The Matriots Class of 2019

One year after making our first political endorsements, The Matriots is now a force in Ohio politics. We are thrilled to share our first two waves of Matriots-endorsed candidates for the upcoming general election.

Our endorsement and research committees have been hard at work, interviewing and researching women running for office across the state. This first wave of candidates will be joined by many other candidates as filing deadlines approach in August for board of education offices. Below you will find a qualified and captivating group of candidates running for city offices and board of education.These women are impressively talented and fiercely committed to their local communities.

The Matriots PAC also endorsed a slate of candidates running for the May 2019 primary election. Five women successfully advanced to the general election. 

Please join us in supporting, encouraging, and, most importantly, voting for these women in November.

Matriots Class of 2019


Ginger Baylor for Akron City Council, At-large

Marilyn Keith for Akron City Council, At-large (primary endorsement)

Linda Omobien for Akron City Council, At-large

Veronica Sims for Akron City Council, At-large (primary endorsement)

Janice Davis for Akron City Council,  Ward 4 (primary endorsement)


Shannon Wokojance for Barberton City Council, Ward 1


Shenise Turner-Sloss for Dayton City Commission


Elizabeth Brown for Columbus City Council

Liliana Rivera Baiman for Columbus City Council

Shayla D. Favor for Columbus City Council

Carol Beckerle for Columbus Board of Education

Kimberley Mason for Columbus Board of Education

Tina Pierce for Columbus Board of Education


Holly C. Brinda for Mayor of Elyria

Garfield Heights

Tenisha Mack for Garfield Heights City Council, Ward 2


Tina Cottone for Hillard City Council

Cynthia Vermillion for Hilliard City Council


Meghan F. George for Mayor of Lakewood

Tess Neff for Lakewood City Council, Ward 1


Jean Taddie for Mansfield City Council, Ward 6

Maple Heights

Annette Blackwell for Mayor of Maple Heights

Toni Jones for Maple Heights City Council, District 2


Kelly Carr for Marion City Auditor

Tara Dyer for Marion City Council, Ward 5

Sue McGowan for Mayor of Marion


Jen Kanagy for Newark City Council, At-large


Meredith Lawson-Rowe for Reynoldsburg City Council, Ward 4

Shanette Strickland for Reynoldsburg City Council, Ward 1


Amber Zibritosky for Stow Clerk of Courts


Kelly Kosek for Strongsville City Council, Ward 3


Nell Reardon for Mayor of Wooster


Ra’Cole Taltoan for Youngstown City Council, Ward 2 (primary endorsement)

Samantha Turner for Youngstown City Council, Ward 3

The Matriots Application Process

The Matriots PAC is not currently accepting applications for the November 2019 general election, our application deadline has passed.


The Matriots Class of 2018

In 2018 The Matriots PAC endorsed a slate of 34 candidates running for offices around Ohio. Our class of 2018 candidates ran for statewide, Ohio General Assembly, county commissioner, and local offices. The slate included Democrats and Republicans, first-time candidates and current officeholders.  With the help of The Matriots, the percentage of women in the 133rd Ohio General Assembly increased from 22 percent to 26 percent, the highest percentage of women serving in Ohio’s history.