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Every race is important this year, especially our Judicial races. We need to keep people who espouse the values of Donald Trump out of our court system!

Therefore, we wanted to be extra sure you saw this. It's important we get it in front of every good Democrat. We hope you'll print it out and take it with you to the pollsshare it with friends and family, and even post it on your Facebook page!

Sample Ballot

Thanks for helping us get the word out! 

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If he only had a brain...

Ahh, yard signs. They bring out the best and worst in people... but now they are also inspiring some seriously fabulous works of art.

We just got these pictures from a Hillary Clinton supporter in the Northern part of Summit County. Fed up after having her signs stolen by neighbors, she decided to erect a scarecrow to keep them out of her yard instead.

I don't think Oz could save this one, though...




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Want to Meet Hillary on October 3?

On Monday, October 3, Hillary Clinton will campaign in Ohio!  Hillary will lay out her plans to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. She will also urge Ohioans to register to vote and get ready to vote early.

Clinton's visit will be nearly one week prior to Ohio's voter registration deadline,October 11, and the start of early voting, October 12. Millions of Americans will vote in this year's election -- and more people are expected to vote early than ever before. Don't forget: you can get information about registering and check your registration status at iwillvote.com

Here are the details for the event in Akron -- we hope to see you there! 
  • Doors open: 3:45 PM EDT
  • Where: Goodyear Hall and Theater, 1201 E Market St., Akron, OH 44305
  • RSVP Here!
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Join the team and help us make history right here at home!


Campaign season is in full swing, and many of you have been reaching out for information on how you can get a piece of the action! The Hillary for America and Summit County Coordinated Campaign is always looking for volunteers.

If you're interested in lending a hand, please stop by HFA headquarters at 1706 West Market Street in Akron to sign up! 

We can't wait to see you!

Pete Nischt
Executive Director
Summit County Democratic Party

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17th Annual FDR Award Winners Announced!!

Pete Nischt, Executive Director
Summit County Democratic Party 
(330) 608-5358 


For Immediate Release

May 17, 2016 – Akron, Ohio - The Summit County Democratic Party has officially announced award recipients for its 17th Annual FDR Dinner, which will feature keynote speakers County Executive Russ Pry, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, and Congressman Tim Ryan on Thursday, May 19th, at The Tangier in Akron.

Award Recipients are as follows:

Akron Mayor Daniel M. Horrigan, recipient of the Al Teodosio Democrat of the Year Award
Summit County Domestic Relations Court Judge Carol Dezso, recipient of the Jane Quine Democrat of the Year Award
Sarah Rubens, recipient of the Chair’s Distinguished Service Award
Anthony Gomez, recipient of the Chair’s Distinguished Service Award
Bailey Sandin, recipient of the Summit County Young Democrat of the Year Award
Judge James R. Williams, recipient of the Madeline Bozzelli Democrat Lifetime Achievement Award

The Democratic Party will also be creating a new award this year, The Labor Leader of the Year Award, which will be awarded posthumously to the late labor leader and community activist, John Wagner.

“At a time when everything from voting rights, to the right to organize, to the right of women to make their own healthcare decisions is under attack, now more than ever, it is important for us to recognize those who embody the spirit of progressivism by fighting to preserve and protect Democratic values in our communities,” said Summit County Democratic Chair Jeff Fusco. “I am especially proud of our FDR award recipients this year. They are a shining example of everything we stand for and hope to achieve, and I am excited to celebrate their achievements with them this Thursday.”

Tickets to the FDR Dinner may be purchased online at www.SummitDems.org, by mail, or in person. For more information, interested parties may call 330-608-5358.


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17th Annual FDR Dinner Featuring County Executive Russ Pry, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, and Congressman Tim Ryan

We've got some amazing and important events coming up that we wanted to make sure you heard about!

For a New Deal

The 17th Annual FDR Dinner featuring Russ Pry, Marcia Fudge, and Tim Ryan is fast approaching!

The dinner will take place on Thursday, May 19th, at The Tangier in Akron. The Tangier is located at 532 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44303. A VIP reception will be from 4:30 - 6:00 PM and the dinner program will start at 6:00 PM. You may purchase tickets online HERE or by making checks payable to the "Summit County Democratic Party" and sending them to 438 Grant Street, Akron, OH 44311. Please be sure to put "FDR" in the memo line if sending a check! If you have any questions, please call 330-608-5358 or email Pete@SummitDems.org.

Also coming up...

Also coming up this spring are a whole host of events to support Democratic Candidates and Organizations! Be sure to check out The Summit County Progressive Democrats Annual Fundraiser featuring Cecile Richards (this Thursday), The Tri-County Regional Labor Council Community Awards Banquet featuring Russ Pry (next Thursday), and fundraisers to support all of our other amazing Democratic Candidates! For a full list of events coming up this year, please head on over to our calendar at www.SummitDems.org/Calendar!!!

