Wednesday, December 07, 2005
And then there were 8
Eight officially throw their hat in the ring for the ODP chair. From today's Hannah Report (sub. req.):
The Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) announced Tuesday that eight candidates have filed letters of intent to become the next state party chairman, replacing outgoing Chairman Denny White.We continue to believe that this abundance of candidates is a great thing that will allow a number of strategies to be weighed, and this might not be the end of the candidates. The party's state executive committee is suppose to tap a new chairperson Dec. 19, but last-minute candidates have until 5 PM on the Dec. 18 to submit letters of intent.
They are: Bill DeMora, Ohio League of Conservation Voters executive director and a former state political director for the party; former U.S. Rep. Dennis Eckart; Erie County Democratic Party Chairman David Giese; Athens County Democratic Party Chairwoman Susan Gwinn; Montgomery County Democratic Party Chairman Dennis Lieberman; Jane Mitakides, a Dayton-area businesswoman and former congressional candidate; Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune; and House Minority Leader Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island).