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Joyce Beatty

Columbus, Ohio


Background: Married to Otto Beatty, a Columbus attorney and former state representative, she has two stepchildren.
*She earned her B.A. in Speech, Central State University; M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Wright State University; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati.




Political Involvement: She has been serving in the state legislature since 1999 and this is her final 4th term. (Ohio has term limit laws)
*She is a member of the Democratic Women's Caucus; Ohio Legislative Black Caucus; United Negro College Fund; NAACP; Delta Sigma Theta; The Links, Inc.; Urban League; American Society of Training and Development. Joyce Beatty is currently the House Minority Leader and state representative from House District 27, encompassing Franklin County, Ohio University campus, and 110-115,000 people living in Columbus.




Superdelegate Status: Ms. Beatty is a super delegate based on her house leadership and long time political activism within the Democratic Party. She has been a super delegate in the last two presidential cycles.
Interview with her press spokesperson, Phil Saken:
*"Betty is like Switzerland. She remains nuetral in this race."
*Saken says that Representative Beatty remains on the fence and likes both Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton.
*"Joyce has been contacted personally by both Hillary and Barack, twice! The calls from every major newspaper in America, and the BBC to find out who she is endorsing have been coming in fast and furious."
*I caught up with Mr. Saken while he was ordering lunch in Columbus.
*Saken echoed Representative Beatty's statements to other news operations saying, "She's a leader in the minority community. She knows her endorsement could influence others and she wants them to vote for their preference and not be swayed by others. She's a woman and an African American and so no matter who wins, she feels real good about the race. There's no way she is going to commit before the primary [Ohio, March 4 Primary] and I have no idea when she will commit."
*Representative Beatty has not conducted a poll in her district to test the waters of her constituents but will be watching the results carefully.




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William Burga

Columbia, Ohio


Basic Bio
* Past chairman of the Ohio AFL-CIO and at the present is waiting before making his decision of which candidate to support. http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=burga+&fname=william&search=Search
http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2008/02/17/ddn021708superdelegatesinside.html
* Ohio AFL-CIO president stepping down. del.icio.us
* Apr. 11--As the son of a Belmont County coal miner who later became a steelworker, Burga has union in his blood. But it wasn't until he went to work at Timken Steel in Canton when he was 18 that Burga said he learned the real meaning of "union man." "Everyone needs to be represented in the workplace," he said, "rather than just doing what the boss says, right or wrong, safe on unsafe. It's a dangerous place. Without a union, you might be dead." ... http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-161871634.html
* Age: 70
* Occupation: Retired
* Family: Divorced, twice. Four children, three grandchildren http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?ID=351174


Political interests and issues
* Ohio AFL-CIO
* Experience: Steelworker, Timken Roller Bearing Plant, Canton, 1955; Jones & Lauglin Steel, Louisville, 1958; treasurer (1960, 1962), president 1964, 1967, local Steelworkers Union; first vice president, Canton AFL-CIO, 1969; president, Marion County AFL-CIO, 1972-1982; president, Massillon AFL-CIO, 1987; president, Ohio AFL-CIO, 1993-2007. http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?ID=351174


Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Burga of Columbus, Ohio, USA, is chairman of the Ohio AFL-CIO. Served as an unpledged delegate on the Ohio delegation to the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Is a member of the Democratic NationalCommittee. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Burga


Involvement in the 2008 Election
* Burga, meanwhile, is not taking a position until the AFL-CIO offers one. "I always follow their recommendation," he said. "And if they stay neutral at some point I'll have to decide who I'll be supporting."
* Unlike Goubeaux, Burga wouldn't mind being the decision-maker. "I would like it to come down to me," he said. "I would like to sit down and negotiate a good deal for the working people." http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2008/02/17/ddn021708superdelegatesinside.html


Contributions to Candidates
* In March, 2007 Burga made a $1,000 donation to John Edwards campaign,
* In January, 2004, $2,000 to John Kerry's campaign
* In January, 2004, $2,000 to Dick Gephart's campaign.


Previous Campaign Work and Experience
* Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1996; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2000, 2004; member of Democratic National Committee from Ohio, 2004. http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/burditt-burges.html


Connections to Politicians, Leaders on State Level
* As a strong union rep, Mr. Burga has worked with many Ohio leaders from both parties. http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?ID=351174

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Enid Goubeaux

Ohio


Basic Bio
* Goubeaux is a real estate investor in Greeneville, Ohio.

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Served as chair of the Darke County Democratic Party.


