January 2021 General Body Meeting and Executive Board Elections

Join FCYD for our first meeting of 2021 & executive board elections. Come to hear the 2020 review and 2021 action plan as well as vote for the 2021 leadership team. To be considered a voting member, you need to be active and pay the annual $20 dues. You can click HERE to pay.

When: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

Where: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be meeting virtually. You can access the Zoom link through our Facebook page HERE.

We are excited to see you – whether it has been a while since you have attended one of our events, or are new to Franklin County. FCYD is an affirming and inclusive organization. This event is free to attend.

Go Vote!


Tuesday May 2! We strongly urge our members to vote for and support our endorsed candidates/issue! The candidates in bold are FCYDems members.

  • The Franklin County Senior Options Levy
  • Shannon Hardin  – Columbus City Councilmember and former FCYDems Vice President
  • Mitchell Brown – Columbus City Councilmember
  • Priscilla Tyson – Columbus City Councilmember
  • Dominic Paretti – Columbus City School District Board Member and Ohio Young Dems Secretary
  • Ramona Reyes– Columbus City School District Board Member
  • Michael Cole – Columbus City School District Board Member
  • Stacie Baker – Candidate for Reynoldsburg City Council and former FCYDems Secretary

The polls are open today, Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 6:30am-7:30pm.

Join Us for our next General Body Meeting!

1899789_601903833227922_1450457763_oOur next general body meeting is on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 5:30pm at the Ohio Democratic Party, 340 E Fulton Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

Come and get an update on all things FCYDems, plan for 2018, and hear from our guest candidates!

Additionally, we will have a presentation from Christine Smith, the Pro Bono Director and Staff Attorney at Giffords Law Center, on the state of gun control laws and what municipalities can do to prevent gun violence.

More about Christine Smith:

Christine Smith joined Giffords Law Center in 2016 as the organization’s pro bono coordinator. In 2017, she became a staff attorney and director of our pro bono partnerships. Christine corresponds with law firms and attorneys who generously volunteer their assistance with legal research and amicus briefs, drafts, assigns, and vets research projects, and acts as a liaison between Giffords Law Center’s legal team and our Pro Bono Partners.

Christine is a former prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer from New York City. She worked for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as both a trial and appellate lawyer, then opened her own practice, representing criminal defendants who could not afford their own attorney.

After relocating to Singapore, Christine worked with the Law Society of Singapore’s Pro Bono Services, coordinating the compilation of a criminal law manual for civil law attorneys offering pro bono assistance to indigent defendants. She also taught Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law. Christine earned her BA at Smith College and her JD at Fordham University School of Law.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Giffords Law Center!

Let us know you will be joining us HERE!

2017 Primary and Countywide Endorsements!


We’re excited to announce our first round of endorsements for the 2017 elections. These endorsements are for countywide races, races in the city of Columbus and races/issues on the May 2, 2017 Primary Ballot. We strongly urge our members to vote for and support these candidates! Candidates in bold are Young Dems (under 40).

We strongly urge our members to support:

The Franklin County Senior Options Levy
Lori Tyack –  Franklin County Municipal Clerk of Courts
Andrea Peeples –  Franklin County Municipal Court Judge
Cindi Morehart – Franklin County Municipal Court Judge
Jarrod Skinner – Candidate for Franklin County Municipal Court Judge
Morgan Masters – Candidate for Franklin County Municipal Court Judge
Zach Klein – Candidate for Columbus City Attorney
Megan Kilgore – Candidate for Columbus City Auditor
Priscilla Tyson – Columbus City Councilmember
Shannon Hardin  – Columbus City Councilmember and former FCYDems Vice President
Mitchell Brown – Columbus City Councilmember
Ramona Reyes– Columbus City School District Board Member
Dominic Paretti – Columbus City School District Board Member and Ohio Young Dems Secretary
Michael Cole – Columbus City School District Board Member
Stacie Baker – Candidate for Reynoldsburg City Council and former FCYDems Secretary

Meet the New FCYDems Secretary – Michael Corey

cbexg29OThe Franklin County Young Democrats are grateful for the years of service from our former Secretary Stacie Baker, who stepped down to enter the 2017 Reynoldsburg City Council race. Having young progressives actively engaging in the political process is our mission and it’s always a point of pride to see our members stepping up in this important way. We wish him the best of luck!

The FCYDems Constitution outlines our process for appointment of officers when necessary. It is left to the president’s discretion. Although an application, interviews, etc. is not required, we’ve afforded members this opportunity in the past.

