The Knox County Democratic Party is pleased to share this PDF flyer listing resources “for the long haul” during the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll find links to COVID-19 guidelines, financial assistance, food assistance, and the 2-1-1 service, among others. Download a copy and share with friends, family, neighbors and work colleagues. Thanks to “Five Knox Women Democrats with an Idea” for this handy resource.
Democrats: It’s time — well past time — to step up.
Who can take one more day of listening to Donald Trump calling on the angry angels of our nature? Who can take one more day of knowing that nurses and doctors and those working in the public don’t have the equipment they need to deal with COVID-19? The longer the delays we have in testing and prevention, the longer we will be in crisis. The longer we debate what our response should be, the longer we have to stay inside, separated. And the longer the world despairs.
If ever there were a time made for us to show who we are, it is now.
Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders. Stand up.
Here’s one idea. It’s a simple one and admittedly old-school: Host a telethon to raise money to buy masks and ventilators and test swabs. Hold it during Donald Trump’s press conference. Use the time to get out the facts about the coronavirus. Hell, invite celebrities. I would donate. Broadcast every day at 6pm. You can do this.
(I’m sure there are other ideas out there. I invite them.)
Inspire us. History is rich with circumstances in which we overcame adversity. Tell us those stories. Give us hope. Words matter. Dig deep into your hearts and tell us what matters in this life.
Work together and lift us up. Yes, we have to do our parts. But you need to remember that America’s best days — and by this I mean, its most selfless and generous days — were inspired by great leaders: Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, King.
You may be speaking now but we’re not hearing you. You must do something radically different, radically kind, to break out from the din.
We are not helpless. I know this is true. But we are flailing around, grasping for direction to come from someone who can speak to our goodness. Someone who can bring us together when we are literally separated. Someone who can say, “Let’s go.”
Originally posted on Medium.
Since 11:59 last night, Ohio has been under a stay-at-home directive. Only essential businesses are permitted to operate. But what is an “essential” business? In the last 24 hours, I’ve learned that Pak Mail on Coshocton Ave., Hillside Veterinary Clinic, assorted restaurants and drive-throughs, albeit some with curbside service, are still open. Call ahead to see if your destination is open. Remember: Only go out if you absolutely need to and be sure to stick to social distancing guidelines.
Click on this link to download the order and list of industries and businesses that may still operate. https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/s…/DirectorsOrderStayAtHome.pdf
Scroll down on page for contact numbers: http://www.interchurchknox.org/index.php/services
In the coming days and weeks, KCDP will do its best to share the resources and info you need to get through the coronavirus crisis. We will share them here and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KnoxCoDems/
Today, we are sharing Knox County’s primary contact for those who are concerned about their health or those of their loved ones, Knox County Health. Knox Public Health and Knox Community Hospital are joining forces to open a call-line for local residents to talk directly with a medical professional about their symptoms and concerns. The call-line number is 740-399-8014. The call-line is operational from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Direct link to Knox County Health Dept.https://www.knoxhealth.com/
Many of the resources we cite here are found on the Pathways of Central Ohio 211 site, which provides nearly every resource you could need (thanks, Kristin Asmus McCloud!). Check them out here: https://pathwaysofcentralohio.com/2-1-1-crisis-hotline-inf…/
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party today filed a writ of prohibition with the Ohio Supreme Court to ensure the primary election will take place and protect Ohioans’ right to vote, after polling places were barred from opening by the state Department of Health.
“This primary election must move forward,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Earlier today we said that we would litigate to defend voters’ right to fully participate in the state’s Democratic primary election, and in the absence of action by the General Assembly and with other actors moving to shut down the primary, we have filed with the Ohio Supreme Court to ensure that all eligible Ohio voters are able to exercise their right to vote in this primary.
“Yesterday’s actions did not create unchecked authority with the governor or secretary of state to run a new election. So authority for a new election must come from the legislature or from a court. Today’s action seeks that court order, preserving the primary while also proposing a more workable window for the election to take place, along with multiple opportunities and a reasonable amount of time for voters to vote.
“We hope the court, governor, secretary of state, legislative leaders and other parties see the necessity of this order to preserve the right to vote and complete a fair and timely election in Ohio.”
Click here to view the Ohio Democratic Party’s complaint in original action for writ of prohibition:
While big primary contests have yet to happen, early voting starts in Ohio tomorrow. Don’t wait until primary election day (March 17, by the way) to vote. Download and print this flyer from the Knox County Board of Elections that lists the times available for voting in person and information about absentee voting. Ask for a Democratic ballot and vote:
- Your choice of Democratic nominee for President
- Representative to Congress (7th District): Write-in Quentin Potter (you must fill in the oval and write in “Quentin Potter” — see illustration)
- Justice of the Supreme Court: John P. O’Donnell
- Justice of the Supreme Court: Jennifer Brunner
- Judge of the Court of Appeals (5th District): William B. Hoffman
- State Representative (68th District): Steven F. Mount
ALERT: PURGING OF VOTERS
Even though it is your right to decide when you want to vote, more than 1.7 million Ohio voters were removed from voter registration files by local county boards of elections because of inactivity. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted purged voters because they chose not to vote. Were you one of the 1.7 million purged?
If you arrive at your polling place and cannot be found in the poll book, thanks to an ACLU of Ohio court victory, you may cast a provisional ballot. Respectfully, but firmly, insist on your right to a provisional ballot. If any problems should arise, call Knox County BOE at 740-393-6716 immediately.
A last-minute reminder to Knox County residents that Tuesday, February 18, is that last day to complete your voter registration before the March 17 primary election. For more information, please visit the Knox County Board of Elections. You must be registered in order to vote!
Steve Mount is the Democratic candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives from the 68th District (eastern Delaware County and Knox County), running unopposed in this March’s primary. He has been active in Democratic politics for decades, in New York, campaigning for John Glenn for president in 1984, and in Delaware County since relocating to Ohio in 1985. This is his first attempt at elective office.
Why is he running? Steve offers this thoughtful explanation,
There are many reasons I am running for election to the Ohio House of Representatives. As a moderate Democrat, I believe I would offer voters of my district a choice of supporting strong family values and common sense policies that would improve their day-to-day lives.Improving healthcare, enacting common-sense gun legislation (as Governor DeWine has proposed), and addressing the effects of climate change before it is too late are all issues I would champion in the legislature.As a moderate, I would also work to bridge the bitter partisan divide that plagues our state and country. Establishing more of a balance in the legislature would help, as would calling a “truce” on the cultural issues that accomplish nothing but deepen mistrust. Even today, there is common ground, and focusing on that agenda could start to rebuild working relationships while actually accomplishing something that benefits the voters.
Steve practices as a tax lawyer with the Columbus office of a global law firm. His practice focuses on community development financings which encourage investment in low-income communities in Ohio and across the United States.
He has written books on two principal community development programs, The Rehabilitation Tax Credit and The New Markets Tax Credit, and is the author of several articles on Opportunity Funds and other topics. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Ohio Super Lawyers.
Steve graduated, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1979 and, summa cum laude, from Muskingum College in 1976. He was born in Nelsonville, Ohio.
He has lived in Genoa Township with his wife Kathleen since 1985. They have three daughters and one son, and two grandchildren. In addition to politics, his interests include running and climbing.
Election Day for the 2020 primary is March 17. Early voting begins on February 19.