group should consider whether it should take official stances on political issues in future elections.

He also said the committee should decide if it wants to have a booth at this year’s county fair. He said since there are not any big elections, it could be a good time to save the money that goes to the fair booth and to give to future candidates.

Smathers said the group should also consider having a meeting every other month, instead of monthly because 2013 is not a big year for


Also at the meeting, Smathers said State Sen. Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, who spoke at last year’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, is to run against Jon Husted for Ohio secretary of state.

Smathers also said David Pepper, a former Cincinnati City Council member and Hamilton County commissioner, is to run for Ohio attorney general. Smathers also said former governor Ted Strickland has no interest in running again for governor.

“If (Gov.) John Kasich gets re-elected, you can bet your money we’re going to see a right-to-work state proposal,” he said. “He’s in the doghouse, the poll numbers are against him. He wants to get re-elected, and we’ve certainly helped him by not having a strong candidate.”

Nathan Mowery attended the meeting to announce that he is to run for one of the three at-large seats for city council. He said he will be running as a Democrat.

Smathers said Councilman Mark Hayes also is to run for an at-large seat as a Democrat.

Also at the meeting, Cheryl Radin-Norman sought to be appointed to the Democratic executive committee. The committee is to vote on her approval at a future meeting.

The committee also announced it is to have its third annual wines and chocolates fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. April 19 at the Civil War Museum.