Involvement in 2008 Election - Campaign Appearances, Statements
* Received a phone call from Bill Clinton, but is refusing to pledge her support for one candidate or the other, saying that "the process needs to go on a bit so we know what the voters want." http://www.mgwashington.com/index.php/news/article/ohio-superdelegates-phones-ring-off-the-hook/559/


Contributions to Candidates
* Has contributed regularly to the Democratic National Committee, John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign and the Ohio Democratic Party. http://www.city-data.com/elec/elec-GREENVILLE-OH.html

Previous Campaign Work
* County chair of Bill Clinton's campaign in 1992.
* Because she was a Clinton delegate in 1996 and has ties to the Clinton camp that "run deep," Buckeye State Blog pegs her as a Clinton pledge. http://www.buckeyestateblog.com/ohios_super_delegate_invisible_primary


Other Information
* Described herself in one article as a "very small fish in a very big pond."
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/02/17/supers.ART_ART_02-17-08_A1_RB9CN0L.html?sid=101

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Mark L. Mallory
68th Mayor of Cincinnati, 2005 - present
Ohio

Basic Bio

* Born April 4th, 1962,
* Was sworn in as the 68th Mayor of the City of Cincinnati on December 1, 2005, marking the first time in 70 years that Cincinnati has elected a mayor not previously a member of city council and the first direct election of an African American mayor in Cincinnati history.
* Mayor Mallory was born and raised in the West End of Cincinnati and graduated from both the Cincinnati Academy of Math and Science and the University of Cincinnati, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative management. http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/mayor/pages/-3052-/

Political interests and issues

* Mayor Mallory's focus as mayor has largely been on making government more accessible and citizen friendly. In his first term, his priorities have included enhancing public safety, encouraging economic development, improving public transportation and protecting the environment
* In the Ohio senate, Mallory was a leading advocate for prison reform issues, chairing the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee providing oversight of Ohio prisons.
* Mayor Mallory has demonstrated lengthy commitment to bipartisan relationships and unification. http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/mayor/pages/-3052-/
* Mayor Mallory is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a bi-partisan group with the stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets" co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/about/members.shtml

Involvement in the Democratic Party

* Mayor of Cincinnati, 2005 - present
* Served 10+ years in the Ohio General Assembly
* Served 4 years in the Ohio House, replacing his father who retired following three decades in the legislature
* Elected to Ohio Senate in 1998; Assistant Minority Leader of the Senate

Pledged Status Has this superdelegate pledged support to either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton? If so, when and why?

* Cincinnati's only Democratic "super-delegate," Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, ended months of courting by both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, by endorsing the Illinois senator just before he came on stage for a rally at the Fifth Third Center on February 25, 2008. He joins fellow in Ohio Superdelegates Sonny Nardi and David Wilhelm in supporting Senator Obama. http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/gov/2008/02/obama-campaigns-in-cincinnati.asp
* During the February 25th "Keeping America's Promise" Rally at the University of Cincinnati, Mayor Mallory made the following statement disclosing and expanding upon his support for Senator Obama:

"Barack Obama is inspiring and exciting people in Cincinnati in way I haven't seen before, bringing new people into the political process because they believe in his message that when we come together, anything is possible," Mayor Mallory said. "We know the challenges we face are steep--finally providing a quality education for every child; making sure that every American has health care. But we also know that with the right leadership, we can put the partisanship and the special interests aside and finally make progress again for working people. I'm endorsing Barack Obama today for the same reason that so many Cincinnatians are supporting him: because we know he's the candidate who can bring about the change we need." http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/gov/2008/02/mallorys-statement-on-obama.asp

Involvement in the 2008 Election

* Mayor Mallory appeared at Obama's "Keeping America's Promise" rally

Family's Involvement in Politics, the Democratic Party

* In 1995, the Mallory family was honored as the Black Family Reunion's "Family of the Year."
* Mayor Mallory is the son of former Ohio House of Representatives Majority Leader William L. Mallory, Sr., brother of Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge William L. Mallory, Jr., brother of Ohio State Representative Dale Mallory and brother of former Vice-Mayor of Forest Park Joe Mallory. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Mallory

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Ronald Malone
Ohio

Basic Bio

* Malone is the former Ohio director of AFSCME United and now works as director of political action at OAPSE (Ohio Association of Public School Employees).
* Lives in Columbus (Franklin County)

Involvement in the Democratic Party

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Delegate for Ohio to the Democratic National Convention in 2000 and 2004. http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/malloy-malone.html

Involvement in 2008 Election -- Campaign Appearances, Statements

*
Malone is backing Clinton. http://www.akronnewsnow.com/news/itemdetail.asp?ID=16621┬žion=news&subsection=politicsnews
* Buckeye State Blog says that his Clinton backing would be in line with the broad support Clinton has received from unions involved with public schools. http://www.buckeyestateblog.com/ohios_super_delegate_invisible_primary

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Rhine McLin
Mayor of Columbus, Ohio

Location: Dayton, OH

Background: Dayton, OH native, Mayor Rhine McLin received a B.A. in sociology and secondary education from Parsons College in Iowa and a Master of Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, She taught Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency and Race Relations at Central State University West in 1997. She is also a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for McLin Funeral Home in Dayton.

