Friday, October 24, 2008

Veterans Endorse John

Non-Partisan, non-profit Veterans and Military Families for Progress endorse John O’Grady for Franklin County Commissioner.

Columbus, Ohio
Veterans and Military Families for Progress, Ohio Chapter ( proudly and enthusiastically announce the endorsement of John O’Grady for Franklin County Commissioner in the upcoming November 2008 election.

Founded in 2005, VMFP is dedicated to ensuring that the rights and needs of veterans, active-duty service members, and their families are understood by the American public, endorsed by our elected officials, and protected by legislation, regulation, and public policy initiatives.

Mr. O’Grady’s commitment to our veterans and their families cannot be questioned. Mr. O’Grady’s strong commitment to the issues that are critical to veterans of Franklin County and their families is unrivaled. His vision for the 21st century of our county gives veterans and their families hope that in him we have a public servant who will keep the faith of those who protect us and recognize the sacrifice made by military families right here at home.

We feel veterans, active duty, reservists, National Guard, military families and in fact, all people of Franklin County will be well served by ensuring his consistent fairness and his admired, demonstrated record as an excellent public servant to address our local needs.

Veterans and Military Families for Progress is a 501(c) (4) non-partisan, not-for-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a 21st Century organization made up of members located throughout the country, and from across the breadth of rank and military services, who served, are serving, or are members of families of those who have heeded the call to serve their country in the U.S. military.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Endorsed by the Baptist Ministerial Alliance

John is happy to have received the endorsement of the Baptist Ministerial Alliance of Columbus & Vicinity. The Baptist Ministerial Alliance and the Baptist Pastors' Conference wrote that they, "...give (John) their personal and dedicated support in this upcoming election." This is yet another organization in support for John's campaign for Franklin County Commissioner. Please click on the link below to view the numerous other endorsements John has received thus far.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Dispatch prefers O'Grady

The Columbus Dispatch printed their endorsement of John O'Grady for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners in the editorial section of their paper today. (October 2, 2008) John is happy to be recognized by the Columbus Dispatch for his work in the Clerk's Office and their kind words in support for his race for commissioner. "...for this countywide seat, The Dispatch prefers O'Grady."

To view the article, which also supports the re-election of Commissioner Paula Brooks,
click HERE

Thursday, September 25, 2008

FCDP is hiring for Early Vote

FCDP is hiring for early vote

FCDP will be hiring folks to pass out Democratic sample ballots at Vets Memorial during the 35 days of early voting. Respond to this email if you are interested.

Sept 30 - Nov 3
$8 per hour
Minimum 4 hour shifts
Rain or Shine

Please reply to this email if you are interested or email

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

CEA endorses John

John is proud to have received this endorsement and is grateful to have the support of the CEA behind him in this election. A strong advocate of improving and expanding educational opportunities for all of Franklin County, he believes that this outspoken show of support on the part of the CEA is yet another vote of confidence on the part of an established private organization for his candidacy.

Friday, September 19, 2008

FCCEA Endorses John

John O'Grady has been endorsed in his race for the Franklin County Commission by the Franklin County Council of Education Associations. Mr. O'Grady is proud to have received this endorsement and is grateful to have the support of the FCCEA behind him in this election. A strong advocate of improving and expanding educational opportunities for all of Franklin County, Mr. O'Grady believes that this outspoken show of support on the part of the FCCEA is yet another vote of confidence on the part of an established private organization for his candidacy.

Click HERE to view a complete list of John's endorsements.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

John O'Grady at the DNC

John and his wife Pam traveled to Denver, Colorado to be apart of the 2008 Democratic National Convention. While he was there John got a chance to discuss the issues and policies affecting his constituents around Franklin County with other party officials from Ohio and around the country. During the week, John, Columbus City Councilmember Andy Ginther and other Ohio Democratic Party members hosted an elected officials caucus and convention watch party. It was a great success, thank you to all who attended.

Click HERE to see the photos from the DNC.

When the 45th Democratic National Convention was called to order on Monday, August 25, 2008 in Denver, Colorado, it was the culmination of more than 24 months of formal planning by the Democratic Party to structure a nominating cycle and nominating Convention that represents the Party’s principles of openness, fairness and diversity. John is a proud supporter of Barack Obama and is excited to do his part in helping him win Franklin County and the rest of Ohio.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

F.O.P Endorses John O'Grady

John O'Grady has received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, along with a number of other organizations and officials who represent Franklin County.

Click HERE to see the complete list.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Wow, what a win!

Wow, what a win!

On Tuesday, voters in Franklin County supported our call for a new generation of leadership and made John O'Grady the Democratic nominee for Franklin County Commissioner. It was an exciting race for change and YOU made the difference.

