2020 Past Events

Fri., Jan. 10--Deadline to apply for city council vacancy in New Concord. With Jennifer Lyle now transitioning to her mayoral duties, her council seat is vacated. Anyone interested in filling the remainder of this term, ending on Dec. 31, 2021, should submit a letter of interest to Charlotte Colley, village administrator, and deliver it to Village Hall or submit electronically at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Jan. 10. The letter should include information about the applicant, reasons why they would like to serve on Village Council, valid contact information and any other information thought to be helpful in the selection process. All applicants must be residents of the Village of New Concord. Village Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss letters of interest, interview applicants and make a decision on a new council member to fill the remainder of the term.

Wed., Jan. 15, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:00 pm, at Gant house, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville. We will be electing new club officers to serve in 2020. The following positions to be elected (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer). We are in need of a secretary. Please come and bring a friend or neighbor.
We will also have a spokesperson from Elizabeth Warren's Campaign, Jordan Kelley.

Alaina Swope, Democrat Candidate for the Ohio's 97th House district, has her online fundraising link up and running through actblue. If you'd like to contribute, please follow the link, http://secure.actblue.com/donate/swope2020 or simply speak with Alaina or Grant at Wednesday evening's meeting.

Sat., Jan. 18, A. J. Harris Meet and Greet, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Zanesville Civic League, 928 Jackson St., Zanesville. Candidate for Ohio House, 36th District. He grew up in Zanesville. Candidate statement: "I grew up in public housing, witnessed the damage from addiction, and experienced what a good education and a well-paid job could do to lift up families like mine. I've seen and experienced the struggle. That's why I'm standing up and speaking out. Today, as an educator and jobs creator, I know the change Ohio needs." https://www.facebook.com/ajharris740
DONATE HERE or write a check to 'AJ Harris for Ohio' at 828 Sackett Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221.

Sat., Jan. 18, Women's March in Washington, DC. 10:00 am. For more info, CLICK HERE

Sat., Jan. 18, Women's March in Columbus, OH. For more info: CLICK HERE

Mon., Jan. 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund Prayer Breakfast, 9:00 am, at North Terrace Church of Christ, 1420 Brandywine Blvd., Zanesville. More info: Kathy Brantley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 740-844-0203.

Tue., Jan. 21, WDC meeting, 7:00 pm, at Gant house, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville. From President Martha Sullivan: "2020 promises to bring many exciting opportunities and challenges to our Democratic Party and the future of our country. Our role as a grass roots organization is more important than ever! The help and action of all our party’s members will enable us to make a difference by spreading our message and supporting our candidates. Please make an effort to attend our first meeting of this year. This will be an organizational meeting and a time to share your views and ideas of how to proceed in the coming months. Bring your family and friends. All of us working together is our best chance to return Democratic ideals to our government."
Guests:
Josh Weaver, Republican running for Muskingum County Sheriff as an Independent, will be sending a representative to our meeting.
Wesley Frank, Republican running for Muskingum County Commissioner as an Independent.
Alaina Swope, Democrat running for the Ohio House, 97th District against Adam Holmes. To contribute to her campaign: http://secure.actblue.com/donate/swope2020
Alaina Shearer, Democrat running for US House, 12th District against Troy Balderson. To contribute to her campaign: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/alaina-shearer-website

Sun., Jan. 26, Phone banking for Elizabeth Warren. Contact Susan Haas at 740-607-3940 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 1:00 - 4:00 pm, at Primrose Retirement Community, 4212 Northpointe Dr., Pub Room, Zanesville.

Tue., Jan. 28, Zanesville Think Tank on Poverty, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Note correction on venue: Faith UMC, 1616 Blue Ave., Zanesville.

Sun., Feb. 9, Canvassing for Elizabeth Warren's Campaign, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. If you'd like to help out, contact Amy Nern at 740-704-5489 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To sign up online, CLICK HERE Please bring your smartphone and download our canvassing app, MiniVAN, before arriving. We will provide literature and train you to use MiniVAN before we head out. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes! RSVP so we know how many people to expect. All are welcome.

Tue., Feb. 11, Community Forum, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Anchor Church, 1365 Chamberlain St., Zanesville. About returning from prison and re-entry into the community.

Sat., Feb. 15, Zanesville Annual Taste of Color, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at Zanesville Civic Center, 928 Jackson St, Zanesville, $8 at the door. Celebrating Black History Month. Ethnic foods, entertainment, door prizes and awards ceremony. More info: 740-452-7401.

Sun. Feb. 16, St. Paul AME Church Celebrates Black History Month, 3:30 pm, at 561 Pine St., Zanesville. Church dinner at 1:00, $12, call 740-454-9700.

