ANNOUNCEMENT 12/6/2018: At last night's meeting of the Central Committee, Chairman Dean DePerro laid out the ground rules for selecting a new Commissioner to fill the unexpired term being vacated by Mike Kerrigan.
Whoever the Committee selects will be seated prior to the Commissioners' first meeting of 2019, and will run for - and win - a new term in that seat in 2020.
All interested applicants should submit a letter stating as much, addressed to the Central Committee c/o Chairman DePerro, which must be received no later than Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 5pm. The letter should be submitted electronically to, and copied to Secretary Cindy Greene at It can also be sent in hard copy to P.O. Box 729, Ravenna, OH 44266.
A meeting will take place December 20, 2018, 6pm at Maplewood Career Center to select a new Commissioner from the pool of applicants (location to be determined in the coming days). All applicants will have an opportunity to address the Central Committee at that meeting prior to a vote.
All applicants will also be vetted by a special committee appointed for that purpose by the Chair, at a time and place to be determined before the meeting.
Any questions should be directed to the Chair at the email address provided above.
We would like to thank Commissioner Kerrigan for his service, and wish him the best in his future endeavors. We look forward to selecting a successor who has the vision and energy to put #PeopleFirst in Portage County, and keep moving our community forward.

Portage County Democratic Party

Who we are.

We are the representatives of the citizens of Portage County, who elect us as members of the Central Committee at Democratic primary elections according to the laws of the state of Ohio. 

What we believe.

We believe in putting people first in all we do, and support a "Blueprint for Ohio" that includes living wages, affordable health care, opportunities for education and advancement, fighting for women and minorities, and electing leaders we can trust. 

What we do.

We work to elect to public office the candidates endorsed by the Democratic Party, encourage citizens to participate in our government, and promote the principles of the Democratic Party.

Where we are.

We operate voter education exhibits at the County Fair, Heritage Day, the Balloon-A-Fair and other community events. Our office is located at 210 S. Meridian St., Ravenna, OH 44266.