Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Opening the Madison County Democratic Party headquarters in
downtown London on Aug. 4 are: (from left) Icle Davis, vice
chairman of the Democratic Central Committee, Connie Crockett,
Tom Buscemi and Roger D. Tackett.
Messenger photo by Mike Munden
The Madison County Republican Party opened an elections headquarters in downtown London on Aug. 5. On hand were: (from left) Bob Hackett, Chris Widener, Steve Pronai, Chuck Reed, Republican Central Committee chairman Pete Kitchen, Marie Parks, Mark Forrest, Shag Stidham, Glenn Hamilton, Bob Ringland, David Brand and Jim Sabin.
In preparation for the November election, the Madison County Democratic and Republican central committees have opened party headquarters in downtown London.
The Democrats have set up shop at 22 S. Main St., formerly Buckley’s deli. A grand opening was held Aug. 4.
The headquarters concept is not new for the Democrats. They manned an office in Plain City in 2004 and in London in 2006. A public presence is especially essential for the upcoming election, said Joanna Morris, treasurer of the Democratic Central Committee.
“It’s important this year because we want voters to be able to get the infor-mation they need to pick their candidates,” Morris said. The committee chose to locate the headquarters in London because it is the county seat and a central location.
The office will be manned by Central Committee volunteers and paid regional organizers of the Barack Obama and Mary Jo Kilroy campaigns. The hours will be noon to 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.
“We will use the space for phone banking and for people to stop in and pick up literature about certain candidates,” Morris said.
For more information, contact Demo-cratic Central Committee chairman Kevin Stockham at 740-857-1417 or Joanna Morris at 614-879-5671.
The Republican Central Committee has set up headquarters for the first time. They are located at 1 S. Main St., on the southwest corner of Main and High streets in a former bank building. A grand opening was held Aug. 5.
“We think Ohio is going to be like it was in the last presidential election. We want more of a presence because of that,” said Pete Kitchen, Republican Central Committee chairman. The committee chose the Main and High location for its high visibility.
The office will be open on Saturdays and manned by central committee volunteers.
“It will be a place where people can pick up yard signs, bumper stickers and information,” Kitchen said. “It could be a stopping point for candidates, too.”
For more information, contact Pete Kitchen at 614-879-7044, secretary Steve Saltsman at 740-852-3115, or treasurer Gladys Griffith at 740-852-0270. Jerry Alcott serves as the committee’s vice chairman.