Political Involvement: In January 2002, Mayor McLin became Dayton's 67th mayor, the first female Mayor of Dayton, and its third African American Mayor in the city's history. She previously served six years in the Ohio House of Representatives, from 1988 to 1994, and was elected state senator for the 5th Ohio Senate District in 1994.

Superdelegate Status: As Mayor of one of Ohio's largest cities, McLin is a superdelegate.
*Her assistant, Angela Freeman, told Huffingtonpost:
*"Mayor McLin is uncommitted and doesn't have any plans to make an endorsement before the primary."
*As an African American and woman, Mayor McLin has admitted to "being torn" by the choice looming in her near future.
*Mayor McLin told the Dayton Daily News, "Whenever I declare, that means I've got to go to work," and the "city's got me busy enough."

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Patricia Moss

Ohio

Basic Bio
* Bachelor of Arts Ohio University, Ohio- Government, History 1965 - 1969
* Juris Doctor Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Ohio, Labor Law 1978 - 1981
* Was a vice president of the Ohio AFL-CIO 1991-2001.
* Formerly an administrative specialist in the Cuyahoga County Department of Human Services, Moss began her AFSCME career in 1972 as a staff representative, rising steadily in her career in the AFSCME. http://www.zoominfo.com/search/PersonDetail.aspx?PersonID=69671199
* Moss is the retired president of AFSCME Ohio Council 8, AFL-CIO. Ohio Council 8 represents over 42,000 public sector, not-for-profit organization and other employees who work in cities, counties, universities, hospitals, schools, child care and other public service sectors.
* Was with AFSCME in various capacities for 38 years. She began her service as a full-time officer when she was elected first vice president of the Council 8 in 1991. She moved to the union's highest position in January of 2001.
* Prior to her retirement in September, 2006, also served as an International Vice President of AFSCME, AFL-CIO, a vice president of the Ohio AFL-CIO, and the chair of the Ohio AFSCME Care Plan, a jointly administered benefits trust fund with 50,000 covered lives.
* Currently, is the owner/operator of SynergyWorks, a small business consulting firm. http://www.congoo.com/profile/Patricia-Moss

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Has been a member Democratic National Committee since September 2004 http://www.congoo.com/profile/Patricia-Moss

Personal Poltical Interests and Issues
* Is active in environmental issues and progressive politics and is a member of the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party's executive committee. http://www.congoo.com/profile/Patricia-Moss

Pledged Support
* Currently supports Clinton, "AFSCME has had a strong presence in supporting Hillary's Ohio campaign already (notably bussing Clinton supporters to the OH-15 pre-primary caucus). Currently I expect Moss to break for Team Clinton." http://www.buckeyestateblog.com/ohios_super_delegate_invisible_primary

Contributions to Candidates
* In Q1-2008, contributed $330 to John Edwards http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=Moss&fname=Patricia

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Chris Redfern
Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party
Columbus, Ohio


Background: Born in South Bend, Indiana in 1964, Mr. Redfern received his BA from Bowling Green State University in 1988 and an MA from Bowling Green State University in 1990. He is married. He was a contractor prior to entering politics fulltime.




Political Involvement: Mr. Redfern served 5 terms as a representative from Ohio House District 80, starting in 1998. He became the Minority Leader in the Ohio House of Representatives. He became chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party in December 2005, and served as the Ohio state chairman for John Edwards' 2004 Democratic presidential nomination campaign.




Superdelegate Status: As chairman of the state Democratic Party, Mr. Redfern is one of Ohio's 21 superdelegates and confirmed that he will remain "uncommitted" despite both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama seeking his support as a superdelegate.
*Mr. Redfern told the Dayton Daily News that most of the superdelegates in his state will listen to their constituencies before they weigh in.
*"Just because the mainstream press hasn't paid attention to the process in 25 years doesn't mean you throw it out the door," he told the Dayton Daily News. He was confident that Ohio superdelegates will support whomever Ohio voters support on primary day.
*Beyoung his superdelegate vote, Mr. Redfern will be appointing 2 new superdelegates before the Democratic National Convention in Denver later this summer. His decision will most likely indicate which candidate he prefers.
*Rumor on the ground in Ohio: Mr. Redfern is close to the Clinton camp, but whether his personal relationship with the Clintons will affect his superdelegate vote or the two superdelegate positions he will appoint, remains a mystery. As of this report, Mr. Redfern has stayed true to his uncommitted status as a superdel.



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