Ever considered running for office?
Are you actively involved in your local community? Do you have a passion for public service? Is there an issue or problem you'd like to help solve in your city or town?
Consider running for public office. We at the Butler County Democratic Party can help you get started. It doesn't have to mean running for Congress or the State Legislature. Most public servants serve at the local level. Check out the various offices you can consider below and complete this form telling us a little about you and your interest. A member of our Political Team will be in touch to answer your questions and help you get started.
Below is a description of the various local offices you may consider running for:
- County Commissioner - Commissioners set the county budget and approve agency budg-ets, and also tackle long-term considerations such as community growth, land use develop-ment, capital improvement plans, capital financing, and strategic planning.
- Treasurer - The Treasurer’s Office is responsible for the collection of all county taxes. In addition, all monies collected throughout the various county departments are processed through the Treasurer's Office. It is the Treasurer's responsibility to ensure that all public funds are invested with absolute safety and security.
- Recorder - The Recorder has the important task of keeping the vital records pertaining to real estate ownership and to all encumbrances or liens upon it. The County Recorder is re-sponsible for recording, safekeeping, and organizing all documents in a competent and logi-cal manner. The County Recorder maintains permanent land records, retains them in archiv-al form, and makes them accessible to the public.
- Prosecutor - The Prosecuting Attorney is the County's chief criminal and civil representa-tive in court and prosecutes criminals. The Prosecutor is the legal advisor to all County and Township officials, County and Township boards. The Prosecuting Attorney is also respon-sible for all cases relating to juveniles, including child neglect and abuse, juvenile crime, and traffic violations. Requirements for Prosecutor include being a barred attorney.
- Sheriff - The Sheriff is the only elected law enforcement official in the state. He is ac-countable to the citizen and voter. The Sheriff’s deputies are sworn law enforcement offic-ers. They are appointed by the Sheriff to uphold the laws and preserve the public peace.
- Auditor - As Chief Fiscal Officer of the county, the Auditor is the bookkeeper for all coun-ty elected officials and many of the county agencies. The County Auditor establishes the real property value and calculates the property tax for every parcel of real estate within the county. After the taxes have been collected by the County Treasurer, the Auditor then calcu-lates how much of the money collected goes to each taxing district. Cities, villages, town-ships, school districts, park districts, community colleges, and others depend on the Auditor to do this quickly and accurately because these taxes are their lifeblood.
- Coroner - As an Ohio-licensed physician of at least two years leading up to election, the Coroner has broad authority to investigate causes of death resulting from crimes or violent acts, suicide, or any death of a suspicious nature. The Coroner works closely with law en-forcement agencies and the prosecuting attorney in preparing cases for trial. The Coroner performs autopsies, toxicology tests, and testifies as an expert witness in court on causes of death.
- Township Fiscal Officer - The Fiscal Officer has all the fiscal responsibilities of the Town-ship including paying bills, payrolls, and receiving revenue as it is distributed to the Town-ship. In addition to the fiscal duties, he or she also maintains an accurate record of the pro-ceedings of all the Board of Trustees meetings. The Fiscal Officer is the liaison between the County Fiscal Officer (or Treasurer) and the State of Ohio Auditor's Office. The Fiscal Of-ficer also notifies the Board of Election of all vacancies in the Township’s elected offices. He or she also must notify the Board of Elections of all changes in the Township's boundaries.
- City or Village Council – Most cities have city councils. The legislative functions of many city councils resemble that of congresses/parliaments around the world, but on a local level. Many cities are split into separate districts, and the people elect a City Councilman/woman to represent their respective district. Duties of most City Councils include – but are not lim-ited to – urban planning/zoning, economic development, implementing police/fire services, emergency management, and public works (sewage, snow plowing, water supply, etc.).
- Clerks – In many places, the Clerk is the official record keeper for the city. Records kept by the Clerk usually include the minutes of city meetings and events. Clerks are oftentimes responsible for overseeing local elections, issuing licenses/permits, maintaining financial records, and assuring transparency of the business performed within the city.
- School Board – The School Board (or Board of Education) is a group of elected officials that oversee educational policy on a local level. School Boards typically work in conjunc-tion with the State Department of Education on policy implementation. Duties of local School Boards include the creation of the school district’s budget, and meet regularly with public forum styles.