Press Releases

  • Butler County Democratic Party Breaks Fundraising Records

    (HAMILTON)- A review of the most recent campaign reports on file with the Butler County Board of Elections compared to reports filed at the same time going back to 2011 show that the Democratic Party has never raised as much money during the same period (first six months of the year), nor had as much on hand, and the party continues to chip away at the cash advantage of the Republican Party in the county.

    Jocelyn Bucaro, Chair of the Executive Committee, credits the party’s growing grassroots small donor base.  “With our growing fundraising base of small donors, our party is breaking fundraising records and have more cash on hand than we have ever had at this point in the year for the past decade.  Butler County residents are tired of Republican politicians who are more focused on pushing controversial wedge issues to get themselves some free press rather than actually addressing the lack of economic opportunity in many of our communities and an opiod epidemic that is raging out of control.”

    The Democratic Party raised nearly four times the amount it raised in 2012 and an 18% increase in its fundraising from a year prior.  Recently, the party’s Executive Committee authorized the party to exercise its option to purchase its headquarters in downtown Hamilton early next year, making the Democratic Party the only county party with a permanent headquarters in the county.

    “With no debts, unlike our counterparts, the Butler County Democratic Party has shown it is fiscally frugal so that it can make permanent investments in building the party in Butler County while closing the gap with the Republican Party.  This county changed parties in the 1990s because Republicans argued that they could deliver change and improve the ‘Rust Belt’ communities here being left behind economically.  They have failed to deliver and voters are again looking more and more at making a change in this county,” said Butler County Democratic Party spokesman Brian Hester.

  • (Again) Bipartisanship is Only Path Forward on Health Care

    (HAMILTON)- While most Ohioans were in bed, the U.S. Senate rejected the third secretly drafted TrumpCare with bipartisan opposition in an after midnight vote on legislation that Senators had a two hours to read and review before voting.

    Jocelyn Bucaro, Chair of the Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee, says it’s time for bipartisan Congressional action to improve the Affordable Care Act with Congressional hearings and the regular process to pass legislation.

    “Americans were overwhelmingly opposed to TrumpCare, and so, apparently, are a significant number of Congressional and Senate Republicans. Trump’s goal of railroading a party-line vote through Congress with no public input and little notice and no regard for how many Butler County families it would hurt lost.  The only path forward is to for ALL Members of Congress to work to improve the ACA so that health care is more accessible and affordable to everyone.”


    “Seven years ago, we signed into law legislation that prevented our friends and neighbors from being one medical emergency away from bankruptcy.  Legislation that gave us our most effective tool in dealing with a still growing heroin epidemic. This is a victory for our families that wouldn’t be possible without the work of dedicated activists in the party, in groups like Indivisible and Our Revolution, and countless others,” said Kathy Wyenandt, Butler County Democratic Central Committee Chair.  “Working families have a fundamental right to access to affordable and quality medical care.”

  • Butler County Democratic Party Endorses Candidates, Ballot Issue

    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

    The Executive Committee also uanimously endorsed the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act initiative that will be on the Nov. 7, 2017 general election ballot and authorized the purchase of its current headquarters before its current lease expires. 

  • Butler County Democrats Applaud Passage of Middletown Senior Levy

    HAMILTON – In response to passage of Issue 1, the renewal of the Middletown senior citizens services levy, Butler County Democratic Party Executive Chair Jocelyn Bucaro issued the following statement:

  • Fairfield Family Example of Broken Immigration System, Misplaced Priorities

    (HAMILTON)- The Butler County Democratic Party joins community faith leaders in calling for the federal government to change course and release Maribel Trujillo of Fairfield so she can stay with her family where she is needed. Last week, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested Trujillo on her way to work after sending her kids off to school. Trujillo fled gang violence in Mexico 15 years ago and has an active asylum case pending.

  • Bipartisanship is Trump’s Only Path Forward on Health Care

    Today, Paul Ryan (R-WI) canceled the planned vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal and replace the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“the ACA”) with TrumpCare.  President Trump was unable to muster enough Republican support in the House to pass legislation that Americans are overwhelmingly against.

  • BCDP Response to State Representative Wes Rethford's Arrest

    Butler County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Jocelyn Bucaro issued the following statement:

    “Alcohol and guns are a reckless mix, and we’re glad nobody was physically hurt as a result of Rep. Retherford’s actions.  For too long, Retherford has betrayed his constituents' trust.  Instead of fighting to bring jobs to his district, invest in better public schools, or combat the opioid epidemic in our community, he has built a reputation as the laziest and one of the most disengaged members of the state legislature.  We are extremely disappointed in Rep. Retherford’s actions and pray he takes this opportunity to get the help he so obviously needs.”

  • Frank Cloud Re-Nominated To Board of Elections

    HAMILTON – At tonight’s meeting of the Butler County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee Frank Cloud was re-nominated by unanimous acclaimation to another four-year term to the Butler County Board of Elections.  The nomination will go to Secretary of State Jon Husted who will formally appoint someone for the new term for the seat, which begins on March 1st.