We're proud of the campaign we ran together. We focused on our vision for Franklin County and the Five Point Plan we’ve developed for the county. We also worked with the 141 neighborhood leaders of the Democratic Party to demonstrate the unity of our Democratic family.

Now that we have a Democratic nominee for Franklin County Commissioner, it’s time to begin the fight for November. Republicans in Central Ohio are hungry for a win after a very long losing streak. We can’t let that happen.

We look forward to working with you every day to win on November 4th.

In victory,

Team O'Grady

John, Antoinette, Rory, Rafe, Denny, John, and Bryan

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

V O T E !

This is it. Rain, shine, sleet, or snow, we're helping John O'Grady deliver change to Franklin County today!

You can still help out with calls and visibility. Just call us at 614-221-1999 or email

After the polls close, join Team O'Grady for an Election Night Watch Party at the Frog, Bear and Wild Boar. It's located at 343 North Front Street, Columbus Ohio 43215. We'll all get started after 8:30pm tonight.

p.s., You've heard it all before, but it's true -- your vote is your voice. Use it today!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Top Ten reasons to vote for John O’Grady

10. John is the endorsed Democrat.

9. Change can only come when we all work together. That’s what John can do.

8. According to the Outlook, John has bear appeal!

7. John has a comprehensive Five Point Plan to fight foreclosures and create jobs.

6. John is Pam O’Grady’s husband and Pam O’Grady rocks.

5. John has the endorsements of Mayor Coleman, every single Council member, every single Commissioner, and every single Democratic member of our statehouse delegation.

4. John’s a better cook than anyone else we know. According to some, he’s the best short-order cook in Franklin County.

3. John is the only candidate with proven county executive experience.

2. Guess what? John is just a darn good guy.

1. In 2008, we need change. We need John O’Grady.

Vote for John O'Grady, the endorsed Democrat, on March 4th

Here's a message from John O'Grady, the endorsed Democrat for Franklin County Commissioner. John has been working hard every day to earn your vote -- just like he will work hard every day as your next Franklin County Commissioner.

Dispatch voter's guide

Like John says, "You can't win 'em all. But you can come close!" Here's the Dispatch's voter guide on the Franklin County Commissioner race.

Biography: 43; Franklin County clerk of courts, 2001-present; administrator for Ohio Treasurer Mary Ellen Withrow, nine years; small business owner, the Ringside Café, two years. Bachelor's degree in business, Ohio Dominican University requirements completed; graduates in June). Married, three children. Roman Catholic.

Main issues: “We are at a crossroads in our state and our nation. Down one path is a new era of cooperation and growth. Down the other is the divisive old status quo. It is my hope that voters will join me in bringing a new generation of leadership to our county and, with it, new jobs and opportunity for the workers and families of Central Ohio.”

What he would do in office: “We all want government that works effectively for everyone. As your clerk of courts, that's exactly what I've done. We are doing more with less, handling significantly more work with the same budgeting and staffing we had seven years ago. I will bring the same values and focus as a Franklin County commissioner.”

It's no wonder John has the unanimous endorsement of the neighborhood leaders of our local Democratic Party!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Elizabeth O'Grady supports her Dad!

John's wonderful daughter Elizabeth shows her support!

Liam Hykes: an "early" voter

John's nephew, Liam Hykes, is an Democrat in Training!

Friday, February 29, 2008

FACT CHECK: The new Lazarus ad

Click here to see our FACT CHECK for the latest ad from John's opponent.

FACT: Lazarus has not been a judge since 2005.

FACT: According to the Franklin County Board of Elections, Lazarus is not a registered Democrat. She did not vote for Ted Strickland in the 2006 Democratic primary.

FACT: As an Appeals Court judge, Lazarus used a template for virtually all of her court opinions. She sided with businesses over labor unions in over 70% of her cases.

FACT: Lazarus has only been endorsed or supported by one of her former colleagues.

FACT: John O’Grady is the only candidate with proven county executive experience.

FACT: Cindy Lazarus quit her elected terms to City Council and Court of Appeals early.

FACT: It is impossible for Cindy Lazarus to have the endorsement of “the people.”

O’Grady’s opponent continues negative campaign for commission

Today, John O’Grady’s opponent, Cindy Lazarus, released the latest negative theme in her campaign for the Franklin County Commissioner. O’Grady, the endorsed Democrat, has focused his campaign on a Five Point Plan for Franklin County.

“First Cindy Lazarus called the hard-working neighborhood leaders of our local Democratic Party a ‘small group of politicians,’ a ‘party machine,’ and ‘party bosses.’ Now Mrs. Lazarus is turning her negative campaign towards John O’Grady,” stated Bryan Clark, Communications Director for John O’Grady.

