Michael D. Pitman, Staff Writer.
The Butler County Democratic Party has officially endorsed four local candidates for office, but says it will support other candidates “behind the scenes.”
The party on Thursday announced its endorsements for local offices.
The party endorsed:
- attorney Elizabeth Yauch, who is seeking election to the Middletown Municipal judge seat
- Edna Southard, who is seeking re-election to Oxford City Council
- Jacob Bruggeman, who is seeking a seat on Oxford City Council
- Sha’quila Mathews, who is seeking election to the Hamilton City Council
Yauch and Mathews attended Thursday’s meeting.
Yauch, who is facing four Republicans seeking to succeed the late Middletown Municipal Judge Mark Wall, said this election “is a turning point in our county.”
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“I’m very proud to be a Democrat,” she said. “I believe in what our platform is, I believe that we have the power to bring the county, and the city of Middletown, city of Trenton, (and) Madison and Lemon townships back to a place they need to be.”
Mathews, who’s better known as Pastor Shaq, thought about in January and wasn’t certain if it’s something she had the time for since she was a mother of two boys and pastor of a new church in Hamilton.
“I began to say, ‘Instead of rumbling and complaining about it,’ and instead of having Facebook wars with people about their issues, I said, ‘You know what, I am. I’m going to run for Hamilton City Council,’” she said. “I want to do the things necessary to be able to be the change I want to see in my community, and also (be a part of) the progress.”
Also, there are other candidates that have sought the party’s assistance, but “would like their endorsement to remain private,” said Butler County Democratic Party Central Committee Chair Kathy Wyenandt.
“This is a non-partisan year,” she said. “We have additional candidates who have interviewed for screening and endorsement and we have selected a few other folks that we choose to support behind the scenes.”
The party on Thursday also announced its endorsements of the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act, if it is certified after supporters collect enough signatures.
The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act is designed to keep state agencies from buying drugs at prices higher than what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays.
In order for it to be on the ballot, the imitative will need 305, 591 valid signatures. However, Butler County Democratic Party Executive Chair Jocelyn Bucaro said more than 500,000 signatures will likely be needed to ensure the minimum number of valid signatures are obtained.