Blog Posts For The Week Of April 3, 2014 Through April 9, 2014

Release: Planned Parenthood Announces First Round Of Endorsed Legislative Candidates
By Gongwer Staff
Posted: April, 9 2014 9:44 AM

Columbus, Ohio—Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio today announced its first round of 2014 endorsements for legislative candidates in Ohio.

“Each of the candidates receiving our endorsement has displayed a commitment to protecting reproductive rights and health care for all women and families in Ohio,” said Stephanie Kight, PPAO president and CEO. “We know that these women and men will work to reverse the damage of laws signed by Governor Kasich as part of his anti-women’s health agenda and make Ohio safer for women’s health.

“Early voting in Ohio is already open for the May 6 primary. We strongly encourage Ohio women and the men who love us to support candidates who make our health a priority over politics.”

The endorsed legislative candidates join the previously announced statewide candidates who committed to standing up and speaking out for women and families.

The PPAO endorsement committee selected candidates based on their responses to a candidate questionnaire. PPAO will add to its list of endorsed candidates as it receives additional questionnaires meeting the criteria. A complete and updated list is available at

Endorsed Candidates for the Ohio Senate:

SD 13 Marcus Madison

SD 21 Sandra Williams

SD 25 Kenny Yuko

SD 29 Connie Rubin

SD 33 Joe Schiavoni

Endorsed Candidates for the Ohio House of Representatives:

HD 6 Anthony Fossaceca

HD 10 Eugene Miller

HD 12 Jill Miller Zimon

HD 13 Nickie Antonio*

HD 15 Nick Celebreeze*

HD 16 Todd LeVeck

HD 18 Michael Stinziano*

HD 20 Heather Bishoff*

HD 22 David Leland

HD 23 Rick Redfern

HD 25 Kevin Boyce*

HD 27 Joe Otis

HD 28 Micah Kamrass

HD 32 Christie Bryant

HD 38 Tim Crawford

HD 46 Michael Sheehy*

HD 50 Deb Cain

HD 52 Cathina Hourani

HD 54 Rick Smith

HD 57 Matt Lark

HD 58 Michele Lepore-Hagan

HD 62 Charlene Schneider, Ph.D.

HD 65 Charlie Carlier

HD 67 David Hogan

HD 75 Kathleen Clyde*

HD 76 Joseph Lanese

HD 87 Jeff Lehart

HD 89 Chris Redfern*

*indicates incumbent elected official

Release: Ohio Energy Brokers and Consultants Form Association
By Gongwer Staff
Posted: April, 4 2014 2:44 PM

PUCO Hosts Group’s First Meeting

Columbus – Ohio energy aggregators, brokers and consultants have announced the formation of Energy Professionals of Ohio. The new trade association will educate policy makers and the public on the benefits of a robust and competitive energy market. The group will also promote the common business interests of licensed energy brokers and consultants in Ohio.

“The energy marketplace works best when there is an expected and established level of expertise and responsibility in transacting energy contracts,” EPO Chairman and Scioto Energy Managing Partner Greg Bechert said. “Our self-regulating and standards-setting organization will establish a minimum expected level of expertise and responsibility in transacting energy contracts.”

EPO will provide its members with a forum for addressing business interactions within the industry. It will also address member concerns in a manner that keeps transactions fair, transparent and equitable for all parties.

The new group opened its first meeting on March 25 with a presentation to Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Todd A. Snitchler. Topics discussed included the current state of the industry and issues facing Ohio’s energy marketplace.

“We thank Chairman Snitchler for welcoming our group’s formation with a meaningful discussion about the issues facing energy professionals and our customers,” Bechert said.

The EPO board of directors includes Bechert, Huck Hayes of Alternative Energy Source, Perry Oman of Muirfield Energy, and Chris Greulich of North Shore Energy.

