New and Potential Members Event

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Monday, August 24th, 2015
6PM – 8PM
Dempsey’s 346 S High St,
Columbus, OH 43215

*Light food will be provided*
Please come hear about the valuable work Franklin County Young Democrats are doing!
Want to serve on a FCYD Committee? More than one? Speak to Committee Chairs on the 24th

FCYD Committees:

Screening Committee
Membership Committee
Finance Committee
Communications Committee

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BOGO Membership Drive

Each year, FCYDems host a buy one-get one membership drive. Membership is normally $20 per person but at the BOGO drive you can bring a friend and get two annual memberships for the same price!

Membership dues help our org support young Dem candidates in Franklin County. This year, we hosted BOGO on the patio of Patrick J’s from 6-8pm on May 28th, 2015.

Existing members, new members and young at heart members came together for this fun annual networking opportunity! We had a great turnout of new and returning members and are excited to see our organization grow bigger and stronger!

Policy Panel: Issues Affecting Women

On Thursday, May 22nd, 2015 members convened to discuss policies that disproportionately impact women in the state of Ohio. Panelists included Heather Bishoff, State Representative of the 20th District, Liz Brown, Chair of the Parental Leave Committee for the Communication Workers of America Local 4502, and Bridgette Tupes, consultant with ART Advisors.

Members learned about the current status of Ohio as it relates to the wage gap, the effects of raising the minimum wage, and how economic security is the bedrock for narrowing gender inequity. Panelists also presented the facts regarding the infant mortality epidemic in central Ohio and its direct correlation with women’s health and poverty levels. Representative Bishoff spoke of initiatives on the state and local level to improve these conditions by Democrats and the blockades Democrats are facing by Republicans, and how Medicaid expansion would dramatically improve the quality of life for thousands of Ohio’s women. Our membership and panelists further discussed human trafficking and what organizations are doing to fight trafficking in central Ohio. Finally we talked about how individuals are elected, female participation in elections and as elected officials, and the drawing of lines drastically effects how much we can get done on these topics.

These Policy Matters discussions ensure that FCYDems members have the opportunity to engage with policymakers and the individuals who are in charge of implementing policies.

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2015 Primary Election Voting Information

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EARLY VOTING

WHEN
Monday-Friday, April 7-May 1, 8am-5pm
Saturday, May 2nd, 8am-12 noon
Sunday, May 3rd, 1pm-5pm
Monday, May 4th, 8am-2pm

WHERE
Franklin County Early Vote Center
1700 Morse Road
Columbus OH, 43229

ON ELECTION DAY, MAY 5th

WHEN
Tuesday, May 5th, 6:30am-7:30pm

WHERE
Find your Election Day polling location here.

WHO

Please consider voting for the Franklin County Young Democrats endorsed candidates:

Mayor of Columbus
Andrew J. Ginther

Mayor of Gahanna
Ryan P. Jolley

City Council
Michelle Mills
Zach Klein
Jaiza Page
Michael Stinziano

Learn more about our endorsed candidates here.

The FCYDems Endorsed Candidates

Ginther Final 300 dpi - CopyAndrew Ginther | Mayor of Columbus
City Council President Andrew J. Ginther is the endorsed Democratic candidate for mayor of Columbus. For the last eight years, Andy has worked with Mayor Michael B. Coleman to create 29,000 new jobs, tackle over 2,000 vacant houses, and double the pre-school spots in Columbus. Andy is the Vice President of Community Affairs and Outreach for the Children’s Hunger Alliance. As mayor, Andy will make sure every person in every neighborhood is sharing in the success of our great city.

1579f40Ryan P. Jolley | Mayor of Gahanna
I’m running for Mayor to ensure that the next generation has the same incredible opportunities that I had. Growing up in Gahanna made me the person I am today, and I believe it is my responsibility to give back to our community what it gave to me

 

Page Head ShotJaiza Page | Columbus City Council
Local elected officials are the most tangible contact with government that many young adults have, and I am proud to be their representative on Council. Increasing the quality of life in all of our neighborhoods is critical to helping the young adult community thrive in our City. With my background fighting blight in neighborhoods and my current work strengthening our recreation programs and parks, I am working toward making Columbus an even more attractive place to live and retain our young professionals.

