Saturday, February 20, 2021


The members and officers of the Shelby Area Democratic Club welcome you to our website. And we welcome you to attend our monthly meetings. The club meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. For the time being, we meet using the Zoom meeting platform. To get the link for a meeting, send a request to by 12:00 noon on the day of the meeting. Our meetings usually begin with a speaker in an informal, conversational setting. We then have our monthly business meeting. All Democrats and people of goodwill are welcome to attend.

Friday, February 19, 2021

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan address local dems...


SHELBY – U.S. Representative Tim Ryan spoke Thursday night to a joint gathering of the Shelby Area Democratic Club and the Ashland County Democratic Central Committee. Mr. Ryan serves the people of Ohio’s northeastern 13th Congressional District as their member of the House of Representatives. Over 3 dozen people from Ashland, Morrow, Richland, and Wayne counties heard his presentation via Zoom.

Congressman Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families not only in his 13th District but also across Ohio. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and was sworn in on January 3, 2003. Successfully reelected nine times, he is now serving in his tenth term. Congressman Ryan currently serves as a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee which controls the expenditure of money by the federal government.

In his opening remarks, Rep. Ryan asked the question “Where does the party go from here? He offered these answers:

  • The pandemic has brought many issues and disparities that have existed for a long time out into the open.”

  • The pandemic has also brought many essential workers to positions of further appreciation.”

  • We want to be the ‘post-pandemic’ party – we cannot let these issues brought to light fade away.”

  • We need to be the party of the future.”

During the town-hall style question-and-answer session, USW Local 3057 president Norm Shoemaker thanked Rep. Ryan for cosponsoring the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which would boost the eroded rights of working men and women, and asked about its chances of passage. In response, the congressman stated, “We need more union membership if we’re gonna balance out the extreme concentration of wealth in the country. We’ve got to rebuild the middle class in this nation. We want to make sure that workers get a piece of the action.” Mr. Ryan believes the legislation will pass the House but isn’t sure about the Senate.

Rep. Ryan began his career in politics as a congressional aide with the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995 and later served as an intern for the Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office. He holds a law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University. Ryan was born on July 16, 1973, in Niles, Ohio, and currently resides in Howland, Ohio, with his wife Andrea and three children.

It’s no secret that Rep. Ryan is considering a run in 2022 for the U.S. Senate for Ohio’s open seat. When asked about the timetable for an announcement, he said, “I’m very, very interested in the Senate. I’ll keep you posted for sure.”

The entirety of Congressman Ryan’s remarks can be viewed at

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Shelby Area Dems organize "Do It Yourself Parade"...

On Saturday, Oct. 31, local Dems and candidates visited neighborhoods all across Shelby.


Thursday, August 20, 2020

State school board candidate Christina Collins addresses Shelby area voters...

SHELBY – Dr. Christina Collins, PhD, recently spoke via Zoom to a group of Shelby and Richland County voters. She is a candidate for the State Board of Education. Her name will appear on the November general election ballot.

“I am an educator,” Dr. Collins told the gathering. “I was a high school English teacher, and then I went to work at OSU for a bit, then moved up to Medina to become a district level administrator for the last eight years.”

During her remarks to the gathering, Dr. Collins addressed two specific issues: school funding and what she described as “out of control” standardized testing.

“What I have to offer right now is that I am innovative, that I’m a critical thinker, that I’m a problem solver,” added Dr. Collins.

Dr. Collins is running to represent the 5th State School Board District. It is an expansive district that includes all of Richland, Ashland, Wayne, and Medina counties and parts of Holmes, Stark, Summit, and Cuyahoga counties.

“I plan to be accessible,” explained Dr. Collins. “As a public servant, my role is to make sure I’m representing a general consensus from across (the district’s) diversity.”

Voters can learn more about Dr. Collins at Her Facebook page is DrCollins4StateBoard.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Local Dems participate in Shelby Bicycle Days parade...

Richland County Democrats comprised a major part of the 2020 Shelby Bicycle Days parade.  Participating were Kristen Pscholka-Gartner, candidate for Probate Court judge; Rollie Harper, candidate for Juvenile Court judge; and the Shelby Area Democratic Club.

Club members were "ridin' with Biden" since the float featured a life-sized cardboard cut-out of former Vice President Joe Biden, the next President of the United State.

"Our float was well received along the parade route," commented club president Garland Gates. "One woman shouted, 'Oh, look!' and started to applaud when she saw Joe Biden."

The parade route this year was very different.  The parade started on Technology Parkway and traveled East and West Main Streets to Penwell Turner Funeral Home. This change enabled parade viewers to enjoy the parade and maintain social distancing along the way.

With but one exception, Republican candidates were AWOL from the event.

2020 Shelby Bicycle Days parade pics...

Kirsten Pscholka-Gartner is running for Probate Judge.

Rollie Harper will be our next Juvenile Court Judge.

Ted, Nancy, Gail & Patti put together an outstanding Shelby Area Democratic Club float.

This donkey always participates in local parades.

Gail & Garland are ridin' with Biden!

Monday, December 31, 2018

The origin of the Shelby Area Democratic Club...

For nearly 50 years, the Shelby Area Democratic Club has played an active role in local politics. Here is an excerpt from the group's very first meeting minutes from July 11, 1968:

The first get together of the Shelby Democrats was held on July 11-1968. A picnic at Seltzer Park consisted of a covered dish furnished by each one attending.

Thirty people enjoyed a discussion on the possibility of forming a Democratic club in the Shelby area.

The first officers were elected in September of that year. They were president James Moorehead, first vice president L.D. Ball, second vice president Lonzie McKenzie, recording secretary Mary Stine, and treasurer Thomas Yetzer.

Thanks to those local Democratic pioneers who laid a firm foundation for our club! We owe them a debt of gratitude for a job well done.