Press Releases

  • BCDP Chair Reaction to Middletown City Council Candidate Withdrawing

    (HAMILTON) – A little over one week after the Butler County Democratic Party Chair called on John Hart to drop out of the race for Middletown City Council, the Journal News reports that candidate John Hart has announced to the Journal News and on

  • BCDP Chair Calls on Middletown Council Candidate to Drop Out

    (HAMILTON) – On June 22, 2010, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio announced that John P. Hart, II was sentenced 18 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $679,663 in restitution to the IRS after Hart pled guilty in March of that year for failing to collect and pay employment taxes regarding Hart’s employees.   According to the U.S. Justice Department, Hart spent two years taking money that was collected for his employee’s contributions to Social Security and Medicare and instead spent the money on “funding his skydiving team’s attendance at skydiving competitions, funding other skydiving organizations, and paying for his annual membership and expenses at a local country club.”

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    “Clearly, the kind of self-dealing deceitful acts Mr. Hart admitted to and was convicted in federal court over bars him from holding public office in the City of Middletown under Ohio law.  The voters of Middletown deserve to know that their votes for candidates will matter, and the people they elect can legally serve.  I hope Mr. Hart considers the needless voter confusion his prior conviction is creating and the costly litigation that would inevitably occur if he were to win and does the right thing and drops out of the race immediately,” said Brian Hester, Butler County Democratic Party Executive Chair.

  • BCDP Statement Regarding Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Announcement of a Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    (HAMILTON)-  In response to Speaker Pelosi’s announcement that the U.S. House of Representatives would enter into a formal impeachment inquiry over President Trump, Butler County Democratic Party Chair Brian Hester issued the following statement:

    “Every Member of Congress and the United States Senate begins every term swearing an oath the Constitution, not a President or a political party.  With ten separate incidents of obstruction of justice in the Mueller report and now the latest intelligence whistleblower report about the President and Ukraine, I applaud the House for undertaking its solemn constitutional duty to hold a lawless President publicly accountable.  I hope Ohio Republicans put country above party and hold Trump to the same standard they had for President Clinton.”

    What Ohio Republicans have said in the past about the standard for impeachment:

  • Butler County Democratic Party Endorses Candidates

    (HAMILTON-) The Butler County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee Saturday unanimously endorsed and agreed to support a number of candidates running for nonpartisan offices in the upcoming November 5, 2019 General Election.

  • BCDP Files Ethics Complaint Against State Rep. Candice Keller

    (HAMILTON)-  On June 20th, House Bill 297 was introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives.  State Representative Candice Keller (R-Middletown) was among its list of co-sponsors, even though the sole purpose of the legislation is to create state funding via a refundable tax credit for donations to organizations of which State Rep. Keller currently serves as an Executive Director and draws a salary.

    According to every financial disclosure Keller has filed since first being a candidate for State Representative in 2015 with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee, Keller has reported receiving a salary somewhere between $50,000 and $99,000 a year as the Executive Director of a community crisis pregnancy center.  This salary would be in the same range as what she also already collects as a State legislator.  The median household income in Middletown is $39,116 a year.

  • Butler County Democratic Party to hold Executive Committee meeting

    (HAMILTON)- The Butler County Executive Committee will meet in West Chester on Saturday, September 7th starting at 2:00 p.m. at the West Chester MidPointe Library. The Executive Committee will be considering endorsements of candidates for the November 5, 2019 General Election among discussing other topics.

  • Butler County Democratic Party to Hold Presidential Debate Watch Parties

    (HAMILTON)- The Butler County Democratic Party will hold four regional debate watch parties throughout the county for the first round of official Democratic presidential candidate debates this week.  All events are free admission.

  • Trump’s reckless budget plans would have hurt Butler Tech students

    (HAMILTON)- Tomorrow, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to attend Butler Tech’s “Signing Day” in which soon-to-graduates will announce which employers they will be working for upon graduation much like college sports prospects do.  Before we respond to Devos’ visit, it’s important to straight the record straight so any coverage of this event does not mislead voters.

    In each federal budget they have proposed, Secretary DeVos and the Trump Administration has sought to cut Career and Technical Education (“CTE”) funding to provide more funding for vouchers for private schools and to otherwise reduce the U.S. Department of Education’s budget to address the rising deficits caused by the Trump Administration’s massive tax cuts predominantly benefitting corporations and the wealthiest Americans.  Had DeVos and Trump had their way last year, Ohio would have lost over $3 million in federal grant funding for CTE right now, funding that has helped Butler Tech grow and help Butler County adapt to a changing labor market.

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    “It’s great that we’re recognizing the valuable skills Butler Tech students have learned.  Butler County believes in hiring qualified people, even if the President apparently doesn’t when it comes to his Cabinet. It’s shameful that after years of unsuccessfully pushing to cut funding for education programs and worker retraining while protecting shady, for-profit schools that compete with Butler Tech, Secretary DeVos would come here.  But maybe by doing so she’ll finally recognize why both parties in Congress have rejected her policies.  I hope when she returns to Washington she’ll reverse course and stop pushing to cut worker training programs, cutting Butler Tech’s funding and stop advocating for policies that makes college less affordable for Butler County families,” said Brian Hester, Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee.

  • Will Jon Husted Address DeWine’s Terrible Record on Trade?

    (HAMILTON)- The following statement is issued by Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee Chair Brian Hester in response to today’s visit by Mike DeWine’s running mate in Butler County: 

  • BCDP Chair Reaction to Today’s Supreme Court Ruling

    (HAMILTON)- The following statement is issued by Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee Chair Brian Hester in response to today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME