ODP Weekly Update: Early Voting Off to Strong Start in OH-12 Special Election

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“People are making homemade yard signs, just doing everything they can to win this race,” O’Connor said. “I think that’s not necessarily just about partisanship. I think it’s about having someone to go to Washington who’s going to get stuff done.”

O’Connor will try to flip a reliably Republican district for the Democrats. Part of his strategy for winning is to get his supporters to vote early.

“There’s just so much enthusiasm about what we’re doing right now,” he said. “After you vote, you can continue to help the campaign by volunteering, going out and knocking on doors, making phone calls, writing postcards.”


O’Connor believes in helping solve the problems Americans have when they sit down at their kitchen table at night. He doesn’t think they sway Democratic or Republican — most Americans want the same thing at the end of the day.

“I grew up in a small town that’s mostly Republicans so I understand that Republicans and Democrats aren’t that different. We all worry about the same things. We want our kids to have a better future. We want to have our shot at the American dream and that’s what I’m going to fight for. That’s what I’m going to represent in Congress.”

The Columbus Dispatch noted that “Franklin County Democrats were impressively quick out of the starting gate last week in the initial days of early voting for the Aug. 7 special election.”

That is a message that resonated with Mindy Hedges, who supports Mr. O’Connor.

“We absolutely need a change,” she said, adding, “I am hopeful that this district is ready for a change as well.”

Save Workers’ Pensions

Sen. Sherrod Brown is working across the aisle to defend Ohioans’ retirement security, and this week the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans heard from workers and retirees who stand to lose their retirement security if the federal government does not take action. More than a million Americans — including 60,000 Ohioans — could lose as much as 60 percent of their pensions.

Boosting Small Businesses

New ECOT Shenanigans

This week WCMH-TV confirmed that the now-defunct Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) used Ohioans’ tax dollars to PAY students to attend graduation AND take state tests.

Fairness for Farmers

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge this week introduced the Fair Access for Farmers and Ranchers Act. Many landowners who cannot afford or find legal assistance often pass on without leaving a will, creating heirs’ property. In most states, their multiple descendants become tenants in common. This type of property lacks a clear title and restricts landowner engagement with land improvement programs offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Fair Access for Farmers and Ranchers Act would require the USDA to provide program eligibility to such landowners.


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Podcast: Vets Running for Office

This week’s Ohio Democratic Podcast features two veterans running for the Ohio Statehouse — Lauren Friedman, a Stark County native, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, a mom of three boys, a wife and a proven leader who is running in Ohio Senate District 29; and Casey Weinstein, a Hudson city councilman, U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, father of two and business owner who is running for Ohio House District 37.

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