Carolyn Adams, Chairman of the Ottawa County Republican Party, and Dan Laity, Chairman of the Ottawa County Democratic Party, are working together to share the importance of Republicans and Democrats working together at a local government level. Adams and Laity also think it is important to belong to a party; in Ohio the only way to declare a party is to vote in a partisan primary election.
“When voting in a primary election, you are saying who you think should go up against the opposing party in the upcoming general election,” said Adams. She also stressed that if a person has recently moved into another voting district, they need to re-register their party.
“To run for a central committee a person must be a declared member of the party,” said Adams. “The central committee members are out in the field; they are the foot soldiers that decide what direction things go.”
Adams explained that everything starts at a grass roots level. The people that are representing the party at a local level are the ones that know how the community feels. “We try to be a reflection of our community,” said Adams. “It’s all part of the process.”
Adams also expressed admiration for Laity and their ability to work together. “Dan and I have a tremendous working relationship; we agree to disagree. We may not agree, but we show each other respect,” said Adams.
“It is important to work together on all levels,” said Laity, “we need each other from a partisan standpoint. We need the interplay and we need to work together for the greater good. This just happens to be easier at a local level.”
“If a person feels strongly about issues and the direction of government then they should definitely declare their party. The party, either party, wants to know who’s with them,” said Laity.
I’m sure Laity speaks for both Democrats and Republicans when he said, “Voting is patriotic, get off the couch and go out there and vote. People can vote without even leaving the house. Because of the hard work from the Board of Elections and the State of Ohio it is easy to vote in our state.”
Adams and Laity sat down with Bert Fall of WPCR recently and spoke on this same issue. That interview is available on live stream at www.portclintonradio.com.
During this year’s primary election, which will be held Tuesday, May 6, there are three issues on the ballot.
Issue One is a proposed state constitutional amendment to fund public infrastructure and capital improvements by permitting the issuance of general obligation bonds.
There are two proposed county-wide tax levies: Ida Rupp Public Library and Riverview Nursing home.
The Ida Rupp Public Library tax levy is for a replacement tax. The replacement is for a portion of an existing levy, which is a reduction of .1 mil, for the benefit of Ida Rupp Public Library for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding .8 mil for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.08 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2014, first due in calendar year 2015.
The proposed tax levy for Riverview Nursing Home is a renewal of a tax for the benefit of Ottawa County for the purpose of the maintenance and operation of the Ottawa County Riverview Nursing Home, at a rate not exceeding .5 mil for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.05 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2014, first due in calendar year 2015.