PORTSMOUTH — The Federated Democratic Women of Scioto County (FDWSC) Spring Picnic was met by blue skies and warm temperatures Thursday at the James Dickey American Legion Post 23 in Portsmouth. Democratic candidates and elected officials from the County gathered for the annual event.
Judge Steven Mowery presented a warm welcome for the spring picnic, encouraging attendees to support Democrats on the local as well as the national level.
“Let’s consider this — as Democrats, we are here on earth to help others,” Mowery said. “I don’t what the others are here for, but as Democrats we have a long legacy and we’ve got a big year ahead of us, so for the candidates that we have running both locally and nationally, we need to get behind them because we do care about others as a Party and I am proud of that.”
Wendy Jones, president of the Federated Democratic Women of Scioto County, said the Democratic picnic was an ideal gathering for learning about the Democratic candidates, and that she considers it an honor to serve in the capacity of president for FDWSC.
“I think this went really well. It is such a beautiful day and it is really nice to get together with friends to eat, relax, talk and learn more about our candidates that are running for office as Democrats,” Jones said. “We need to get out and put them in office. As president of the Federated Democratic Women of Scioto County, I consider it an honor to be able to do that.
“We have such a great group of people in our county. I love what our party stands for. I love what fight against. Fighting against homophobia, bigotry and any kind. Supporting people for equality. This is what its all about and it is exciting to be a part of that.”
There was a host of speakers who shared brief words during the event including, Judge Jerry Buckler of Scioto County Domestic Relations Court, Fourth District Court of Appeals Judge Marie Hoover, Portsmouth City Solicitor John Haas, Scioto County Treasurer Bill Ogg. Democratic candidates for Scioto County Commissioner David Malone and Kevin W. Johnson, Steve Goins Democratic candidate for Scioto County Sheriff and candidate for Scioto County Engineer, Craig Opperman also spoke. Fourth District Court of Appeals candidate Valerie Gerlach was scheduled to attend the event but the audience was informed of regrets that Gerlach would not be able to attend due to another commitment in Meigs County.
In addition to introducing his new bailiff, Nick Williams, Buckler also announced that Michael Jones, his Magistrate at the Domestic Relations Court, would be departing for nine months to fulfill military duty obligations.
“I am sure that everybody knows by now, or most of you probably know that I am going to be replacing my Magistrate in October, not of my own free will, but because I have to because he has been recalled, or deployed back to active service,” Buckler said. “So he is going to be leaving the Domestic Relations Court for nine months and I have to find a good Democratic attorney to put in there to be in that position for nine months while he is on duty.”
Buckler reiterated the replacement would be temporary while Jones is out on deployment.
“Mike we can’t replace you, that’s for sure and I have no intention of replacing you but I have to put someone there while Mike is serving the country,” Buckler said. “Not only do we run a great office up on the third floor of the Court House, but we have a guy here that is serving the country and is getting ready to be deployed, that in and of itself deserves a round of applause.”
Michael Jones, Magistrate of the Domestic Relations Court talked about his departure to take place in October for nine months during the Federated Democratic Women’s Spring Picnic held outside of the James Dickey American Legion Post 23.
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