2018 Candidate Endorsements From CCPC
For Immediate Release –
The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus is proud to announce its candidate endorsements for the May, 8 2018 Primary Election.
CCPC is a bottom up grassroots activist organization. All of our candidate endorsements have been determined by a vote of our membership which concluded Thursday, February 15. If only one candidate applies for an endorsement membership still votes to approve or disapprove the endorsement.
Many of CCPC's endorsements are different than the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party endorsements which were selected nearly a month ago, weeks before the filing deadline, by an elite group of party insiders known as the Executive Committee. Half of this Executive Committee is actually appointed by the Party Chair. The differences between CCPC's endorsed candidates and the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party's endorsed candidates in certain races can perhaps be attributed to the difference between an open bottom up process and a closed top down process.
CCPC endorsed candidates are:
U.S. Senate: Sherrod Brown
U.S. Congressional District 14: Betsy Rader
U.S. Congressional District 16: Aaron Godfrey
Ohio Governor: Dennis Kucinich
Ohio Senate District 21: Jeff Johnson
Ohio Senate District 23: Nickie Antonio
Ohio Senate District 25: Kenny Yuko
Ohio House District 8: Kent Smith
Ohio House District 10: Kyle Earley
Ohio House District 12: Yvonka Hall
Ohio House District 13: Mike Skindell
Ohio House District 14: Steve Holecko
Ohio House District 16: Cassimir Svigelj
Statehouse candidates Nickie Antonio, Mike Skindell and Steve Holecko will hold a kickoff rally the afternoon of Sunday, February 25. As of today CCPC has officially endorsed all three candidates for the May 2018 Democratic primary election. The planned rally will also mark the grand opening of a coordinated campaign office, for the trio, within the CCPC office located at 11910 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, Ohio 44107. Supporters and members of the community are invited to meet the candidates and enjoy light refreshments, during an informal open house from 1-4 p.m. The candidates will make brief formal remarks around 1:30 p.m., after which the open house will continue along with a community canvass for those interested.
Antonio is currently the state representative for Ohio House District 13, and is running for Ohio Senate District 23. The district’s current state senator, Skindell, is finishing the second of two terms permitted under the Ohio constitution, and now running for the Ohio House District 13 seat. Holecko, currently the CCPC Political Director, is running to represent Ohio House District 14. The shared event is an opportunity to highlight the three candidates’ common commitment to grassroots, progressive values and public service.