Release: NFIB/Ohio SAFE Trust Releases May 6 Primary Endorsements for the Ohio Legislature
By Gongwer Staff
Posted: April, 3 2014 1:32 PM

COLUMBUS, April 3, 2014 – The NFIB/Ohio Save American's Free Trust (SAFE Trust Ohio), the political action committee of the National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio, today announced its endorsement of the following candidates for the Ohio Legislature in the May 6, 2014 Ohio primary election:

Endorsed by the NFIB/Ohio SAFE Trust:

Ohio House of Representatives

Rep. Stephanie Kunze – HD 24 Rep. Peter Stautberg – HD 27

Rep. Barbara Sears – HD 47* Rep. Wes Retherford – HD 51

Rep. Margaret Conditt – HD 52 Rep. Ron Maag – HD 62

Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl – HD 68 Rep. Dave Hall – HD 70

Nick Skeriotis (R) – HD 75* Sen. Tim Schaffer (R) – HD 77

Kyle Koehler (R) – HD 79* Rob McColley (R) –HD 81

Rep. Tony Burkley – HD 82* Rep. Dorothy Pelanda – HD 86

Rep. Cliff Rosenberger – HD 91 Rep. Gary Scherer – HD 92*

Ohio Senate

Sen. Cliff Hite – SD 1* Sen. Kevin Bacon – SD 3

Sen. Bill Beagle – SD 5* Sen. Shannon Jones – SD 7*

Sen. Frank LaRose – SD 27

*Denotes NFIB member

“These candidates have been approved through NFIB/Ohio’s member-driven process that thoroughly reviews candidates’ records, stated positions and understanding of small-business issues before an endorsement is issued,” said Roger Geiger, Vice President and Executive Director of NFIB/Ohio. “NFIB/Ohio is supporting these candidates so they can provide the leadership necessary to keep Ohio’s job-creating machine, small businesses, running.”

Release: Ohio Democratic Party Announces Hiring of Field and Political Directors Sisneros and Devezin to lead strategic grassroots program in 2014
By Gongwer Staff
Posted: April, 3 2014 11:11 AM

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, the Ohio Democratic Party announced the additions of a Field Director, Steve Sisneros, and a political director, Nelson Devezin, who will lead the Ohio Democratic Party’s renowned grassroots organizing efforts in Ohio.

“Steve and Nelson are veterans in Democratic politics with experience on campaigns at every level. Together, they're in a strong position to lead the Ohio Democratic Party’s renowned grassroots outreach program, and we’re all excited to have them join our team,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern.

Field Director Steve Sisneros joins the ODP after serving as the Deputy National Regional Director at Organizing for Action—overseeing 9 states, including Ohio. Prior to his time at OFA, Steve was the Nevada Deputy Field Director for President Obama’s successful reelection campaign. In 2010, Sisneros worked for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s reelection campaign, and worked at the Nevada State Legislature for two biennial legislative sessions, adding to his extensive knowledge of state government. Steve’s experience on presidential, senatorial, state legislative, and issue advocacy campaigns puts him in a strong position to lead the Ohio Democratic Party’s strategic field program in 2014.

“The Ohio Democratic Party is known for its strategic 88 county, voter-to-voter strategy,” said Field Director Steve Sisneros. “Their grassroots organizing is among the best in the nation, and it’s something I will strive to build upon to ensure our success in November.”

Nelson Devezin, a Shaker Heights, Ohio native, brings an extensive political background to the Ohio Democratic Party team. Nelson served as Regional Field Director for President Obama’s campaign, and has experience with many progressive organizations, including Planned Parenthood’s Affordable Care Act program in Cleveland, and leading the successful Cleveland Public Library levy renewal campaign. Devezin also brings national experience, having worked on races in Milwaukee and Florida. The Ohio Democratic Party welcomes back Nelson, who served as an ODP field organizer in 2010.

“As an Ohio native, I’ve seen first-hand what Governor Kasich’s policies have done to our communities,” Devezin said. “I look forward to working with my fellow Ohioans all across the state this year to elect Ed FitzGerald and the rest of the Democratic ticket.”

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said, “Steve and Nelson are veterans in Democratic politics with experience on campaigns at every level. Together, they're in a strong position to lead the Ohio Democratic Party’s renowned grassroots outreach program, and we’re all excited to have them join our team.”

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