All eyes will be fixed on Ohio this November with the Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety amendment on the ballot. We’ll also be voting on who sits on our local school boards and the legalization of marijuana. It may be an odd year, but it’s not an off year—these elections have a huge impact on our everyday lives!

Sometimes, especially in odd years, races have been decided by just one or two votes. Really, we’ve seen it happen! That’s why it’s so important for us to vote, vote down the whole ticket, and to share election information with everyone we know and get them to the polls, too. So let’s get you ready to vote in November!

Your reproductive freedom is on the ballot this November! And the stakes couldn’t be any higher!

That’s right, you literally get to vote to protect reproductive rights! We are the only state in the country that put reproductive rights on the ballot this November, thanks to the 700,000+ Ohio voters who signed the petition to get this constitutional amendment onto the ballot. Issue 1 will enshrine reproductive rights in our state constitution, including protecting access to safe abortion care, miscarriage management, infertility treatments, and birth control. Extremists have pulled out all the stops to try to defeat this measure, including writing misleading and confusing language to appear on the ballot. Remember that no matter what they put on the ballot, we know what the amendment actually says and you can read it here. Make sure you vote YES on Issue 1 to keep government out of our families’ personal decisions. You can learn more about Issue 1 by clicking here.

Our kids’ education is at risk by extremist school board candidates!

School boards are an important part of the local community. They control the school district budget, hire the superintendent, and make educational policy. School board elections have a huge impact on our everyday lives, but often, they don’t get strong voter turnout.  Every vote will matter this year because in Ohio, there are many school districts with extremists running for school board.

Parenting is hard enough – we’re done letting extremists who want to ban books, censor school curriculums, and target families of LGBTQ+ children with political attacks try to control our public education system. It is so important to elect school board members who support public education and who will keep our schools safe and welcoming for all children. You can learn more about some of the races below.


If we’re going to make sure everyone’s vote counts, it’s important to know all our voting options along with voting deadlines and schedules. Share this information with everyone you know – and don’t forget any young people in your life who turn 18 soon and will be eligible to vote by election day!

  • Deadline to Register to Vote: October 10, 2023, Boards open until 9:00 p.m.
  • Absentee Voting:
    • Military and Overseas Absentee Voting: Begins September 22, 2023.
    • Absentee Voting By Mail: Begins October 11, 2023.
    • Absentee Ballot Applications: must be received by 8:30 p.m. on October 31, 2023. You can find the application here
    • Absentee Ballots may be returned by mail or personally delivered to your county board of elections. 
      • If returned by mail, must be postmarked on or before November 6, 2023 and received by November 13, 2023. 
      • If not returned by mail, must be received by November 7, 2023 by 7:30 p.m.  
  • Early In-Person Voting: Begins October 11, 2023 and includes the Saturday and Sunday before Election Day. Hours vary by day so make sure you visit the Ohio state voting page for more information on early voting hours and locations near you.  
  • Election Day Voting: November 7, 2023, Polls Open 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Learn more at VoteOhio.gov


Vote YES on Issue 1 – The Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety.

A yes vote protects our right to access safe abortion care, miscarriage management, infertility treatment and birth control. We have to pass Issue 1 to stop extremists from enacting a full abortion ban in our state. Vote YES on Issue 1 to keep government out of our families’ personal decisions.

Click here to read the full amendment.

Vote YES on Issue 1.


We need common sense school board members who will stand up against the loud, extremist minority causing chaos in our schools. Our kids deserve the freedom to learn real information that sets them up for success, safe from bullying and violence. Success comes from learning, not banning books about Martin Luther King, Jr. and targeting the families of LGBTQ children with cruel political attacks. 

Find your school district below to learn which school board candidates support common sense and community, not chaos and hate.

✅ Candidates with a green check mark next to their name support fully-funded public schools and honest, accurate education in a safe and respectful environment that sets every child up for success.

❌ Candidates with a red “x” next to their name are endorsed by extremist groups such as Moms for Liberty and 1776 Project and/or support extremist policies such as banning books, censoring school curriculums, and putting weapons of war in our classrooms.

Note: Not all Ohio races are included in this list. Red Wine & Blue is working on the ground in these key races with the most extreme candidates.

Big Walnut Local School District

✅ Stephen P. Fujii

✅ Todd Smith

❌ Brandon G Hoge

❌ Zack Duffy

Berea City School District

✅ Cori Farris

✅ Katie Michal

✅ Rick Mack

❌ Larry Gabbard

❌ Steve Cika

❌ Keith Simmons

Cincinnati Public Schools

✅ Eve Bolton

✅ Bryan Cannon

✅ Ben Lindy

✅ Kendra Mapp

❌ Paul Schiele

Dublin City School District

✅ Heather Tubbs-Cooley

✅ Amy Messick

✅ Diva Sony

❌ Kearney Lykins

❌ Darby Everhart

Forest Hills Local School District

✅ Wendy Biederman

✅ Jason Simmons

❌ Kevin Comerford

❌ Ken Kuhn

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools

✅ Daphne Moehring

✅ Beryl Brown Piccolantonio

❌ John Dooley

❌ Cynthia Lampkins

Hilliard City Schools

✅ Kelley Arnold

✅ Brian Perry

❌ Kate Lemaster

Lake Local Schools

✅ Deborah Cain

❌ Randall Bear

❌ Stacy Hoffman

Lakota Local School District

✅ Doug Horton

✅ Julie Shaffer

❌ Lynda O’Conner

❌ Russ Loges

Lebanon City School District

✅ Esther Larson
❌ Michelle Berry

Loveland City Schools

✅ Lynn Mangan

❌ Linda Cecil

Mentor Exempted Village School District

✅ Lyndsie Wall

✅ Lauren Marchaza

❌ Rose Ioppolo

❌ Gil Martello

Miamisburg City Schools

✅ Katherine Wincheck

❌ Scott Taylor

❌ Jason Edward Mowery

New Albany-Plain Local Schools

✅ Jennifer Fuller

✅ Joe Quigley

✅ Mark Wilson

❌ Alex Bilchak

❌ Michael Verlingo

North Canton City Schools

✅ Lyndsey Wyckoff

❌ Shawn Gniazdowski

❌ Bruce Hunt

North Royalton City Schools

✅ John Higgins

✅ Jackie Arendt

✅ Christina May

❌ Mirona Florian

❌ Mike Telep

❌ Jim Confer

Northwest Local School District (Stark County)

✅ Bryan Bowman

✅ Rita Gearhart

❌ Julia Barkey

❌ Josh Weygandt

Plain Local School District

✅ Eugene Cazantzes

✅ Monica Rose Gwin

❌ Ralph Case

❌ Dan Wales

South-Western City School District

✅ Anthony Caldwell

✅ Lee Schreiner

❌ Denise D’Angelo Steele

❌ Julie Liskany

Strongsville City Schools

✅ Michelle Bissel

❌ Jeff Johansen

❌ Beverly Jones

Upper Arlington Schools

✅ Jenny McKenna

✅ Sumia Mohamed

✅ Liz George Stump

✅ Lori Trent

❌ Glen Dugger

❌ Ruth Edmonds

Westerville City School District

✅ Jennifer Aultman

✅ Louise Valentine

❌ Diane Jones

Worthington City Schools

✅ Amber Epling

✅ Stephanie Harless

❌ Leah Breakey

❌ Erik Farley

Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools

✅ Jaime Shatsman
❌ Ryan DiFranco
❌ Denise Verdi

Xenia Community City School District

✅ Zavaan Johnson
❌ Jeremy Cox

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