In her latest television commercial, Mrs. Lazarus attacks John O’Grady’s public service.

Previously, Mrs. Lazarus has issued campaign direct mail that referred to the volunteer neighborhood Democratic leaders who unanimously endorsed John O’Grady as a “small group of politicians” and a “party machine.”

Her negative attacks against the local Democratic Party also included publicly condemning their endorsement of O’Grady after Mrs. Lazarus spent months attempting to secure the same endorsement for her campaign.

John has set the record straight with two new ads.

Mary Funk, Harrison West community leader, endorses John O'Grady

Here is Mary's video!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

"I endorse my Daddy"

Patrick O'Grady is John's youngest son (until his fourth child is born in just a few weeks!). Here is Patrick's video endorsement for his Daddy.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Communicator News endorses John

The Communicator News, one of Ohio's most distinguished African-American newspapers, has endorsed John O'Grady for Franklin County Commissioner!

We appreciate the strong support John has received from Central Ohio's African-American community. We especially appreciate The Communicator News' endorsement because it is a testament to John's civil rights dedication.

Ohio's oldest, largest Latino paper endorses O'Grady

La Prensa, the largest and oldest Latino newspaper in Ohio, has endorsed John O'Grady for Franklin County Commissioner!

This wonderful news shows just how strong and diverse John's support is with real people across Franklin County.

Thanks to La Prensa for making John O'Grady la eleccion de la gente.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Even Republicans say, "Put politics aside and support O'Grady"

As you know, John O'Grady just completed his business degree at Ohio Dominican. Here is a letter to the editor from one of John's fellow students.

I met John O'Grady, clerk of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court and a candidate for county commissioner, two years ago at Ohio Dominican University. We are finishing our degrees to fulfill 25-year-old promises to our parents. We occupy opposite sides of the political spectrum.

Now that we are graduating, I will miss him the most. He and I had spirited debates that made us both better people and even greater friends. Although O'Grady, a Democrat, and I may not share identical views, our conversations reassure me that he leads his professional life with the best for Franklin County residents as his only concern.

Leadership and experience are not abundant qualities in political leaders today, and it is unlikely that O'Grady and I will back the same candidates this fall. However, political alliances should yield to voting for who is best equipped to serve.

I urge my fellow Republicans to vote for [John O'Grady] the person with a track record of serving Franklin County with evenhandedness and dignity.


Thanks, William! Here's what John has to say about his decision to go back to college --

"Sometimes life gets in the way. I left OSU to take a dream job serving Ohioans with Ohio's Treasurer Mary Ellen Withrow. Twenty years later, I had an amazing wife and family, had served my state in the Treasurer's office for nine years, had owned my own business, and had been elected to serve Franklin County as Clerk of Courts.

But I had to keep my promise and finish the work I started."

Monday, February 25, 2008

John continues positive, forward-looking campaign with new ad

John O’Grady continued his positive, forward-looking campaign for Franklin County Commissioner with a new campaign ad today. The ad, titled “A New Generation of Leadership,” features strong endorsements from Mayor Coleman and current Commissioners Paula Brooks, Marilyn Brown, and Mary Jo Kilroy.

The ad echoes the comprehensive O’Grady Five Point Plan for Franklin County released last week. The O’Grady plan offers a blueprint for creating jobs and fighting foreclosures in Franklin County.

The ad will begin airing Monday, February 22nd, on broadcast and cable stations in Franklin County. It is also available on the web at

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Tom Tootle discusses John's support for the LGBT community

In this week's edition of Outlook Weekly, LGBT community leader Tom Tootle discusses his support for John.
O’Grady’s support in the GLBT community is voiced by Tom Tootle, who told Outlook, “John O’Grady has talked to me about groups like Kaleidoscope, Stonewall, and BRAVO. He recognizes the critical importance of these organizations. He is a good friend who has earned the vote of the gay community on March 4th.”

As always, John was refreshingly honest about his support for the LGBT community and full, fair, equal rights for all.
When asked directly about his involvement in the GLBT community vs Lazarus’ involvement, O’Grady said, “I applaud Cindy for her longstanding service to the GLBT community. On the issue of civil rights, it quite frankly pisses me off that we even have to have this conversation. Civil and equal rights should be obvious and complete. Of course Franklin County should be open to the GLBT community and actively seek its talents and involvement. I am supportive of all County policies being totally GLBT inclusive, and my staff has always been inclusive, starting with my hiring of Kate Anderson as the first openly-GLBT staffmember at the Clerk’s office.”
Be sure to check out John's ad on the back cover. It includes testimonials from Mary Jo Kilroy, Russ Goodwin, and Rhonda Johnson in support of John!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Another union member for John O'Grady

John has received every single union endorsement in the Democratic primary for County Commissioner. Here are two members of the local Teamsters union who've volunteered on John's campaign and want to share their thoughts on the race.

