Each day, I continue to learn more and more about the candidates in the Toledo area. Today, Yvonne Harper, the councilwoman from District 4, stopped in the office today. For most locally elected Democratic government officials, the Lucas County Democratic Party is almost a campaign HQ where they can receive advice and resources (since they legally cannot do campaign work out of their government office).
The reason Councilwoman Harper was here today was that there was a particularly disruptive candidate for City Council. Yesterday, Yvonne Harper and Tyrone Riley hosted a candidate forum for City Council candidates (including themselves). Also, that same morning, news came out from The Blade with this disruptive candidate for City Council as the subject of the article: Tina Scott.
There are a few controversial things Ms. Scott said that has disrupted the election. First, she posted on Facebook that she would need a bodyguard when she will go to campaign at Start High School. Many accused her of being racially insensitive and of enforcing the stereotype that people in that area, even children, are particularly dangerous. She does have a chance against Councilman Riley, but he is an incumbent and likely to win.
Also, today was the Blue Cocktail event that I have anticipated since I started working here. A few hours before the event, the interns, the office manager, Angela, and I went to set up at Caper’s Pizza Bar. The event featured local, state, and federal politicians including Congresswoman Kaptur, Congresswoman Pepper, ODP Chair David Pepper, every city councilperson, etc. This was a great chance for me and the other interns to learn more about how we can flip Ohio blue by the next election. What was mainly emphasized was the fact that we are filling the Ohio Supreme Court with blue judges, allowing us to end gerrymandering in the state (eventually leading to more Democrats winning Congressional elections). It was also a great time to speak with candidates and officials one-on-one to learn more about them and their goals.
Additionally, an intern and I helped the Chairman, Kurt Young, create a video commemorating Labor Day since we won’t be in the office on Monday. We went to the first neighborhood ever established in Toledo, which is also the location of the grounds of a former factory were a deadly protest took place in the 30s (which initiated a chain of events resulting in the ratification of pro-labor legislation). While Republicans have the Koch Brothers, Democrats have Labor Unions. This partnership is essential to the success of both laborers and the Democratic Party.