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

Members Spotlight: Serena Finlay

12038108_10206842031703825_5955207044660919054_nSerena Finlay is a Columbus transplant with a story similar to so many. She moved to the Capital City from Los Angeles to attend The Ohio State University, gaining valuable experience in internships in the public sector. Through her many opportunities, throughout her time at OSU’s John Glenn College, she was able to intern with Senator Sherrod Brown, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and Former State Representative Michael Stinziano.

Serena deeply believes that Columbus is “America’s Opportunity City,” unsurprisingly she was able to convey this message as a campaign staff member for Mayor Andrew Ginther’s 2015 election. “In addition to the career opportunities in the many different sectors that are available, there is always a laundry list of things to do in the different communities. Another appealing aspect [of Columbus] is the affordability,” she told Joe Ryan at FCYD’s 2015 Holiday Party.

Growing up in the liberal bastion that is the West Coast, Serena saw some of the complex issues being debated in the Ohio General Assembly, especially the attacks on women’s reproductive rights as disheartening, “I don’t think they understand that millions of women rely on Planned Parenthood for basic medical care,” she remarked, but instead of accepting the Republican controlled legislature’s restrictions, these actions galvanized her commitment to public service, “I feel more motivated as a woman to work in politics and government in light of what is happening.”

Serena envisions herself living and working in Columbus in the near future and at some point working towards her Master’s Degree from the John Glenn College. Her first job out of undergrad was working for the Ginther mayoral campaign. She has now returned to the 18th House District to serve as Legislative Aide to newly appoint State Representative Kristin Boggs.

By: Dimitri McDaniel, Joe Ryan

March YDA National Conference



March National Conference

Hosted by, Ohio Young Democrats 

The Ohio Young Democrats are excited to host young Democrats from around the country in the Buckeye state. The Young Democrats of America, the largest youth-led partisan political organization in the United States, announced Monday morning that their next conference would be held in Columbus the weekend of March 18-20.

If you you would like to help, please contact Jen at There will be plenty of opportunities for you to get in engaged with Young Dems from across the state and the country.

You can read the full release here.

$55 Advance Registration: March 11th deadline

$65 On-Site Registration 

Contact for more information.



FCYDems Early Vote Day 

March 12th, 2016

1700 Morse Rd. Columbus, OH 43229

FCYD will be coordinating shifts for the entire day at the Early Vote Center.  Shifts will consist of passing out the Unity Ticket Sample Ballot. 

Shifts times include: 



Volunteer March 15th Primary


Unity Ticket Weekly Phone Bank

There are also phone banks Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday of each week from 5pm-8pm at Andy Ginther Campaign HQ-1108 City Park Ave, Columbus, OH 43206 if anyone would like to help out for a few hours. We can always use more volunteers. 

Phone banking will continue through the primary election support unity ticket candidates and our endorsed candidates for central committee.

Message from our President

FCYDems members,

Thank you for all of the support you have given to Andy Ginther, our endorsed Team for Columbus City Council – Zach Klein, Liz Brown, Jaiza Page, Michael Stinziano and Shannon Hardin and all of the other FCYDems endorsed candidates.  From canvasses to phone banks to fundraisers and social media support our members have been doing a great job spreading the word about the candidates we need here in Franklin County! I’m writing you today because it’s time to Get Out the Vote and we need your help.   Here are three ways to get involved as we round the final stretch!

1. Phone bank with us on Wednesday.  FCYDems is hosting a phone bank for the endorsed candidates in Columbus.  We’ll be phone banking from Ginther headquarters (1108 City Park Ave (second floor)) from 5-8pm. Stop by – even if it’s just for 15 minutes and make some calls to likely voters.  RSVP to me at

2. Talk to voters at the early vote center on Saturday! FCYDems has volunteered to distribute Democratic Party sample ballots at Franklin County Board of Elections – Early Vote Center (1700 Morse Road) during early voting on Saturday 10/31.  We still need people help during all shifts: 1700 Morse Rd 8AM-11AM, 11AM-1PM and 1PM-4PM.  Can you make it?  Please RSVP and let me know (

3. Help on Election Day!  Poll standing on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, will be one of the most important programmatic pieces of the entire 2015 Democratic Coordinated Campaign. We need to recruit volunteers to stand at polling locations and hand out Democratic Party sample ballots. Due to the specific nature of these races, this is a powerful vote-winning activity. Each shift begins with reporting to the Ginther HQ at 1108 City Park Ave, 2nd floor, to pick up materials and receive training, then head to the assigned polling location. Here are the shifts.

  • Shift 1 – 5:45 am to 10 am (arrive at polling location by 6:30 am)
  • Shift 2 – 9:30 am to 2 pm (arrive at polling location by 10:15 am)
  • Shift 3 – 1:30 pm to 6 pm (arrive at polling location by 2:15 pm)
  • Shift 4 – 3:45 pm to 7:30 pm (arrive at polling location by 4:30 pm) 

Our priorities are shifts 1, 2, and 4, since those cover the peak times of before work, the lunch hour, and after work. If someone commits to working all day, we will arrange breaks for them at non-peak times. Please contact me or Brendan Kelley at to sign up.


Finally – GO VOTE! Election Day is Tuesday, November 3. Make sure you have set aside time to go vote (we all know how busy young people can be).  If you would rather vote early – there’s still time.  The Franklin County Early Vote Center is open all week. On through Friday the center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  On Saturday, it is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (You can vote before or after your volunteer shift!).   The center is also open on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m and Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thank you for everything that you have done in support of the democrats on the ballot.  Our efforts and support have not gone unnoticed.  With just one week to go, let’s bring it home for the team!

Democratically Yours,

Jen House

FCYDems President

Franklin County Young Democrats Fundraiser for Endorsed Columbus City Council Team

September 29th, 2015

5:30PM – 7:30PM

Dempsey’s Food & Spirits 

346 S High St,

Columbus, OH  43215

Suggested contribution: $25

With the election less than two months away FCYD will be hosting a fundraiser for our endorsed Columbus City Council Team on September 29th starting at 5:30PM at Dempsey’s. Attending are FCYD members, Councilman Shannon Hardin, Councilwoman Jaiza Page, Candidate for Council Liz Brown.