Hall of Fame

Richland County has a rich history of democratic political involvement. The Richland County Democratic Party recognizes the contributions of party participants with various awards throughout the year. Below you will find past recipients of some of these awards. 

Democrat of
the Year

The Democrat of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contribution to the party and democratic causes, particularly, but never exclusively, in the preceding year. The award is currently presented at the Joseph H. Mudra Legacy Dinner.

Past Recipients 

2021 - Sharon Schulz

2020 - Kathy Clevanger

2019 - Jody Nash

2018 - Venita Shoulders

2017 - Vickie Eichof

2016 - Pat Carlisle

2015 - Joanne Mudra

2014 - John VanHarlingen

2013 - Garland Gates

2012 - Brenda Baker

2011 - Ronnie Davis

2010 - Amy & Sean Burns

2009 - Tom Farley

2008 - Jill VanHarlingen

2007 - Kay Bixler

2006 - Mark Cockley & Ellen Haring

2005 - Garnetta Pender

2004 - Jay Goyal and Cheryl Garn

2003 - Ken Bender

2002 - John McCune

2001 - Joseph H. Mudra

2000 - Debbie Obenour

1999 - Karen & Kelson Death

1998 - Mary Heminger

1997 - Ken Kreiger

1996 - Rod Reed

1995 - Paulette Hankins

1994 - Cassie Stein

1993 - Vickie Shaffner

1992 - Betty French

1991 - Jackie DeLong & Jack Obenour

1990 - Iona Gates & Bernie Dedden

1989 - Phyllis Sawyer & Karl Angeloff

1988 - Rita Scheurer & Joseph Harfman

1987 - Jennie Lallie & Ken McCartney

1986 - Virginia Korbas and Dick Critchfield 

1985  - Joan Dedden & Freeman Swank

1984 - Louise Bush & Dan Martin

1983 - Rheabelle Swank & Harold Boyce

1982 - Virginia Crewiler & Paul White

1981 - Naomi Brooks & Joseph Bader, Sr.

1980 - Maude Oakes & William Jenkins

1979 - Donna Bond & John Griffin

1978 - Ludille Sloan & Willis Marcum

1977 - Non Darling & James Crowl

1976 - Rose Kleri & Larry Boyd

1975 - Elanor Flutzy & Jack Middlebrook

1974 - Dorothy Roberts & Ed Fields

1973 - Sue Auer & David Walker

1972 - Lucille Critchfield & Donald Hout

1971 - Don Moore

1970 - James Barney

1969 - Edith Matthew

1968 - Tina Glasgow

Young Democrat Award

The Emily Campbell Brown Young Democrat Award recognizes outstanding party service by a democrat under 40. The award is presently given at the Joseph H. Mudra Legacy Dinner.

Past Recipients

2021 - Ashley McLaughlin

2020 - JC Elgin

2016 - Brittany Bowman

2012 - Bridgette Givand

2010 - David Scott

2009 - Jaclyn Hittesdorf

2008 - Nicole Kleman & David Gerster

2006 - Katie Bixler 

Lifetime Service Award

The Lifetime Service Award is given to a democrat who proves, year in and year out, their commitment to core democratic principles and outstanding service to the democratic cause. The award is presently given at the Joseph H. Mudra Legacy Dinner.

Past Recipients

2021 - Amy & Sean Burns

2020 - Ken Bender

2019 - Doug Dickson

2018 - Kathy Clevanger

2017 - Brian McCartney and Jim & Debbie Tackett

2016 - Gary Utt

2015 - Cynthia O'Neal

2014 - Lydia Reid and Tom & Ester Farley

2013 - Joseph H. Mudra, Mary Heminger & Bill Hartnett

2012 - Garland Gates & Johnny Givand

2011 - Vickie Shaffner & Paulette Hankins

2010 - Merv Shaffner

2009 - Fred & Lori Brubach and Jim O'Donnel

2008 - Frank Russo & Dick Stander 

2007 - Ken Kreiger and Cassie Stein

2006 - Don Kindt

2005 - Denny & Darlene Hunt and Rod Reed

2004 - Jack Obenour and Beulah Jones

2003 - Catherine Nixon & Verdel Larson

2002 - Mervin Shaffner 

2001 - Rae Reeder

2000 - Emily Campbell Brown

1999 - John J. Rinehardt

Other Awards

The Richland County Democratic Party Executive Committee grants other awards as merited throughout the years. 

Community Service Award

2002 - Gary Utt

50 Year Award 

1982 - Tony Mollica

25 Year Award

2002 - Naomi Carter

10 Year Award

L1988 - Larry Boyd

1986 - Ludille Critchfield

1976 - Donald Kindt