Kathleen Clyde is Changing the Game

Q&A with Commissioner Kathleen Clyde

We know the question on our members’ minds is: What are The Matriots endorsed candidates up to? Whether representing their district, pursuing careers in the private sector or planning a future run for office, our Class of 2018 is changing the game!









You ran a hard-fought campaign for Ohio Secretary of State. After the election, you were appointed as Portage County Commissioner. Can you tell our members more about your day-to-day responsibilities as commissioner?

For most Ohioans, county commissioners play a critical role in everyday life. We are charged with providing vital services on the state’s behalf, from elections, to justice and public safety, as well as infrastructure and human services. In my new role, I will continue to fight for quality economic development, workers and their families, and effective and efficient government.

In January we gathered our Class of 2018 candidates for a post-election candidate conversation, where we debriefed on our candidates’ experience in 2018. Can you share with our members one of the lessons you learned from running for office in Ohio?

Although, we didn’t see the results that we worked so hard for on election day, I’m proud of the campaign we ran and honored to have been the only woman on the ballot for statewide executive office. With that said, there are always lessons to be learned.

It is undeniable that Ohio is growing older and less diverse, making the state less friendly toward progressive candidates. In no way does this mean we should give up the fight for Ohio, but we must do a better job connecting with independent voters, and even some republicans. Nonpartisan organizations like The Matriots can be essential to those efforts.

We believe that when women are involved in the political process, they change the conversation. From your perspective, how did women change the conversation in 2018? And how do you think women will continue to change the conversation in 2019 and beyond?

Women changed the conversation in 2018 by showing up and taking action – whether it was attending marches, making a monetary contribution, talking to your neighbors or running for office themselves. Every action taken made a difference and I’m hopeful that the energy and engagement we saw in 2018, will only continue to grow as we head into 2019 and beyond.

The Matriots PAC will endorse women running for city and school board seats in 2019. Why do you believe it is important to support women running for local offices in 2019?

Supporting women candidates for local office is so important. It’s important because although we’ve seen increasing numbers of women running for office, we still have a long way to go. Investing in women early and at the local level will not only give women a voice locally but also help create a bench of women officeholders that can take on important issues at the state and federal levels.

Now for fun: Tell us about your favorite thing to do in the great state of Ohio. It can be a hobby, a favorite place to eat or something we might not know about our state! 

It’s been great to live in Portage County full time and be able to enjoy our beautiful running trails. Whether it’s running the Portage Hike and Bike trail along the Cuyahoga River through downtown Kent or backroads in our beautiful rural townships, I love to get out and put some miles on my running shoes! I also recently discovered Icy Blast, a rolled ice cream shop in downtown Ravenna. It’s delicious and a great way to treat myself after a long run.

We are looking to expand our team!

Want to join a team committed to electing more women to public office in Ohio?

We are looking to add to our dynamic team. If you’re interested in helping us expand our statewide footprint and endorse women running for office, we’d like to meet you!

We are seeks a reliable and detail oriented Administrative Coordinator to help assist with endorsement, membership and event programs.

Job Description:

The ideal candidate will be highly organized, with a strong attention to detail, and be comfortable adapting to changing needs and priorities. She or he will be dependable, with the ability to remain calm under pressure and tight deadlines.  The principal areas of responsibility include: providing administrative, endorsement and event support  and serving as the project manager on all mass communication, digital and print.


  • Serve as committee liaison by providing meeting support, scheduling, minute taking, agenda, and documentation.
  • Maintain an open and service-oriented relationship with committee chairs.
  • Provide meeting management support by coordinating meeting logistics for internal and external meetings, ensure all resources are prepared for meetings (room, AV, presenters, agenda, materials, etc.)
  • Manage volunteer involvement and communication.
  • Complete other administrative tasks as needed.

Marketing & Communications

  • Assist with email marketing, including content creation, contact list management, and distribution scheduling.
  • Support marketing team with writing, graphics, and implementation of external communication.
  • Maintain wordpress website content.
  • Project manage and collect content for the monthly e-newsletter, the Hive.
  • Develop and maintain all social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, and Twitter. Schedule posts in coordination with the Marketing Committee and executive director.

Event Coordination

  • Develop and maintain event information, including print and digital assets such as event invitations, website event calendar, social media events.
  • Communicate with marketing team to create effective advertisements for each event. Organize all marketing activations for grassroots event promotion and coordinate invites and RSVPs as needed.
  • Manage and overseeing events on the day of, including problem-solving, welcoming guests, collecting contact information, directing event set-up, communicating with staff, and organizing vendors, and managing take-down.

Candidate Support

  • Provide additional candidate and political research to compliment endorsement and research committees.
  • Answer procedural questions from candidates and campaigns.
  • Ensure strict and complete compliance with election law and guidelines.


  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree is preferred.
  • 1-year experience required.
  • Political campaign experience, either working on a campaign and/or working in a political organization, is helpful.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to produce written reports, talking points, and briefings on deadline.
  • Demonstrated ability to use spreadsheet and constituent relationship software.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments.
  • Ability to work independently within the context of a plan.
  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing personal work plans and goals.
  • Ability to work irregular hours and travel as required.

Competitive full-time hourly pay rate, based on experience.

Working for The Matriots offers the unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced start-up organization with big aspirations. We offer a vibrant workplace with opportunities for growth. If you, too, passionately believe in the importance of women’s leadership for our state, this is your chance to join our team!

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a resume via email to info@matriotsohio.com by Thursday, June 20, 2019.