Tue., Feb. 18, Last Day to Register to Vote in the March 3 Primary Election. Office open 8:00 am -9:00 pm on this date at Muskingum County Board of Elections, 627 Market St., Zanesville. Questions?--call 740-455-7120.

Tue., Feb. 18, WDC meeting, 7:00 pm, at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville. Alaina Swope, Candidate for Ohio House, 97th District, will be there. We'll also be discussing plans to fundraisers and rallies, and the proposed budget.

Wed., Feb. 19, Early Voting begins, at Muskingum County Board of Elections, 627 Market St., Zanesville.

Wed., Feb. 19, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:00 pm, at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville. Agenda: Reports--Secretary, Treasurer, Central Committee, ODP. National and local events. Alaina Swope, Candidate for Ohio House, 97th District--campaign update. Raffle winner, scholarship deadline March 15. 2020 fundraisers will be discussed.
Guest speakers: Christian Johnson, Candidate for Ohio Senate 20th District, and Jennifer Bell, Candidate for US Congress 12th District. Fundraiser for Alaina Swope, The Roast of John Furek, Sat., Feb. 29, 7:00 pm, IBEW Hall at 5805 Frazeysburg Rd., Nashport, Ohio. Bill's Barbecue will be catered. More info, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thu., Feb. 20, Movie: The Story of the Strong Women Behind the Black Lives Matter Movement. 7:30 pm on WHIZ-TV, Channel 2 (or 18?)

Sat., Feb. 22, Tour of Putnam's Underground Railway Stops, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Stone Academy Historic Site and Museum, 115 Jefferson St., Zanesville. Bus tour of important Underground Railroad and Abolitionist sites in Zanesville. Adults.

Sun., Feb. 23, Black History Program, 3:00 pm, at St. Paul AME Church, 561 Pine St., Zanesville. Black History Program presentation by Hands of Faith Church Pastor Michael Bullock. Music by ZHS Satin Strings, Laura Gardner, Orchestra Director, and Pastor Philip Tabler and the Faith Choir, Liturgical Dance by the Glory Dancers, Pastor Michael Bullock, and sermonette.

Tue., Feb. 25, Think Tank on Poverty meeting. Location and time to be announced later.

Sat., Feb. 29, Alaina Swope Fundraiser (The Roast of John Furek), 7 pm, at IBEW Hall, 5805 Frazeysburg Rd., Nashport. $20 paid in advance online, or $25 at the door. Alaina is running for the Ohio House in the 97th District. Dinner catered by Al Zakany. Also speaking: Alaina Shearer, running for the US House of Representatives, 12th District (District presently represented by Troy Balderson.) To contribute to Alaina Swope's campaign online: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/swope2020

Tue., Mar. 3, Super Tuesday Primary Election, in Virginia, Vermont, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maine, Colorado, California, Arkansas, and Alabama.

Sat., Mar. 14, Mailed Absentee Ballot Applications must be received by noon for Mar. 17 Primary Election.

Sun., Mar. 15, ODP Legacy State Dinner, CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS--WILL BE POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE--Battelle Grand Ballroom, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus OH. Speaker: Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Other speakers TBA. (All presidential candidates have been invited.) $250. Contact Megan Reenock with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (614) 221-6563. Tickets can be purchased through ActBlue.com Tickets purchased for the Mar. 15 Legacy Dinner will still be honored at the re-scheduled Legacy Dinner.

Tue., Mar. 17, WDC meeting has been moved to Tue., Mar. 24 because of the election.

Tue., Mar. 17, 2020, Partisan Primary Election, 6:30 am - 7:30 pm, for the following local offices: County Commissioner, Coroner, Engineer, Prosecuting Attorney, Record, Sheriff, Clerk of Courts, Republican Central Committee, Democratic Central Committee, and State Representative. Also, Presidential Primary Election.

THE MARCH 17 PRIMARY ELECTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC CONCERNS. IT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JUNE 2. Polls will be closed March 17; there will be no in-person voting. You can still vote by mail. To download an absentee ballot application, CLICK HERE and click on "Download Absentee Ballot Request." This will give you a form you can print out, fill in, and mail to the Board of Elections to request an absentee ballot mailed to you.

Wed., Mar. 18, Muskingum Democrats meeting, has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. 7 pm, at Gant house, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville. There will be an April meeting, though.

Tue., Mar. 24, WDC meeting, has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, 7 pm, at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville. We will be having an April meeting, where we discuss upcoming fundraisers and the election.