Thanks for all you do to keep Summit County Blue!


Jeff Fusco
Summit County Democratic Party

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Onward into 2016!


Fellow Democrats,

I wanted to take an opportunity to thank and congratulate each of you for an amazing 2015 here in Summit County.

Together, you fought hard and laid some amazing groundwork for 2016. You defeated a Republican attempt to gerrymander our County Council districts, you came together with us to fund a county-wide sample ballot program, and you made it possible for our Party to contribute meaningfully to some of our most important races.

Congratulations, especially, go out to Akron's new Mayor, Daniel M. Horrigan, the Akron Municipal Court's new Judge, Jon Oldham, the Stow Municipal Court's new Clerk, Diana Colavecchio, and all of the other great Democrats who fought hard for the privilege of serving our communities with integrity and Democratic values.

We also owe much thanks to the amazing team of officers, interns, and volunteers here at the Summit County Democratic Party who continued working hard to put this organization on a stronger footing in my absence. Special thanks go out to Sandra Kurt, Chris Grimm, Russ Balthis, Bill Rich, and Pete Nischt for their dedication to that cause. I especially appreciate all of the hard work that Sandra Kurt dedicated to our Party as Acting Chair. "Thanks, Sandra!"

Democrats all over Summit County rose to new and unexpected challenges last year, and we accomplished some amazing things together. I am thrilled about the opportunity to continue our good work in 2016, and I can't wait to put another Democrat in the White House.






Jeff Fusco
Summit County Democratic Party
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Thank you for 2015!

2015 was a great year for the Summit County Democratic Party! We bounced back from some rough losses in 2014 to strengthen our Party and take some key offices away from the Republicans, most notably the Akron Municipal Judgeship now held by Jon Oldham and the Stow Clerk of Courts, taken back by Diana Colavecchio. We also stopped dead in its tracks the Republican scheme to gerrymander County Council districts and take away minority representation. Thank you for YOUR help in our successes!
We started out 2015 with a listening tour through the County, learning where we can improve. As a result of those conversations, we held a PC Training Day at the end of May, which had great participation and where you told us you appreciated learning the tools that would help you help our candidates to be successful.
In July, we brought back the Summit County Democratic Party Family Day. The weather was perfect and the food was delicious, but the camaraderie and fellowship was what made it really stand out. We loved having Congressman Tim Ryan attend with his wife and adorable little son!
Our fundraisers throughout the year not only gave us opportunities to enjoy each other's company, but they gave us the resources necessary to win. Our Valentine's Day party, Mayor's Gala, Blue Cocktail Hour, Holiday Party, and especially the 16th Annual FDR Dinner with special guest Congressman Joaquin Castro were successful, thanks to you. The FDR Dinner is always a great chance to share our pride by recognizing our outstanding Democrats and this year was no exception.
The excellent turnout at the FDR Dinner gave us critical funds to help achieve our victories. The proceeds allowed us to mail the Democratic sample ballot to Democratic households, something we weren't able to do in 2014, giving our candidates across the County an extra "touch" to solid Democratic voters. The FDR Dinner also gave us the funds necessary to help Jon Oldham and Diana Colavecchio with additional resources right before Election Day, giving them that final push over the finish line to victory. Without everyone's support of the FDR Dinner, we probably would not be celebrating the victories we have.
We are excited to go into 2016 stronger than we were a year ago, better prepared to be a critical factor when Ohio again takes our Democratic Presidential nominee over the victory line to keep the White House! We look forward to working with you to make Summit County the key to Democratic wins all the way up and down the ticket!
Have a safe, joyous, and fun-filled holiday season with your loved ones!
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Two Great Chances to Catch the Next Presidential Debate!

First of all, we'd like to send a special thank you to all who were able to attend our Annual Holiday Party. The Holidays have a unique and special way of bringing people together who normally don't get the chance to see each other, and our Holiday Party is no exception to this!

Secondly, we wanted to let you know about two great chances to check out the next Democratic Presidential Debate on Saturday, December 19th.

In Akron, you and fellow Democrats can join the Ohio Democratic Party's watch party at Aqueduct Brewing, starting at 7:30!

You can also join fellow Democrats, along with the Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus, in Medina at 8:30.

Both opportunities sound amazing! 

We look forward to seeing you there!

- Pete

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Join us this Friday for our Annual Holiday Celebration!

Come one, come all! The Summit County Democratic Party's Annual Holiday Celebration is fast approaching! Join us this Friday, December 4th, at 4:30 PM at the Tangier in Akron to take part in the festivities! We certainly have a lot to celebrate this season!

Appetizers and drinks will be served!

Donation levels are as follows:

$25 - Young Dems, PCs, and Seniors
$50 - Snowflake
$100 - Snowball
$500 - Snowdrift
$1,000 - Blizzard

You can RSVP and donate in advance at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/summitcountydems!

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