Thanks, guys!

Council member Hearcel Craig supports John O'Grady

Dispatch weighs in on the CMC debate

The Columbus Dispatch weighed in on the CMC debate today. As the Dispatch reports, John focused on the issues that Franklin County faces.

Once again, a debate report hones in on the divisive politics John's opponent brought to the debate.
Lazarus said, "We should have more primaries and not be punishing and bullying people because they dare to offer themselves to the public."

O'Grady shot back: "It's a little bit of a stretch for my opponent to play the victim. This is a fight between Cindy and the party."
As political insiders know, Mrs. Lazarus was for the party's endorsement before she was against it. Here's a note from FCDP regarding the issue.

The weekend before the 2007 elections for the Mayor and City Council, Mrs. Lazarus called and mailed our Central and Executive Committee members seeking their endorsement. When she learned that the party's volunteer leaders supported John O'Grady, Mrs. Lazarus began attacking the party and calling for no endorsement.

While John focused on his Five Point Plan for Franklin County, his opponent once again displayed the divisive status quo of the past.

On Tuesday, March 4th, vote for hope and opportunity. Vote for John O'Grady!

Friday, February 22, 2008

WOSU reviews debate

WOSU has a straight-up review of the CMC debate on Friday. The story kicks off with John's 5-point plan roll-out.

Franklin County clerk of courts John O'Grady said the first issue he would address as commissioner is the foreclosure crisis.

"Fighting foreclosures is key to everything we want to do as a county," he said. "This crisis undermines job creation, threatens regional development and robs those most in need of vital social services."

The story also highlights John's support for the Mayor's streetcars proposal (a proposal his opponent has opposed).

WOSU also hints at an emerging issue in the race -- who will focus full-time as Franklin County's next Commissioner? If you guessed "John O'Grady," you'd be right!

O’Grady wins debate with substance, vision

In a Columbus Metropolitan Club debate today, John O’Grady offered a clear, compelling vision for the future of Franklin County. O’Grady focused on his Five Point Plan for Franklin County, the only comprehensive plan issued in this primary election.

Throughout the debate, John O’Grady forcefully advocated for an end to the foreclosure crisis and for creating jobs and opportunity for everyone. As John said in his opening, “I am running for Franklin County Commissioner so we can bring a new generation of leadership to our county and, with it, new jobs and opportunities for the workers and families of Central Ohio.”

Unfortunately, John's opponent attempted to go negative regarding John's support from the hardworking members of the Franklin County Democratic Party. But John continued his positive campaign for a new generation of leadership, rejecting the divisive politics of the past.

In the end, John framed exactly what this primary election is all about – the hope and opportunity of a new era, or the divisive status quo of the past.

Like you, John chooses hope!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

With 816 individual supporters, O’Grady is real people’s choice

John O’Grady’s campaign for Franklin County Commissioner today announced another round of groundbreaking, people-driven fundraising with $79,260 raised since February 1, 2008. The campaign had an impressive $85,266 cash on hand. More importantly, the campaign announced over 816 individual contributions to John’s campaign for Commissioner.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support we’ve received from folks across Central Ohio,” stated John O’Grady, endorsed Democrat for Franklin County Commissioner. “The people’s choice is clearly the new generation of leadership our campaign will bring to the Franklin County Commission.”

To date, individual contributions to John O’Grady have outpaced his opponent almost 8-to-1. O’Grady also outraised his opponent 8-to-1 since February 1st. O’Grady’s average contribution was a little over $300, while his opponent’s average haul was almost $1,000.

O'Grady gets local news coverage

The latest edition of ThisWeek community news covers John's strong campaign for Franklin County Commissioner.

O'Grady said it's his experience managing budgets, both as a business owner and county clerk, that qualifies him for the county commissioner post. When O'Grady started as clerk, he said the staff included 240 people and ran on an annual budget of $12-million. Despite the increase in case load, O'Grady said the staff now counts 231 employees and runs on approximately the same budget.

As John says, this is the kind of county-level experience that matters in our Democratic primary.

John also demostrated a firm grasp of the issues that need to be focused on as a Franklin County Commissioner.

O'Grady said another key issue he would address if elected would be the foreclosure rate in Franklin County. O'Grady said 48 percent of the caseload in the county clerk's office deals with foreclosures, and he said the county has seen a 75 percent increase in foreclosures since he took office in 2000. The county government can play a role in fixing the problem by bringing the many parties involved - lenders, banks, realtors and people facing foreclosure - together to find solutions.