Fri., Mar. 27, noon, Telephone Town Hall meeting with ODP's Chairman, David Pepper, and Democratic leaders from the Ohio House and Senate. ODP is hosting a telephone town hall this Friday at noon with Chairman David Pepper and Democratic leaders from the Ohio House and Senate. The Ohio Democratic Party is hosting this important telephone town hall to discuss how we're continuing this fight and how YOU can join the team that is turning Ohio blue this year. They will provide 1) a brief update on the status of our lawsuit and the primary election date, 2) a brief overview of legislation introduced by Democrats related to COVID-19 and the economic crisis, and 3) specific actions people can take digitally to stay involved.
To RSVP for the call click here: https://go.ohiodems.org/pages/s/rsvp-to-odp-tele-town-hall

Thu., Apr. 9, Alaina Swope Virtual Rally, 6:30 -7:30 pm. More info, https://www.facebook.com/events/1110528745963128/
Alaina is running for Representative in the Ohio House, 97th District.
For more info on her campaign, https://www.facebook.com/Swope2020/

Monday, April 13 -- Telephone Town Hall, hosted by Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Sykes and other elected officials are hosting a telephone town hall on Monday, April 13, to discuss the coronavirus crisis. Click here to RSVP.

Wed., Apr. 15, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:00 pm. A reminder, 2020 dues of $25 are due now. (This meeting will be a CONFERENCE CALL rather than meeting in person at Gant House, due to coronavirus concerns.) Agenda: reports from Secretary, Treasurer, and Central Committee. Unfinished Business: Carr Cake Center auction, where the club will have an entry, has been changed from April 2-24 to September 23-24. Members are encouraged to donate incentives to our cake. New Business: gotomeeting subscription for conference call service, club membership update, Absentee Voting, and Alaina Swope campaign update.

To Join this Conference Call:
A little before 7:00 pm, dial 872-240-3412 on your phone.
(Use a cell phone to avoid landline long distance costs.)
When prompted, enter the access code: 115-604-189, followed by the # sign.
Then you'll be connected to the conference call.
(You won't need to enter anything else, like * for "if you're the organizer.")

Tue., Apr. 21, WDC meeting, 7:00 pm. We will be discussing upcoming fund raisers and the November election. (This meeting will be a CONFERENCE CALL rather than meeting in person at Gant House, due to coronavirus concerns.)

To Join this Conference Call:
A little before 7:00 pm, dial 872-240-3412 on your phone.
(Use a cell phone to avoid landline long distance costs.)
When prompted, enter the access code: 115-604-189, followed by the # sign.
Then you'll be connected to the conference call.
(You won't need to enter anything else, like * for "if you're the organizer.")

Agenda:

Discussion of how to proceed with fundraising, voter registration, voter outreach and campaign support during the coronavirus pandemic. Some of our traditional means won’t be possible during a period of social distancing. Our club participation in the National Road Garage Sale has been cancelled. The Memorial Band concerts, where we sold refreshments, have been cancelled as well. Alternatives: 50/50 drawing? Monetary contributions by club members and others?

Update on County Club Scholarship Fund, and Board of Elections news—Bobbie Durfee

Paying for gotomeeting teleconference services.

Campaign updates:

  • Alaina Swope, candidate for State Representative 97th District
  • Alaina Shearer, candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 12th District
  • Charlotte Owens, candidate for State Representative 78th District
  • Judge Jennifer Brunner, candidate for Ohio Supreme Court
  • Judge John O’Donnell, candidate for Ohio Supreme Court
  • Joe Biden, candidate for U.S. President

Tue., April 28, PRIMARY ELECTION. There will be no in-person voting. It's not too late to vote in the primary election. If you want to vote in the primary that was originally scheduled for March 17, you can still mail in an application to vote absentee by mail. A paper ballot will be sent to you after your application is received. Call the Board of Elections if you have any questions, 740-455-7120. The form to request an absentee ballot by mail: https://www.muskingumcountyoh.gov/Agencies/Board-Of-Elections/ and click on Absentee Ballot Links--scroll down to "Download Absentee Ballot Request." Print it, fill it out, and mail it back to the Board of Elections. To make sure your absentee ballot is counted, it must be received by your board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day OR be postmarked by the day before Election Day.

Tue., April 28, NAACP Virtual Town Hall Conference Call on COVID-19 Pandemic, Part 4, 8 pm, Participant Dial-in: 866-757-0756. To RSVP: www.NAACP.org (This link will also take you to links to hear recordings of the first three virtual town hall meetings on the pandemic.)
Speakers:

  • April Ryan, White House Correspondent--Acting as Moderator
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Senator from Minnesota
  • Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta, GA
  • Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan
  • Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York

Tue., May 19, WDC meeting, 7:00 pm. On the agenda: fundraising options.

