The Fayette County Democrat Party hosted a candidate meet and greet dinner Sunday, Aug. 26. The pot luck dinner had a great turnout and gave Fayette County residents a chance to meet Democrats Scott Dailey, candidate for Ohio State Senate District 17, and Beth Workman, candidate for House of Representatives District 92.
The evening started with Fayette County Democrat Committee Chair Judith Craig giving the invocation, followed by an introduction of the candidates. Residents enjoyed a buffet of homemade dishes and desserts, and a display of handcrafted ‘Blue Wave’ jewelry designed by Linda Curley. During the sociable gathering, Dailey and Workman mingled amongst the diners, listening to ideas, concerns, and getting to know fellow citizens. After a few door prizes were drawn, Workman was the first to speak to the cheerful crowd.
Workman spoke about her cherished years as a stay at home mother, followed by years as a dedicated teacher and educator. She then went on to emphasize important campaign issues. One of Workman’s strongest issues is education reform, including getting real funding for the education for Ohio’s students. This would also include allowing teachers to spend more time teaching children and less time on administrative testing, comparative testing, state testing, and more time on learning and having much needed down time. She strongly believes income inequality, drug addiction problems and systemic poverty can best be solved through proper education.
Workman also talked about being a champion for the working class of Ohio, stating this would encompass working for a better education system, more jobs and higher wages, and working towards better, more affordable health care for Ohioans, and opposes the privatization of the prison system. She then took questions from the audience, and was asked about her opinion on teachers with guns. Workman was emphatic that she very strongly believed in the sanctity of the 2nd Amendment, but absolutely did not agree with putting more guns in our schools or in the hands of teachers, who work hard to teach.
Dailey then spoke to the lively audience about his experience in the local Plumber & Pipefitters Union and his support of unions and their ability to allow Ohio workers to make a living wage. Dailey also spoke at length about the need for more accountability in the education system, including a real study on the actual cost per student. He also explained the need for approving a direct funded education budget verses a residual funded budget, wherein education currently only receives the “left over monies” once other department budgets are approved.
Dailey conveyed his support for working families of Ohio through better education, improved job opportunities with higher living wages, and expanded access to health care with more affordability. With questions from the crowd, he also expressed his sincere respect for Senator John McCain, for his service to our country and his character and integrity in his service in Congress. Dailey also committed to advancing Democrat values in the State Senate while also working in a bipartisan manner, when needed, to assure that Ohioans get a functional government that is working for all of them.
Scott Dailey and Beth Workman both are endorsed by the Ohio Democrat Party. Dailey is also endorsed by OCSEA #11 and AFSCME #8, Planned Parenthood and NARAL. Workman is endorsed by Columbus Building Trades Council, Ohio Association of Public School Employees, AFSCME Ohio Council 8, AFSCME Retiree Chapter 1184, OEA/NEA, Laborers Local 423, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and Gun Sense Candidate.
The evening concluded with a fun live auction, a silent auction, and a room full of delighted diners chatting with candidates, Scott Dailey and Beth Workman. The event was planned and hosted by the local Fayette County Democrat Party. Anyone interested in volunteering, or for comments or questions, the headquarters is located at 153 S. Main St., Suite 1, Washington C.H., or they can be reached by phone at 740-620-4101.