In this election, John is the clear choice because he understands the processes we need to create real change in Franklin County.

"Instead of working in a vacuum, we need to bring people to the table," O'Grady said.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

FCDP defends neighborhood Democratic leaders

The Franklin County Democratic Party has taken a stand for the 141 neighborhood Democratic leaders who voted unanimously to endorse John O'Grady for Commissioner.

As John said in remarks after the debate today, "This was never about whether or not there should be a primary. It was about who the party endorsed in this race."

The Party was prompted to respond by negative campaign mailings and campaign statements from Mrs. Lazarus' campaign. According to the FCDP, the party's hardworking volunteer leaders were referred to a "a small group of politicians," "part of the party machine," and "party bosses."

Be sure to read the entire FCDP response.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Endorsement update

In today's Columbus Dispatch, John responds to the unfortunate process and decision the newspaper used to endorse John's opponent. John's response was so powerful, we wanted to share it with you today.

Paper's endorsement a disappointment
Monday, February 18, 2008 2:58 AM

After receiving the endorsements of the mayor, all three incumbent county commissioners, every City Council member, every Democratic representative and senator in Franklin County, the state chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party and the Franklin County Democratic Party, I am disappointed I did not receive the endorsement of The Dispatch. But you can't win 'em all.

In light of this, I would like to express what I believe Dispatch readers deserve to know about me, John O'Grady, and my campaign for Franklin County commissioner.

In 2000, the voters of Franklin County elected me as the first Democratic clerk of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court in decades. We inherited an office full of political corruption, fraud and inefficiency, and I promised to clean it up. We've accomplished what I said I would do. Today, the clerk's office has excellent customer service, state-of-the-art accounting measures and a great working relationship with Democrats and Republicans in our court system.

In fact, we're doing more with less. In 2001, the clerk of courts budget was about $12 million, with 240 staff members. Today, the clerk's budget is still about $12 million, with 231 staff members, who are handling 75 percent more foreclosure cases than seven years ago.

This is just the kind of county-level executive experience that matters in our primary.

As your Franklin County commissioner, I will apply this real-world county experience to the challenge of creating jobs and opportunity for everyone in Franklin County. This means investing in our strengths, like technology research, transportation logistics and health care. But we cannot accomplish this as a region without great working relationships with the business, union and elected leadership of Franklin County.

Voters can visit to learn more about my campaign for a new generation of leadership in the March 4 primary.

I believe voters will see that I am the endorsed Democrat for a reason -- I have the experience that matters, the priorities they share and the proven ability to work with everyone to create real change in Franklin County.


Sunday, February 17, 2008

Thanks, Plunderfolks

Plunderbund, a Central Ohio blog, has posted a comparison of direct mail from John O'Grady and his opponent. Even though the blogger has previously announced his support for Mrs. Lazarus, he gives John props.

"At first glance I’d say the the O’Grady direct mail campaign will probably be more effective - especially with voters who don’t really follow county-level politics i.e. most of them.

The O’Grady mail campaign is simple and focused, with one clear message: JOHN O’GRADY IS THE CANDIDATE ENDORSED BY THE PARTY."

Sure, it's not all sunshine and roses from the Plunderfolk, but we appreciate getting a pretty fair shake.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

It's the law

The following is a message from the Franklin County Democratic Party. It's pretty strongly worded, but gives a good overview of the election complaint against Cindy Lazarus.

It’s the law

Yesterday, the Franklin County Democratic Party filed an election complaint against Cindy Lazarus. As Executive Director Zach Manifold said, “Today, the Franklin County Democratic Party is proving our commitment to fair elections by holding Cindy Lazarus, a former judge, accountable for apparent violations of basic campaign laws.”

According to the complaint, Cindy Lazarus’ campaign has created and distributed campaign ads that do not carry basic political disclaimers. These disclaimers state, “Paid for by” and list the name of the committee, as well as a mailing address for the committee. In fact, it’s campaign 101.

This is just one example of the apparent election law violations by Cindy Lazarus according to the Buckeye State Blog.

Unfortunately Cindy Lazarus completely dismissed these serious charges. In fact, her answer was, “All I could say to that is, please.”

Does Cindy Lazarus believe voters don’t deserve to know who provided the information they receive about our elections?

Stay tuned for more information in this developing story. And be sure that the Franklin County Democratic Party will continue to fight for the highest ethical standards. The Republican Party refused to do that — look where it got them.

“Democrats say Lazarus broke campaign law”

Click here for a Columbus Dispatch article about alleged election law violations by the Cindy Lazarus campaign.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Columbus Dispatch features John this Sunday

This Sunday's Columbus Dispatch feature's a good introduction to what makes John O'Grady the best candidate for Franklin County Commissioner. From John's childhood on the westside to his small business and Clerk of Courts work, it's clear John has the experience that matters.