(This meeting will be a CONFERENCE CALL rather than meeting in person at Gant House, due to coronavirus concerns.)

To Join this Conference Call:
A little before 7:00 pm, dial 872-240-3412 on your phone.
(Use a cell phone to avoid landline long distance costs.)
When prompted, enter the access code: 115-604-189, followed by the # sign.
Then you'll be connected to the conference call.
(You won't need to enter anything else, like * for "if you're the organizer.")

Wed., May 20, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:00 pm. On the agenda: joint fundraiser with the WDC, primary election recap, club endorsements for the November election, Alaina Swope on state issues and her campaign.

(This meeting will be a CONFERENCE CALL rather than meeting in person at Gant House, due to coronavirus concerns.)

To Join this Conference Call:
A little before 7:00 pm, dial 872-240-3412 on your phone.
(Use a cell phone to avoid landline long distance costs.)
When prompted, enter the access code: 115-604-189, followed by the # sign.
Then you'll be connected to the conference call.
(You won't need to enter anything else, like * for "if you're the organizer.")

Thu., May 21, Central Committee Meeting, 5:30 pm, via Zoom conference call.

Sat., May 30, Federated Democratic Women of Ohio Convention, Hartsville, CANCELLED due to coronavirus. If it is re-scheduled, I will announce it on this site.

Tue., June 9, Patty Volland, long-time county club member, passed away of cancer. She and Gretchen Fathauer worked on Linda Regula's campaign for County Commissioner in 2014. She wrote and photographed for the Zanesville TimesRecorder in the past, was a passionate advocate for animal welfare, and had many other interests. Funeral will be private--family only. Donations in Patty's memory can be made to: Muskingum County Animal Shelter, 1430 Newark Rd., Zanesville, OH 43701. In memo line, write in memory of Patty Volland.

Sat., June 13, Linda Regula, Democratic candidate for Muskingum County Commissioner in 2014, leader in the local arts community and involved in the You Will Rise anti-bullying project, and author of many novels, passed away following a heart attack. There is no public funeral. A public memorial service will be announced later. Donations in Linda's memory to the You Will Rise Project can be made by check to: Fractured Atlas. In memo line, write You Will Rise Project. Mail to: Fractured Atlas, 248 West 35th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10001. For more info on this project: https://youwillriseproject.com/

Tue., Jun. 16, WDC meeting, 7:00 pm. Agenda: planning the joint fundraiser with the county club. Members are encouraged to give Martha Sullivan more names and addresses of potential donors; send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We will discuss making donations in memory of Patty Volland and Linda Regula. We may also send something to Connie Norman, who is currently in the hospital.

(This meeting will be a CONFERENCE CALL rather than meeting in person at Gant House, due to coronavirus concerns.)

To Join this Conference Call:
A little before 7:00 pm, dial 872-240-3412 on your phone.
(Use a cell phone to avoid landline long distance costs.)
When prompted, enter the access code: 115-604-189, followed by the # sign.
Then you'll be connected to the conference call.
(You won't need to enter anything else, like * for "if you're the organizer.")

Wed., June. 17, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:00 pm. Agenda: Donating to the Animal Shelter in memory of Patty Volland and to the You Will Rise Project in memory of Linda Regula. Central Committee Report (Bob Pletcher). Joint fundraiser with the WDC discussion. Bobbie Durfee on scholarship winner. Farmer's Market in Fairgrounds/Downtown, Fair booth, Staffing the fair booth, Discussion of protests/supporting their initiatives, and Alaina Swope campaign update.

(This meeting will be a CONFERENCE CALL rather than meeting in person at Gant House, due to coronavirus concerns.)

To Join this Conference Call:
A little before 7:00 pm, dial 872-240-3412 on your phone.
(Use a cell phone to avoid landline long distance costs.)
When prompted, enter the access code: 115-604-189, followed by the # sign.
Then you'll be connected to the conference call.
(You won't need to enter anything else, like * for "if you're the organizer.")

Connie Norman is at Genesis Hospital following a stroke; Grant said she’s doing well now. She’s in Room 3204. Cards or flowers could go to her there, or to her home at 830 Prospect Ave., Zanesville, OH 43701.

Sat., June 20, Charlotte Owens Virtual Picnic, 3:30 pm. Charlotte is running for the Ohio House, District 78 (Clay and Newton Townships, and S. Zanesville.) Q & A. Link to register for video conference: https://www.facebook.com/events/716136005849002/
Telephone conference access for sound only:
Dial in 312-626-6799
Meeting ID 850 3999-5136
Password 938584.


Past Events from ODP in Ohio: (Some of these events were cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.)


ODP Democratic Unity Squad -- attend a virtual training online
It's a great opportunity to support the cause from home.


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