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Learn more about Central Committee

What is central committee and why does it matter?

  • Central committee members are immensely influential and are the real party establishment.
  • They select the party leadership, approve the party bylaws, and vote to endorse the party’s candidates.
  • In Ohio, generally, one person per precinct can serve on a party’s central committee.
  • Central committee members are elected in the primary in ‘neighborhood’ elections that are very easy to enter and win.
  • Due to lack of awareness, many central committee positions go unfilled or are elected unopposed.
  • Serving on central committee requires an average time commitment of less than an hour or two per month.

Learn more about central committee at these links,

(Free!) Download the first chapter of the book, ‘RIGGED: How the Establishment Controls Elections and How the Citizens Can Take Them Back.‘ by Ted Stevenot

Read the four part series of articles, ‘Ten Things You Need to Know About Central Committee‘ by Ann Becker

Ann Becker.com

Download, ‘Project Gavel‘ by Rick Herron

Project Gavel

Watch Ohio Precinct Project’s central committee training videos at this link.

Write-in candidates for county central committee – Filing deadline January 4th

Ohio FlagIf you missed the December 16th deadline to file to run for county central committee in the 2016 Ohio primary, there still may be a way to get yourself (or others you are recruiting) elected to central committee.

In many precincts, as usual, NO candidate will have filed to run for 2016. These precincts can be won by people who file as write-in candidates.

Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Call your local BOE (directory) and ask whether there is central committee election in your area during the 2016 primary.
  2. If there is an election, ask whether anyone filed to run in your precinct.
  3. If no one filed, ask how to file as a write-in candidate.
  4. File as a write-in.
  5. Vote for yourself on Election Day.
  6. Win.

When you vote, make sure that you write your name the same way on both the petition to file and your primary ballot. Invite a few friends to vote for you as well, just to be safe.

To be a valid write-in candidate, you must file a “Form No. 13” with your BOE. This form must be filed by 4 p.m. January 4th. (For more information see the 2016 Ohio Elections Calendar.)

As always, ask your local BOE to clarify and answer any questions you may have about running for county central committee.