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 committee prior to the vote, Haseley told party members that his goals are to support what he called a strong group of current Democratic officeholders in their bids for re-election.

He also said he’d like to enlist the help of party members with various areas of expertise to help the party continue to thrive.

Haseley pointed to big races in 2016, including those for the U.S. Presidency, Strickland’s bid for U.S. Senate, the election for Ohio’s 94th state house district, currently held by term-limited state Rep. Debbie Phillips, of Albany, and the re-election of state Sen. Lou Gentile.

Haseley grew up in Athens and graduated from Alexander High School. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Ohio University and his law degree from George Washington University.

Haseley has served in the Washington office of former Gov. Dick Celeste, as an assistant to former U.S. Senator John Glenn, and as former Gov. Ted Strickland’s chief of staff both when he was a U.S. Congressman and in the governor’s office. He also played managerial and advisory roles in Strickland’s campaigns for governor. Haseley now works as a consultant as well as in the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office.

Full coverage of Haseley’s new chairmanship will appear in The Athens NEWS‘ Thursday edition.