Fund Raiser For Nickie Antonio
On Sunday, March 25th, our only event for the day was a fundraiser for our good friend, Ohio State Rep. Nickie Antonio (Democrat-District 13) who is a candidate for Ohio Senate District 23. If she wins the primary on May 8th wherein she has only one opponent (Ohio State Rep. Martin J. Sweeney of District 14) she is home free because there is no candidate running on the Republican ticket.
The fundraiser took place at a lovely private home on Edgewater Drive in Cleveland and was attended by many local activists. Ohio State Rep. Antonio was there, of course, along with her spouse, Ms. Jean Kosmac.
The guest of honor was Ms. Annise Parker, a political veteran who, among other elected positions, served as the Mayor of Houston, TX from 2010 to 2016. Ms. Parker is now the President and CEO of the "Victory Fund" whose mission is "to change the face and voice of America's politics and achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ officials at all levels of government. (see https://victoryfund.org/about/mission/)
During the course of her speech, Ms. Parker said that electing Ohio State Rep. Antonio to the State Senate is a top priority this year because she has proven to be experienced, generous and engaged with her colleagues and allies, and has a clear progressive message. (see her website at https://www.nickieantonio.com/issues/)
(For the Record: we did talk with Ms. Parker about immigration issues in Texas and she indicated that while she was in office, from the republican governor's office down, both documented and undocumented immigrants were generally welcomed into the Texas communities as long as they obeyed the laws. Unfortunately, as with other places, the attitude has now changed.)
As far as working with her colleagues, Mr. Bill Denihan, the now retired CEO of the ADAMHS Board, testified as to Ohio State Rep. Antonio's proven ability to reach across the aisle and work with the republicans in the legislature when it was in the best interest of the public. For instance, she was instrumental in getting the State of Ohio to allocate funds to aid in the Opiate/Opioid crisis. As the former Minority Whip in the legislature, she was also praised by her bipartisan work pertaining to the Capitol Budget.
The overall message of the day was that Ohio State Rep. Antonio could certainly use some more contributions in order to be successful in this campaign but money alone will not win it for her.
So, as we left, Ms. Parker urged us to do the following to assist the campaign:
WALK a precinct or two
TALK to all of our friends who live in Ohio Senate District 23 about voting for Ohio State Rep. Antonio
WRITE A CHECK which goes without saying
VOTE on May 8th!!!
For us, this is an ambitious agenda but one worthy of accomplishment.
Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC