During the Ohio Democratic Party State Dinner on Thursday evening, State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) received the party’s Gertrude W. Donahey Award. Every year, Ohio Democrats present the award to a Democratic woman who exhibits exceptional dedication to public service.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper presented Rep. Clyde with the award, underscoring her career commitment to ensuring access to the ballot for all Ohio voters.
“For years, Representative Kathleen Clyde has fiercely and tirelessly fought for every Ohioans’ right to vote,” said Pepper. “And even though we are outnumbered in Columbus, she has been victorious again and again. Whether it was stopping efforts to suppress college voters, or helping prove that Husted’s purge of registered voters was illegal, she has fought, and she has won. Ohio voters owe her a debt of gratitude.”
Since 2009, when Republican lawmakers and Secretary of State Jon Husted began chipping away at access to the ballot in Ohio, Rep. Clyde has been a steadfast advocate for voters. Rep. Clyde’s expertise has allowed her to effectively speak out against Republicans’ many attacks on the ballot and garner meaningful advances for voters.
Gertrude W. Donahey was Ohio’s first woman elected to statewide office. Award recipients embody the same spirit and dedication to service as this Ohio trailblazer.
“I’m honored and humbled to have received this award from my fellow Democrats,” said Rep. Clyde. “The right to vote is the very foundation of our democracy. I’m dedicated to upholding this sacred right and ensuring that every Ohioan has fair and equal access to the ballot.”
Rep. Clyde is in her third term in the Ohio House of Representatives. An attorney specializing in voting rights issues and a former election official, she is ranking member on the House committee that handles voting issues in Ohio.