With our Screening Committee meeting for the May primary already set, as well as our endorsement meeting, we felt it necessary to appoint quickly. We narrowed our pool of candidates based on previous applications. It is from there, and with the approval of our Executive Board, that we have chosen our new Secretary.

It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Michael Corey to the FCYDems Board! Michael most recently served as a Regional Voter Protection Director for the Clinton Campaign. He is also an active member of the FCYDems Policy Matters committee. An attorney and Columbus native, he brings a depth of applicable policy experience to this new role.  Michael joined the campaign after serving as a policy analyst at the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio, and as a healthcare attorney at Bricker & Eckler LLP. Michael has also served as a Legal Fellow for Sen. Sherrod Brown, and has held positions with the Kirwan Institute at The Ohio State University, the Children’s Hunger Alliance, and the Ohio Board of Regents. Michael is a graduate of Duke University, and holds an M.A. from Ohio State’s School of Education Policy & Leadership, and a J.D. from Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, where he served as Executive Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal. Michael lives in Columbus with his wife, Lori, who directs the Healthcare for the Homeless program at Primary One Health.

We’re confident that Michael will maintain our standard of excellence both in managing the Policy Matters Forums and screening local candidates. Please join us in congratulating Michael!

Meet the New FCYDems Treasurer – Annie Marsico

headshotIn the last week, the FCYDems Executive Board conducted a search to fill the role of treasurer, a position vacated by Mike Liggett after he was elected as the president of the Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio. The board is both grateful and touched by the time and attention the many applicants gave in their survey responses. We were fortunate enough to select a replacement from a field of noteworthy and talented members.


We are very pleased to welcome Annie Marsico as the new treasurer of the Franklin County Young Democrats! An attorney and an active FCYDems member, Annie brings a wealth of both campaign and governing experience with her to this new role. Currently a policy analyst for the City of Columbus, she has the background and passion FCYDems needs to accomplish our financial goals, including the management and allocation of funds to young Democratic candidates.


In 2003, Annie volunteered on her first Presidential campaign in New Hampshire for Howard Dean.  She served on Judge Laurel Beatty’s 2010 campaign with duties that included campaign finance.  This past year, Annie was elected as a Hillary Clinton delegate from the 15th Congressional District.  She has been a FCYDems member since 2011 and has been an active volunteer with the Franklin County Democratic Party.


Annie is a 2005 graduate of Ohio University and has remained active with its Alumni organization. She is also a 2009 Capital University Law School graduate and is a member of the Ohio Bar.  Annie is a member of the Leadership Columbus Class of 2013, and she is a member of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Association Board.  For three years, she served as a faculty in residence for the John Glenn College of Public Affairs’ New Leadership Ohio program at the Ohio State University.  Annie lives in Columbus with her husband, John, and her dog, Satchel.


We hope you will join us in congratulating Annie! If you’re interested in assisting her and our organization in a financial capacity, please reach out to her at treasurer@fcydems.com.

Member Spotlight: Nate Hall

vote today, croppedFollowing the success of the repeal Senate Bill 5 movement of 2011, students and others previously not familiar with the labor movement became aware of the importance of organized labor to progressive causes. Nate Hall, an FCYDems member who serves as a policy analyst for the Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC), is one such student.

Nate started working on behalf of progressive causes while still a student, at Ohio University in Athens. He started by working on Obama’s successful 2008 campaign and then later served as the College Democrats President for Ohio University until he worked as campaign manager for the successful race of Nick Barborak for the 5th Ohio House District. Beginning in January of 2013 Nate worked as a Legislative Aide for Representative Barborak. This gave him an understanding of the legislative process until he left the legislature to help run another Democratic House race in the difficult 2014-election cycle. This shift allowed Nate to stumble upon an opportunity to assist the labor movement as a staff member with IKORCC. Labor has been the back bone of the Democratic Party for one-hundred years, and will be for the next one-hundred years,” said Nate. As a policy analyst for IKORCC he has great concerns with continued restrictions on workers rights, and possible changes to unemployment compensation, championed in the Ohio Legislature, which will negatively impact those in construction and other labor workers who might be in-between work sites.

Conversely, Nate sees hope in advancing the ideals of collective bargaining, specifically it’s ability to bring wages up for all workers, however he still remains concerned with the continued movement of so called “Right to Work” legislation, reminiscence of the 2011 S.B. 5 fight, “It’s important for the Democratic Party to be vigilant against future efforts to constrict organized labor.”

IKORCC continues to be active in outreach to communities not traditionally represented in the Carpenters Union, such as women and the growing Latino population in the field. FCYDems are excited to have a member on the front lines of the future of the labor movement in Nate Hall.


By: Dimitri McDaniel