Belmont County Democrats met to plan strategies for the primary and general elections this year.
Their March regular party meeting also provided a forum for a “meet and greet” stop by Secretary of State hopeful Kathleen Clyde.
Running unopposed for the party nomination, Clyde stopped by to speak to Democrat party faithful, and secure support for the fall election. She talked of the importance of this statewide office.
“The Secretary of State is the chief elections official, and we are I say the most important battleground in the country,” Clyde said. “And I want to do everything I can to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. And that we do everything we can to increase our turnout — whether you’re Republican, Democrat, or independent,” she continued.
Clyde currently represents the 75th Ohio House District, which includes the central and southern parts of Portage County.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English, and a law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law.
Clyde also did not hold back her pride in the Ohio Democrat Party when given a chance to speak.
She told the crowd she could not wait to cast her mock election ballot in kindergarten. That ballot ended up the only vote in her class for the Mondale Ferraro ticket, she explained to the delight of party faithful.
Ohio State Senator Frank LaRose will likely face off as the Republican candidate against Clyde. LaRose cannot make another Senate run due to term limits.