December 31, 2021
From Chairwoman Shontel Brown

Greetings and Happy New Year to each of you. 

As 2022 approaches, I am ringing in the New Year with hope and attention in making an impact on our Party, County, State and Nation. As a Party, we continue to provide information sessions for candidates, those interested in running for Central [Precinct Committee], scheduling and holding City, Ward Leader, Executive and Central Committee leader meetings, endorsement meetings, and raising funds to deliver our winning message and get our endorsed candidates elected. 
We know that elections have consequences and under the leadership of President Biden, there are direct benefits for Cuyahoga County residents. Thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure bill, Cuyahoga County will soon see new projects to repair roads, replace lead pipes, and connect families to high-speed internet. Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport and Burke Lakefront Airport are set to receive more than $11 million and $700,000, respectively, to address improvements to runways, taxiways, terminals, and airport-transit connections. These long-delayed investments in our airports will prepare the way for future economic growth in our region. 
In addition, Ohio is set to receive nearly $1.8 billion next year to repave roads and modernize highways. Funding for updating drinking and wastewater systems is also on the schedule in Cleveland and across Ohio.
These are just a few of the investments and job-creating projects that are part of the Infrastructure and Investment and Jobs Act. I look forward to celebrating these projects as they are completed and bring good-paying jobs to the region and the state.
As we all know all too well, this year has been challenging: COVID-19 and the pandemic show both our resilience, and our need to be flexible and nimble to keep moving forward. Our Party is committed to keeping our members safe and to that end, we have moved our in-person, Democratic Executive Committee Endorsements to virtually, via Zoom, on the evening of January 26, 2022. Official notices and a Zoom link will be sent to Executive Committee members who have paid their dues. Final dues payment needs to be made and received prior to the start of the meeting.

Appointments to the Executive Committee [a one-year term] will be mailed shortly. Prior to the Endorsement Meeting, our City and Ward Leaders will make a recommendation for endorsement on January 22, 2022. The Endorsement meeting, to be held January 26, 2022, will focus on Judicial candidates, County Executive and County Council races. State House endorsements will be scheduled after the Ohio Supreme Court decision on redistricting map challenges.
 
Remembering Those We Lost in 2021

We join with families across Cuyahoga County who mourn the loss of their loved ones this past year, especially our fellow Democrats. The Honorable Nancy McDonnell, The Honorable Joseph Russo, The Honorable Larry Jones, Larry Orlowski, Lil Dufala, Lois Zolar, Mansfield Frazier, Nancy Lachowski, Miss Alberta Howard and many other Democrats who served their communities, mentored others, supported each of us leaving a legacy of service and commitment that we will feel for decades to come.

Entering the New Year with all of you is humbling. Thank you for the opportunity to serve. Thank you for your commitment to our party and our values. We may not all agree on every issue or decision, but we know that we are stronger together and we are on the right side of the issues. 
We are proud to announce a new contribution effort for the CCDP. We discussed implementing a monthly giving program to help us with operations, candidate assistance, and growing our Party. The new $22 in ’22 is a monthly giving program that keeps your contribution locally here at CCDP. To sign up, click here: https://bit.ly/CCDPMonthlyGiving and select the “Make this Contribution monthly,” select the amount you would like to make. While we suggest $22, any amount is appreciated!
INFORMATION SESSION DATES FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN BECOMING CENTRAL COMMITTEE/PRECINCT COMMITTEE LEADERS
We need all hands on-deck for increasing voter turnout, registering new voters and battling the gerrymandered voter suppression efforts by the Republicans. The CCDP will hold informational sessions for those interested in becoming Central committee members. We will discuss responsibilities, filing requirements and more!

ZOOM MEETING: Registration required

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 12PM-1PM Click here to register: https://bit.ly/CentralInfoNoon

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 6PM-7PM Click here to register: https://bit.ly/CentralInfoEvening

Check your Voter status and party affiliation here https://bit.ly/VoterInfoLink. This information session is only available for potential candidates eligible to run as a Democrat in their precinct. Please confirm your affiliation before signing up. 
 
DETERMINING PARTY AFFILIATION
An elector is considered to be a member of a political party if they voted in that party’s primary election within the preceding two calendar years, or if they did not vote in any other party’s primary election within the preceding two calendar years. Each board of elections must enter voting history and update party affiliation following each primary election. For additional information on determining party affiliation: https://bit.ly/SOSPartyAffiliation 
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 4:00 - 6:00 PM The Bedford/Walton Hills Democratic Party hosting CONGRESSMAN TIM RYAN, Candidate for United States Senator from Ohio
RSVP’s are required for this event. To RSVP, please emailBWHDP.Mizsak@gmail.com
 
Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm, Cuyahoga County women’s Caucus will host a program (via Zoom) featuring U.S. Congresswoman Shontel Brown and Chelsea Clark, candidate for Ohio Secretary of State. https://bit.ly/LookingAhead2022
 
Saturday, January 8th, 2022 Ceremonial Swearing-In, Mayor-Elect, Justin Bibb. You can join the City of Cleveland in welcoming its first new mayor in 16 years. Register here: go.bibbforcle.com/ceremony
 
Friday, January 14, 2022 Noon - 1:30 pm City Club of Cleveland-In-person Forum. Featuring ODP Chairwoman, Liz Walters and Ohio GOP chairman Robert Paduchick. Register here:  
https://bit.ly/Politics2022 [This forum will also have live streaming].
 
Wednesday, January 19, 6:30 pm: “Politics” and Schools with two current members of the Ohio Board of Education, Dr. Christina Collins (District 5) and Meryl Johnson (District 11) Zoom registration: https://bit.ly/PoliticsandSchools