Our Delaware County Democratic Candidates for 2018
See the full slate of local, statewide, and US Democratic candidates here.
Update: November 2018. We are still so proud of our local candidates who stood up and declared their candidacy, and then fought the good Blue fight in our traditionally red county. We are also proud of Delaware County voter turnout; 67.6% of registered voters cast a ballot in our November 2018 election. That was the highest of all counties in the state. The next highest county, with a voter turnout of over 100,000, was Warren with 63%. Blue, red, or otherwise, that is a powerful statement about our county.
Louise Valentine for Ohio Senate District 19. After the November 2016 election, Louise Valentine’s life changed. The stark reality of gerrymandered districts, special interest money influencing election results, and candidates that put their own private interests ahead of public well-being led her to a bold decision.
Results: Louise ran a phenomenal campaign and received an impressive 41% of the votes (38,391) in her effort against “ECOT Andy” Brenner (57%).
Cory Hoffman for Ohio House District 67. Through the Naval Reserves, Cory heeded the call of civic duty because he knows democracy is not a spectator sport. He believes if Republicans and Democrats can get along in the Navy, they can do so in the General Assembly.
Results: Cory ran a tough “guerilla” campaign against an embattled Kris Jordan taking 43% of the votes (26,490) to Jordan’s 56%. Probably one of the most impressive results was Cory and wife Megan delivering a baby boy only days before the election!
Kathleen Tate for Ohio House District 68. Kathleen is running for the state legislature in order to serve the people of Ohio, not herself. With a wealth of life experience, Kathleen will be an advocate who can find solutions to problems. Ms. Tate served in the US Air Force, worked in the business world, raised her son alone, all while being an advocate for those who couldn’t speak for themselves.
Results: Kathleen had one of the toughest local races, but that didn’t deter her from regularly hitting the campaign trail and pulling in key endorsements. Kathleen made a nice dent in the traditionally very red 68th, capturing 37% of the vote to incumbent Rick Carfagna’s 61%.
Indu Rajan for Delaware County Auditor. With a B.S. in Computer Science and an MBA, Indu Rajan is well-prepared to take on the Auditor’s office in Delaware County. Indu will use her experience with modern financial technologies to run an efficient operation at the Auditor’s office while being fiscally responsible.
Results: Indu teamed up with Aileen Wagner (below) and campaigned hard against their Republican opponents, showing up at all events, while covering Delaware County with postcards. Indu garnered 35% of the vote (32,144) against 60% for incumbent George Kaitsa.
Aileen Wagner for Delaware County Commissioner. Aileen was inspired to run during the 2016 election. Each week, as phone bank volunteers arrived at her home, she heard newcomers realize they weren’t the only Clinton supporters in the area. As a grassroots activist for most of her life, Aileen wants to grow that sense of community.
Results: Aileen was pulling double-duty during her County Commissioner campaign. Not only was she hitting the DelCo campaign trail, but she was also helping other candidates as chair of the DCDP Campaigns & Candidates committee. Aileen’s strong presence helped her win 39% of the vote (35,682), to the incumbent Barb Lewis’s 61%.