The Ohio Democrats will elect their new party chair on Thursday. Party insiders are starting to congregate around two of their five options.
Most of the attention goes to Antoinette Wilson, who led the campaign last year by Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Brunner, and Liz Walters, a former Ohio Democratic Party executive.
Walters has won the support of Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio, United States, trade unions. and others within the party.
Both Walters and Wilson participated in a Zoom call on the Ohio Democratic Party’s Facebook page Tuesday night to answer questions from members of the organization’s executive committee.
Former Ohio Democratic Party leader David Pepper resigned late last month, saying it was time for a new leader to take over the helm. Pepper held this post for five years.
The new chair must work out new strategies for victory in Ohio. With the exception of Brown himself, the party has not won a single out-of-court seat in the state in more than a decade. In the last election, Ohio re-elected President Donald Trump by a larger margin than in 2016, and Republicans cemented an even larger majority in both houses of Ohio lawmakers.
David Niven, professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati, says the new chair will have two important roles: gathering the troops and overseeing the party itself.
“This is someone who will be the cheerleader but also the headmaster,” says Niven.
The Ohio Legislature Black Caucus has urged the Democratic Party to make diversity a priority, but has not endorsed a specific candidate.