KENTON — The Hardin County Democratic Party Presidents Day Luncheon will be at noon Saturday, Feb. 22, in the lower level of the Moose Lodge, 801 W. Lima St., Kenton.
The speakers will be former Ohio Secretary of State and current Judge Jennifer Brunner and Nick Rubando, candidate for Ohio’s U.S. House of Representatives District 5.
Donations will be $25 for adults and $15 for students at the door. To make a reservation or carryout, contact Michael Hubbell at 419-673-6346 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 15.
Judge Jennifer Brunner serves as one of 8 state appeals court judges of the Tenth District Court of Appeals located in Franklin County, Ohio; she previously served in elective office as a Common Pleas Judge (2000-2005) and Ohio Secretary of State (2007-2011).
In 2008 Brunner received the bipartisan John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, the nation’s most prestigious award for elected public servants, for what Caroline Kennedy called, “her dauntless commitment to the enfranchisement of every Ohio voter” while serving as Ohio’s Secretary of State.
In 2010, Judge Brunner was a candidate for the United States Senate. Previously, she was a principal at Brunner Quinn just prior to being elected to her current judicial position in 2014 and reelected without opposition in 2016. Having founded her law firm in 1988, Judge Brunner holds 17 years private law practice experience as well as state government experience in the Ohio Senate and the Secretary of State’s office as a staff attorney.
Judge Brunner has assisted foreign governments with rule of law and self-governance matters, including anti-corruption and judicial reform consulting in the Republic of Serbia, election observation in the Arab Republic of Egypt and providing legal training in the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Judge Brunner has been married since 1978 to attorney Rick Brunner, who grew up in Columbiana County in Northeast Ohio. They have three adult children and five grandchildren. Born in Springfield, Ohio, she spent her formative and adult years in Columbus, Ohio, graduating from Columbus public schools, from college at Miami University of Ohio, cum laude, and from law school at Capital University Law School with honors.
“My passion is fairness and protecting the rule of law. People have certain guaranteed rights in our democratic republic. As Secretary of State I protected their voting rights. As an Ohio Supreme Court justice I will protect all of their rights. There is not a Republican or Democratic way to fairness. I have observed in my years of public service that people appreciate and in fact prefer public servants who work for the people, regardless of party affiliation,” said Brunner.
For more information please visit her website: www.judgebrunner.com
Nick Rubando grew up in Holland, Ohio, a small working class town outside of Toledo. His father was a businessman, coach, and entrepreneur. He taught Nick the importance of hard-work and appreciating one’s community. His mother, an artist, hairdresser, and homemaker, instilled in him a respect for taking care of those who need it most. Politics became personal for Nick after his mother developed a pre-existing condition. For the first time, he could see how decisions made in Washington affect working Americans and families like his. Because of her illness, his mother was denied access to health insurance. Inspired by this injustice, Nick began his political career while he was studying journalism at Indiana University.
During the ‘08 Obama Campaign, he worked to register student voters, helping to flip Indiana from red to blue for the first time in nearly 50 years. His work, and the work of volunteers, voters, and supporters around the nation led to the first major health care reform initiative in decades. Nick recognizes that comprehensive and accessible health care is a right, not a privilege; he also knows that the fight is far from over. After graduation, Nick moved to California to work for a tech start-up. While in California, he noticed the environmental impacts a dense urban area has on our planet. He threw himself into environmental organizing, volunteering, and activism. Living with his young nieces, Nick saw that we must protect our environment for generations to come.
Turning his passion into political action, Nick worked as a field organizer on a successful congressional campaign in CA-25. Invigorated and inspired by the win, Nick moved back to Ohio and immersed himself in local politics. He was fed up with the big money in our political system. This corruption has lead to pollution in Lake Erie, inaction on the opioid crisis, and renewed attacks on the middle class. Nick is running because he believes we deserve better. Ohio deserves representatives that represent Ohioans, not corporate interests. Since starting his campaign in March of ‘19, Rubando has already received the endorsement from groups like Brand New Congress and the Lucas County Democratic Party. His campaign has nearly a thousand supporters who contribute their time, their money, and their energy to ensure he can flip the fifth and bring about a better future. For more information please visit his website: www.nickrubando.com