Democrats Have Reason to Party
To paraphrase Prince, Hamilton County’s Democrats are going to party like it’s 1962.
Hamilton County Commission President Todd Portune is hosting a party for local Democrats from 5-7 p.m. Thursday to celebrate the party’s return to controlling the county commission for the first time in 44 years.
When Portune was elected to his first commission term in 2000, he was the first Democrat to serve on the three-member board in nearly 40 years. For years, he served with a Republican majority that largely ignored his views. With the election of David Pepper to the commission last year, Democrats took control of the board and Portune became president.
In the same election, Democrats also fared well at the state and national levels. Democrat Ted Strickland won the governor’s office and several Democrats replaced Republicans in state offices, and Democrats also took control of the House and Senate in Washington, D.C.
The event, which was publicized via mail and e-mail to area Democrats and is RSVP only, is free and will be held at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in Queensgate. The invitations say, “This is not a fund-raiser. It is a celebration!”
“Todd thought this would be a good way to thank all of the people who helped make this happen,” said Kathy Binns, Portune’s chief of staff.
No county funds are being used for the event, which is being paid for by a private inaugural committee, established by Portune, which sought donations.
— Kevin Osborne