Read more about John's race right here.

Friday, February 8, 2008

The Ohio Primary Starts Today!

On Friday, February 8th, you can start voting in the Democratic primary -- and that means you can start voting for John today!

Thanks to Ohio's early voting laws, you can visit the Franklin County Board of Elections (map) to vote in person, or request an early vote ballot (click here for the form).

John O'Grady kicked off the Ohio primary today with Mayor Coleman and a group of O'Grady supporters. You can see photos of our Get Out the Early Vote rally right here, or check out the evening news for coverage.

Support John O'Grady today by voting for the presidential candidate of your choice, then voting for John O'Grady, the endorsed Democrat for Franklin County Commissioner.

Just remember: With voting already started, we need your help now more than ever. Click here to help John reach even more voters.

Friday, February 1, 2008

"Committed to the Future" ad to air this weekend

The Franklin County Commissioner race ramped up today with the release of the first television ad from John O’Grady, the endorsed Democrat. The ad, titled “Committed to the Future,” continues to show John’s strength as a new generation of leadership for Franklin County.

The ad will begin airing this weekend on broadcast and cable stations in Franklin County. It is also available on the web at

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Impressive contributions represent real people who want real change

John O’Grady’s campaign for Franklin County Commissioner demonstrated a broad range of support today, filing an impressive $211,688 raised and $158,772 cash on hand. John’s support came from 431 individual donations.

“I am humbled by the tremendous support I’ve received from people across our great state,” said John O’Grady. “From my good friends in the business and labor communities to the hardworking people who make Central Ohio great, we’re all coming together to bring a new generation of leadership to our county.”

According to the annual finance report filed today, Friends of John O’Grady posted the following contributions:

Brought forward: 1,792.16
Contributions: 211,688.00
Expenditures: 54,707.70
Cash on hand: 158,772.46

“Each of the 431 individual contributions to my campaign represents a vote for the future of Franklin County,” concluded O’Grady. “These are real people who want real change.”

Campaign finance reports will be available from the Franklin County Board of Elections online this evening.

O'Grady announces Tavares, Faith as Social Services co-chairs for campaign

John O’Grady demonstrated his commitment to first-class social services today by naming two renowned Columbus leaders as co-chairs for his campaign Social Services committee. Columbus City Council member Charleta Tavares and Bill Faith will lead John’s efforts to outline a comprehensive strategy for delivering excellent social services as a Franklin County Commissioner. The new co-chairs released the following statements:

Council member Charleta Tavares, Executive Director, Multi-ethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence*

"John O'Grady's commitment to public service has been evident in his sound judgment and fiscal management as Clerk of Courts for Franklin County. His personal values and commitment to serving our county's most vulnerable residents is the primary reason I have enthusiastically endorsed his candidacy for commissioner and will serve as his Social Services co-chair on the campaign."

Bill Faith, Executive Director, COHHIO*

“It’s not often we get the chance to support an elected official who is as honest, dedicated, and principled as John O’Grady. It’s especially good to know that John will fight for critical social services as our next Commissioner.

“John understands the critical role county government plays in reaching out to those who need a helping hand. He also understands that first-class services are made possible by a vibrant economy. Put simply, John gets it.

“I am honored serve as a Social Services co-chair for the campaign, joining a veritable “Who’s Who” of endorsements for John O’Grady. It’s such a strong list of endorsements for a reason – John has the priorities that matter and the ability to create real change for our county.”

*Titles used for identification purposes only.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Paul Tipps talks about O'Grady's race

Here's what Paul Tipps, former Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party, had to say about the race for Franklin County Commissioner --

This election is about the cooperation of the future versus the division of the past. John is the only candidate who can work together with everyone to turn Democratic values into concrete action for the residents of Franklin County. That’s why he has the endorsement of the elected Democrats in Franklin County.”

Former ODP Chairs back O'Grady

In another sign of John O’Grady’s strength as the endorsed Democrat for Franklin County Commissioner, Team O’Grady today announced the endorsements of five former Ohio Democratic Party Chairs. The following former chairs join current ODP Chairman Chris Redfern in actively supporting John’s candidacy:

Bill Lavelle – 1971-1974
Paul Tipps – 1974-1982
Jim Ruvolo – 1983-1990
Gene Branstool – 1991-1993
Harry Meshel – 1993-1995

“My dad, Pete O’Grady, helped lead the party with these great Democrats. It’s an honor to know that they support me as part of the new generation of leadership in our county and in our party,” said John O’Grady.

