The Clinton County Democratic Party recently held an Appreciation Dinner to thank President Obama, Vice President Biden, local candidates, office holders and volunteers.
Chair Ann Reno stated the Obama-Biden administration brought the country out of the Bush recession; they had the longest period of private-sector job growth in US history (more than 15.8 million jobs created since 2010); they put in place tough new reforms to stop another crisis on Wall Street; gasoline prices are down because our dependence on foreign oil has been cut by more than half and we have doubled production of renewable energy.
Reno said more than 20 million Americans now have health care — the Affordable Care Act has been successful in improving quality of care, expanding access and lowering cost. Recognition of climate change has made a difference by ensuring Americans and more people across the world have clean air and water, and “there are many more programs and laws that improved the lives of hard-working Americans in the face of unprecedented Republican obstruction.”
“Democrats are proud that Obama-Biden always exemplified family values, decency, strong ethics, and they served with dignity,” said Reno.
Following homemade soups, salad, sandwiches and dessert, Joy Brubaker, organizer of the local women’s march, talked about the excitement of the 70-plus women and men who participated in the rally at the Clinton County Courthouse the day after the Trump inauguration.
Democrats were excited to introduce bright, energetic young candidates running for Wilmington City Council who are willing to work hard and contribute their time and service to our community — Mike Allbright, Andrea Mitchell-Koster, Kelsey Swindler and Tyler Williams.
Dean Feldmeyer stated that Democrat candidates work for the silent, the afflicted, laborers, working middle class, veterans and those who can’t care for themselves. As a candidate, even when you lose, you win because you have the opportunity to talk about important issues that affect everyday people, but are often ignored by local politicians.
Former Congressman and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland thanked David Raizk for his many years of service and for the many things he did for the local community.
Strickland spoke about the 600-plus peaceful protest marches held worldwide, and he introduced Terri Thobaben, who commented about the greatness of the moment. She said she knew no one when she arrived in Washington, D.C., but she had a busload of friends on the return trip.
Strickland spoke of past presidents — honorable men of both parties who had made good and bad decision — but he said we have never experienced a president who threatens our democracy and who doesn’t know how to act presidential or think through decisions before he acts. He also said we have never had billionaires, who contributed to Trump’s campaign, appointed to run the different agencies of our government, who are anti-public school and anti-climate change.
Ann Reno thanked the 80-plus guests for attending the event.