Butler County Democratic Party Endorses Candidates, Ballot Issue

Party Decides to Purchase Building for County Headquarters

HAMILTON – After its last meeting in which the Butler County Democratic Party appointed over twenty new members to its Executive and Central Committees, the BCDP Executive Committee had another historic meeting that intends to have a lasting impact in the 2017 general election and beyond.


The Butler Democratic Party issued its first of what is anticipated to be several rounds of endorsements for the 2017 general election and endorsed the following candidates:

  • Beth Yauch for Middletown Municipal Court Judge
  • Edna Southard (incumbent) for Oxford City Council
  • Jacob Bruggeman for Oxford City Council
  • Pastor ShaQuila Mathews for Hamilton City Council

“Each of these candidates has demonstrated to the party that not only will they be strong and competitive candidates this fall, but that they will be dedicated public servants who will give a voice in their community that for too long has been ignored by the current status quo,” said BCDP Political Director Kathy Wyenandt.  The party will send a letter to Gov. Kasich to consider appointing Beth Yauch to serve on the court until the November election results are certified.

In addition, the BCDP Executive Committee also voted to endorse the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act, an initiative that is expected to be a statewide issue on the November 2017 general election ballot.  “The Democratic Party is committed in promoting health care policies that focus on benefiting patients by providing affordable and accessible care.  For too long, drug companies have been gouging Ohio taxpayers with prices they don’t even charge to other patients here.  We’re proud to stand behind this initiative that will make life saving prescription drugs available while saving Ohio taxpayers nearly half a billion a year,” said BCDP Executive Committee Chair Jocelyn Bucaro.

County Headquarters

The Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee also decided to exercise an option in its lease at its current headquarters, which otherwise would expire next year.   While the party has for years maintained a year-round office in the county, it has never owned its own party headquarters.  The Butler County Republican Party does not own its own headquarters.

“After years of moving from location to location, we eventually were able to find a longer-term lease and negotiated an option to purchase the building based on values at the depth of the recession.  We’re proud to support the revitalization of downtown Hamilton and have our own building in the county for our growing party,” said Butler County Democratic Party Office Manager David Spurrier.