Klein Head ShotZach Klein | Columbus City Council
Attracting and retaining young adults is critical to a city’s growth, and I have made that a priority of mine on Council. Having joined Council at the age of 31, I understand the mindset of young professionals in this City, and I believe my emphasis on strong, safe neighborhoods, bolstering recreation and park programming, and attracting jobs to Columbus will make our City that much better a place for young adults and their families.

Mills Head ShotMichelle Mills | Columbus City Council
We need to continue to make Columbus a place where young adults want to move to and stay if they are already here. I believe we are already in a great position in this regard, but we can always do more. By keeping our neighborhoods strong and removing blight, we can make our allure even stronger. Also, we can make our City a place where small and large businesses alike are welcome, and encouraged to grow and retain good, high-paying jobs. Strengthening our economy and our neighborhoods alike will keep our momentum going.

Stinziano Head ShotMichael Stinziano | Columbus City Council
As a state legislator, I worked to improve Central Ohio neighborhoods. I would like to have an even more direct impact on our community as a member of Columbus City Council. Making sure that we have safe, clean, and strong neighborhoods will be my focus. This is crucial for creating an atmosphere that retains young professionals and nurtures the next generation of Columbus residents.

FCYDems Launches Policy Matters Series

As part of growing our membership, FCYDems is excited to announce our new Policy Matters series. We will host many policy forums with guest speakers that will allow open discussion on various policy topics determined by the membership. To make a topic suggestion or suggest a panelist, contact Stacie Baker at secretary@fcydems.org.

Our first event will focus on Voting Rights, to be held on April 20th. For more information click here.

FCYDems Candidate Endorsements Announced

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Thank you to all who attended our general meeting this past Tuesday. I want to extend a special thanks to Franklin County Democratic Party Chairman Bill Anthony for kicking-off the meeting and talking with us about the party, the progress the party has made on including young dems and his goals for the future.

At the meeting, the members in attendance voted to approve the screening committee’s report and unanimously endorsed the following candidates for the May 5th Primary:

Andrew Ginther for Mayor of Columbus
Ryan Jolley for Mayor of Gahanna (Current FCYDems member)
Shannon Hardin for Columbus City Council (Current FCYDems member)
Zach Klein for Columbus City Council (Current FCYDems member)
Michelle Mills for Columbus City Council
Jaiza Page for Columbus City Council (Current FCYDems member)
Michael Stinziano for Columbus City Council (Current FCYDems member)

The screening committee recommended these endorsements after evaluating the candidates and the questionnaires they completed. The committee looked at past FCYDems membership, support and the work the candidates have done/plan to do for young adults in Franklin County. We’re excited to support these candidates in their races. We’ll be sharing additional opportunities about our work for these campaigns in the coming weeks. For now, there are a few ways that you can help support our candidates:

St. Patrick’s Day!
You can help out Andrew Ginther and the Columbus City Council slate by marching in the City of Columbus/Shamrock Club St. Patrick’s Parade on Tuesday, March 17. If you are interested in marching with Andy or the council team please RSVP to me at president@fcydems.com.  You’ll get a T-shirt and surely some luck of the Irish!  The line-up starts at 10:30am at the corner of E Naghten St and N 5th St.  I hope to see you there!

Canvass for Ryan Jolley on March 21!
FCYDems and the Gahanna Progressives are partnering with the Ryan Jolley for Mayor Campaign to canvass on Ryan’s behalf on Saturday, March 21.  We will meet at 11:30 am to discuss talking points, distribute canvassing packets and maps and answer any questions about Ryan’s campaign.  The canvass will launch from Dunkin’ Donuts (1111 N. Hamilton Rd, Gahanna OH 43230).  After the canvass is done, we will all regroup for fun, food & drinks starting at 4:00 PM at Signature’s Millstone Tavern (94 Mill St, Gahanna OH 43230).  Are you planning to attend?  Please let me know by sending me an email at president@fcydems.com.  We’ll also be creating a Facebook event about this canvass in the coming days.

We’ll share additional volunteer and canvass activities for our endorsed candidates leading up to the May 5th Primary.  We’re also going to profile each of our endorsed candidates on our website and social media pages.

Thanks for all that you do.

Democratically yours,
Jen House
FCYDems President
president@fcydems.com