These former ODP Chairs join an impressive list of community members, business leaders, and elected officials who support John O’Grady as the endorsed Democrat for Franklin County Commissioner.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Treasurer Rich Cordray endorses O'Grady

The endorsements keep rolling in!

In a strong sign of support, Ohio Treasurer Rich Cordray endorsed John O’Grady for Franklin County Commissioner today. John has previously announced the endorsements of the Franklin County Democratic Party and the Democratic elected officials of Central Ohio.

Treasurer Rich Cordray released the following statement in announcing her endorsement:

“John O’Grady is the perfect example of Central Ohio’s new generation of leadership. Some people talk about a bright future for families and workers. John delivers real results.

“Just look at what John has done as Clerk of Courts. In 2001, he took over an office full of political corruption and fraud. John also faced partisan attacks because he was the first Democratic Clerk of Courts in decades. Today, Republicans and Democrats agree that John O’Grady turned the office around because of his clear vision, strong leadership, and real cooperation.

“I wholeheartedly endorse John O’Grady because he is an effective leader with the experience that matters for Franklin County.”

A video endorsement from Ohio Treasurer Rich Cordray is now available online at

Monday, January 28, 2008

Former US, Ohio Treasurer Mary Ellen Withrow endorsed John!

Today Mary Ellen Withrow, Former Treasurer of the United States and Former Ohio Treasurer, endorsed John O’Grady in the Democratic primary for Franklin County Commissioner. In addition to her decades of public service, Withrow is well known as an advocate for women. She was a member of the board of directors for Women Executives in State Government, a recipient of that organization’s fellowship to Harvard University, and an inductee into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame.

Mary Ellen Withrow released the following statement in announcing her endorsement:

“I’ve had the good fortune of knowing John O’Grady for over twenty years. John is the kind of leader that recognizes public service is a privilege. When he takes on a job, he works in the best interest of the public and he always sees the job through. I strongly endorse John for Franklin County Commissioner because he has the proven ability to work with everyone to bring new jobs and opportunity to Franklin County.”

Bio of Mary Ellen Withrow, courtesy of the U.S. Treasury.
Mary Ellen Withrow was confirmed unanimously by the Senate to be the 40th Treasurer of the United States on February 10, 1994, and was sworn into office March 1, 1994. She served until January 20, 2001.

She was the first person to have held the post of treasurer at all three levels of government -- local, state and national.

She was elected Treasurer of her native Marion County, Ohio, in 1976 and 1980. She was then elected as Ohio State Treasurer in 1982 and re-elected in 1986 and 1990.

During her tenure as Ohio's Treasurer, Withrow's innovative programs, management efficiencies and record earnings for Ohio earned her nationwide recognition. In March 1992 she received the Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award from the Treasury's Joint Financial Management Improvement Program for financial excellence and improvement in government.

She was named the nation's Most Valuable State Public Official by City & State Newspaper in 1990. She is past president of the National Association of State Treasurers, and past president of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers.

Withrow, who began her career in public service in 1969 as the first woman elected to the Elgin Local School Board in Marion County, was a member of the board of directors of Women Executives in State Government, an inductee into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame and a recipient of a Women Executives in State Government fellowship to Harvard University. She currently serves on numerous national boards as well.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

O’Grady, Goodwin trade endorsements

Candidates for the U.S. Congress and the Franklin County Commission traded endorsements today. Both Russ Goodwin, candidate for OH-12, and John O’Grady, candidate for the Franklin County Commission, are endorsed by the Franklin County Democratic Party. In announcing their endorsements, the campaigns released the following statements:

Statement of Russ Goodwin endorsing John O’Grady for Franklin County Commissioner.

“John O’Grady has been a longtime advocate for a more successful, more diverse, and more inclusive Central Ohio family. I’m proud to endorse John because he is part of a new generation of leadership that will do more than talk about bringing people together – John will fight for our shared values and get real results for every person in Franklin County.”

Statement of John O’Grady endorsing Russ Goodwin for U.S. Congress (OH-12).

“Russ Goodwin is not only a Navy veteran and long-time Stonewall Dems leader. Russ is the kind of fresh voice we need in Washington. I urge the voters of Franklin County to support Russ on March 4th and send him to Congress on November 4th.”

Monday, January 21, 2008

John celebrates Dr. King's life

Today, John O'Grady celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King's life at several events, including the annual King breakfast and the King march.

John joined great friends like City Council member Hearcel Craig for this historic celebration.

As the endorsed Democrat for Franklin County Commissioner, John is firmly committed to equal rights for all Americans and will fight every day to make Dr. King's dream a reality right here in Franklin County.

Thanks to all our volunteers!

