Welcome to Dems Discuss!

Dems Discuss is an opportunity for you to hear from local elected Democrats! Regularly, we will sit down with local officials and interview them about their jobs and what they hope to achieve in their elected roles.

Dems Discuss: Christine Knisely

Christine Knisely Athens City Council President Everyone meet City Council President Christine Knisely! Serving as the President of Athens City Council, Christine Knisely has been an instrumental part of the Athens community and has been very active in her work on and off of council. Christine came to Athens to work at Ohio University and […]

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Get Out the Vote Athens County!

We need your help to Get Out the Vote! Join us at our our Nelsonville office at 39 W. Columbus Street. Or, join us at the Athens office at 74. E. State Street. We have volunteer shifts available Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Help us make phone calls and knock on doors! Call Landen Lama at […]

Local Athens Women Speak for Cordray and Dettelbach!

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Democrat of the Month – June

Patrice Beard is Democrat that lives in The Plains in The Plains 2 precinct. She has been involved with the Democratic Party since 2000. It was in this year that she recalls her first election, Gore vs. Bush, when each candidate was at the center of legal action involving hanging chads in Florida. For Patrice, this […]

Athens Dems Serving the Public – June

  On Tuesday, June 6, the Athens County Democratic Central Committee decided to appoint Ric Wasserman to serve out the rest of the term as Athens County Treasurer. Wasserman will be succeeding Bill Bias, who served in the position for five years. He will run for the position in the November midterm election. Wasserman is a […]

Clinton will deliver results that make a positive difference

To the Editor: After more than two years and spending more than $7 million in taxpayer dollars, the final report by the House Benghazi Committee Republicans confirms what we’ve known all along. Despite being tasked with the serious and somber duty of looking into the deaths of four brave Americans in Libya, the committee sadly proved […]

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Thank you for visiting the new Athens County Democratic Party Website! We hope you are able to find what you need. Stay tuned for more changes including an online donation button and more blog posts.

Straw poll yields winners: Clinton, Strickland, Smith

Hillary Clinton, Ted Strickland and Eddie Smith got wins Saturday morning in the first Athens County Democratic Party straw poll conducted since 2012. The straw poll breakfast mostly has taken place during U.S. presidential election years, and party Chair John Haseley said that he plans to make it a more regular occurrence, though probably not […]

Democratic Primary for state rep: Eddie Smith

Eddie Smith wants to work for a sustainable 94th Ohio House district, but he is quick to clarify that this doesn’t just mean green jobs and green energy, though it does mean that, too. “Sustainability is not just about environmental protection, although that is a fundamental component of it,” Smith said during an interview at […]

Democratic Primary for state rep: Sarah Grace

Sarah Grace wants to fight for well-paying jobs and working families in Ohio’s 94th House District, and she wants to help generate an environment in the state for opportunities to be leveled. “My desire is to try to help opportunities be equal, whether it’s educational opportunities, job opportunities, protections, equal pay for women, equal opportunities […]

No contested elections for Athens County officials in 2016

With less than two months to go before the 2016 primary election, Athens voters will have few contested races on their ballot on March 15. However, both races for Ohio state legislators appear to be heating up in the cold weather. State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, will be finishing his first full four-year term representing […]

Your new Athens City Council members: Pat McGee, Jennifer Cochran and Peter Kotses

When independent candidate Pat McGee found out Tuesday night he had won an at-large seat on Athens City Council, he was playing concertina with his Celtic band at Jackie O’s on Union Street. McGee, who received 1,518 votes, or 23 percent of the total vote, is the first independent councilman in decades. “I would almost […]

John Haseley voted in as Athens County Democratic Party chair

Athens County Democratic Party Central Committee members selected Assistant Prosecutor and former Gov. Ted Strickland’s former chief of staff John Haseley as chair in a meeting Tuesday evening. Haseley won in in a 40-4 vote against fellow party member Vicky Mattson. Haseley was nominated by Athens County Commissioner Charlie Adkins. In a speech to the […]

Athens’ new Democratic chair hopes to inspire student engagement

John Haseley, the newly appointed Athens County Democratic Party Chair, still has Pete Lalich’s phone number memorized. “I called him so many times when I was in college here (at Ohio University),” he said. Lalich, the party chair from 1980 to 1994, was the primary reason Haseley got into politics. “I came to OU thinking […]

Assistant county prosecutor elected as new Athens County Democratic chair

With a mere eight weeks left until the Nov. 3 elections, the Athens County Democratic Party is undergoing a leadership change. Members of the county’s Democratic Central and Executive committees met Tuesday night to nominate and elect John Haseley, the 52-year-old assistant county prosecutor, as the new party chair. “I’m anxious to get started,” he […]