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A Democratic Kind of Night: Fundraiser for Marcia Fudge and Summer Supper with Betty Sutton

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Later on Thursday we represented Ms. Wong at two important political gatherings that took place in the Cleveland area. 

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First, we went to the Union Club on Euclid Ave. to attend a fundraiser for our good friend, U.S. Congressperson Marcia R. Fudge (Democrat-District 11), who has been a consistent champion for comprehensive immigration reform and a vocal critic of the Trump administration's policies pertaining to  immigration.

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Accordingly, we spoke to the Congressperson about the unfortunate current trends in Washington, D.C. and, although she doesn't believe we won't get the reforms we want in the near future, Fudge still firmly believes we must continue to speak out and advocate for what we believe is right.

We could only stay at this event for a short time, but we conversed with a man who was interested in obtaining United States/Ireland dual citizenship. 

We also chatted with:

  • Ms. Gerry McClancey, who manages Fudge's campaign office
  • Ms. Veleter M. B. Mazyck, Esq., Fudge's Chief of Staff in Washington, D.C.
  • Ms. Carole Hoover and Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, the former President of Cuyahoga Community College, both of whom are old friends of Ms. Wong. Dr. Thornton told us she loves attending our annual holiday party.

Soon we were headed to our next affair—the Lakewood Democratic Club's annual Summer Supper—which took place this year at El Carnicero on Detroit Avenue. Needless to say, we made a dinner of questionable health value out of chips and all kinds of guacamole while we visited with our friends.

The main speaker of the night was Ms. Betty Sutton, currently a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio and former U.S. Congressperson District 13/Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. She gave an inspired speech regarding how her parents, by example, impressed upon her the importance of service to one's community, and why she and Mr. Richard Cordray, the democratic candidate for Governor, would be inclusive of all Ohioans if they win the election in November.

Another high point of the evening was the presentation of two U.S. flags, previously flown over the Capitol Building, to the youngest and oldest person in attendance, who just happened to be Mr. Josh Popov (age 24) and our friend Mr. Steve Bennett (age 70+, but we won't tell you how much). The flags were kindly donated by U.S. Congressperson Marcy Kaptur of District 9. 

Best of all was when our very good friend Mr. Erik Meinhardt was announced as the Lakewood Democratic Club Democrat of the Year for 2018. Meinhardt was the key organizer of that evening's event, and we have come to know him as a very hard and dedicated worker through our mutual membership in Plexus and the Stonewall Democratic Club. Thus, we were delighted to watch him receive the honor.

As we drove home we thought of something that Ms. Mazyck said to us as we left the Marcia Fudge fundraiser: "Think good thoughts and continue to do good things."

 

Michael Patterson

Community Liaison

Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC

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