This Saturday, 3 dozen volunteers braved the sub-zero wind chill to get the word out about John O'Grady! Thanks so much to all our dedicated supporters and to the Franklin County voters who voiced overwhelming support for John in this race.

Like all political campaigns, this one will be won on the ground. And with our amazing Team O'Grady volunteers, we're well on our way to victory on Tuesday, March 4th.

(Couldn't make it out this weekend? Email us at volunteer -AT- johnogrady dot org to get involved. We have phonebanking and canvassing opportunities every single day!)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Join John this weekend

John is the endorsed Democrat for Franklin County Commissioner and we need to get that word out!

Saturday January 19,2008
9:00 AM
Franklin County Democratic Party

I hope you can join us 9am this Saturday--and every Saturday through March 1-- at the Franklin County Democratic Party Headquarters on State Street. We will do a training, then head out to the neighborhoods and survey Democrats, giving them the information they need to choose John O'Grady in the March 4 Primary Election (and November 4 General Election too!).

We go out to talk to voters in the rain, snow or sun. Because the only way to get people to vote beyond President in a Primary is to give them a reason.

John O'Grady is the reason. He will be walking with us, talking to Democrats, and locking in success to carry over into November. Please let me know if John can count on you this Saturday, January 19.

Kelli Arthur Hykes
Volunteer Coordination
O'Grady for Commissioner

PS If you can't make it on Saturdays, please contact to get a phone list and call voters in the evenings. If we don't do our part, Franklin County won't have the Commissioners we deserve!

BREAKING NEWS: Redfern endorsed O'Grady for Commissioner

Today John O’Grady for Franklin County Commissioner received the endorsement of Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern. The endorsement comes on the heels of O’Grady’s endorsement by the Franklin County Democratic Party and the personal support of Democratic elected officials from across Central Ohio.

In announcing his endorsement, Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“Like the Franklin County Democratic Party, I want to announce my support for John O’Grady in the Franklin County Commissioners race. John O’Grady has been a good and loyal friend to me and to the Ohio Democratic Party. John O’Grady will work to bring good paying jobs to central Ohio, and I am pleased to announce my support for his campaign.”

In response, John O’Grady released the following statement:

“I appreciate the support and friendship of our party’s state chairman, Chris Redfern. Like our statewide leaders Ted Strickland, Rich Cordray, Jennifer Brunner, Marc Dann, and Chris Redfern, I will bring a new generation of leadership to Franklin County.”

Friday, January 4, 2008

John officially files to run for Franklin County Commissioner

On Thursday, January 3, 2008, Franklin County Clerk of Courts John O’Grady filed petitions to run for the Franklin County Commission seat being vacated by Congressional candidate Mary Jo Kilroy. O’Grady’s campaign has received significant early support from Democratic officeholders and the Franklin County Democratic Party.

O’Grady remarked that he is proud of the endorsements he’s received, such as the support of the three current Commissioners – Mary Jo Kilroy, Paula Brooks, and Marilyn Brown. He is also honored to have the endorsements of Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman, who recently won re-election to a third term by beating his opponent by 40 points.

“As your next Franklin County Commissioner, I pledge to work with everyone – from township trustees and county officials to business and labor leaders – to bring good-paying jobs to Franklin County,” stated John O’Grady.

In the Democratic primary, O’Grady is an odds-on favorite, thanks to his strong fundraising and support from every Democratic official in Franklin County. Just as important is O’Grady’s endorsement by the Franklin County Democratic Party.

O’Grady says his race for Franklin County Commissioner is about one thing: jobs.

When John announced his candidacy, he said, “This election is about continuing the economic prosperity of Central Ohio, even as our state faces tough economic times. I’ve always believed that bringing people together is the best way to get real results for Franklin County.

John O’Grady was elected Franklin County Clerk of Courts in 2000. He was re-elected in 2004. Prior to serving as our Democratic Clerk of Courts, John worked as an administrator for State Treasurer Mary Ellen Withrow for nine years.

As Franklin County Clerk of Courts, John O’Grady took on the political corruption, lack of safety, instability, and inefficiency in the office. Thanks to John O’Grady’s leadership, employees at the Clerk of Courts are barred from contributing to his campaigns. Clerk of Courts staff now receive excellent customer service training and use new accounting procedures to improve accuracy and prevent fraud. John has also demonstrated strong leadership by working to make sure no tax dollars are wasted on the Case Management System.

John O'Grady has been actively involved in charitable organizations for a number of years. John is the past President and current member of the Board of Trustees of The Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio. John is a lector at his parish church, St. Brendans.

John O'Grady is married to Pam, Director of Legislative and Community Affairs for Mayor Coleman, and is the father of Elizabeth, Jack, and Patrick. John and Pam are expecting their fourth child.