All politics start at the local level! The 2024 election cycle will have county commissioners, county prosecuting attorney, county clerk of courts, county sheriff, county recorder, county treasurer and county engineer on the November 7, 2024, General Election ballot. Please contact the Erie County Board of Elections for information on what specific offices/positions will be included in the 2024 election cycle – 419.627.7601. Call now to ensure you don’t miss any deadline dates for this election cycle.
The Ohio Democratic Party’s 2024 Main Street Initiative in partnership with LEAD Ohio PAC – Ohio’s pre-eminent candidate training program for progressives – to provide top-notch training and meet other candidates running throughout the state! This year, we’re doubling down on our commitment to building a diverse, skilled and capable bench of local candidates and political operatives who are committed to making a change in their community.
Over 150 candidates expressed interest in running for office! Our team here at ODP has carefully vetted those who expressed interest in joining Main Street to ensure that they are registered Democrats who will uphold the party’s values and are reputable members of their community.
The Ohio Democratic Party has trained candidates and staff and invested $1.5 million+ on local races across the state. And all the effort and investment has paid off! New judges, school board members, mayors, city council members and county commissioners have been elected along with retaining offices within traditionally Democratic strongholds – including 13 of 15 the largest city mayors. In addition, our diversity has increased as the next generation of public servants are coming forward to run for elected office! This program works!
We look forward to working with candidates and campaign volunteers of various backgrounds and experience levels, including those who have previously run for office or have been involved in state and local politics for many years, to those who are brand new to the political process.
Plan to attend the next boot camp session! This training is for potential Democratic candidates, current officeholders, party activists and volunteers who may want to run or volunteer on campaigns in 2022 or beyond. You’ll learn how to get ready to run while building the skills and connections you’ll need for a successful campaign!
Are you interested in public service? The 2023 election cycle will bring many opportunities for you to run for office! Local elections include city, township and village positions that will be on the November 2023 General Election ballot. Please contact the Erie County Board of Elections for information on what specific offices/positions will be included in the 2023 election cycle – 419.627.7601. Call now to ensure you don’t miss any deadline dates for this election cycle.
For more information, please visit the link below:
LEAD Ohio 2024 Programs
WHAT IS THE MAIN STREET INITIATIVE?
In January 2015, the Ohio Democratic Party announced a new initiative dedicated to winning local races across the state. Races for County Commission, City Council, Township/Village Board, School Board, Mayor, State and Judicial offices will set the table for the long term success of the party. Through the Main Street Initiative, the ODP will focus on those elections across Ohio, prioritizing defending incumbents and Democratic open seats, picking up new positions of leadership in local elections and highlighting the brightest stars of the Party throughout the state. As soon as dates are available for trainings, information will be posted.
The benefits of the Main Street Initiative are:
- Candidates who have previously run for office or are currently in office will learn about the new technology and tools now available;
- Candidates and campaign volunteers receive hands-on, customized fundraising and voter contact support, as well as individual and group trainings;
- Candidates are part of a larger network and are promoted and touted to progressive donors and stakeholders across the state and country.
The Main Street Initiative will provide many tools and
resources to support local races including:
Do you feel the call to Public Service?
Plan to attend the important first step:
A Main Street and LEAD Ohio Program!
FOR THOSE CONSIDERING A RUN IN 2024
Training helps potential candidates to understand what’s on the ballot in 2024, what it’s like to run for office and serve, and how to collect signatures and file their paperwork. The goal is to encourage candidates to run and help them to consider their options. You can also access past recordings of this training:
- Jan 4, 2023 with Kristin Malhotra, Deerfield Township Trustee (Warren Co); Sean Beck, Ada Village Councilor (Hardin Co); and Heather Karr, Powell City Councilwoman (Delaware Co) | Video Recording
- Jan 23, 2023 with Nidhi Satiani, Upper Arlington Board of Education Member (Franklin Co); Kevin Kemper, Pickerington City Councilman (Fairfield Co); and Tony Eufinger, Paris Township Trustee (Union Co) | Video Recording
As training become available, information and links to register will be provided.