MOUNT VERNON — The 2019 Knox County Democratic Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 17, will feature keynote speaker Nan Whaley, the mayor of Dayton, and honor the service of Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis.

Longtime Knox County Democrats and newcomers to the community alike can appreciate the leadership of Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis over the years. As Mount Vernon’s mayor for 24 years, and as a Knox County Commissioner for 20 years before that, Mavis led the way in transforming our community for the better.

A rising star in Ohio who is currently serving her second term as mayor of Dayton, Whaley has led her city through difficult times, including devastating tornadoes in May and a tragic mass shooting in August. Mayor Whaley’s leadership attracted national attention and reminds us of the importance of strong leadership at the local level — something we have known for years in Knox County, with Mayor Mavis setting the example of how a visionary mayor can move a small town forward.

The annual fundraiser dinner for the Knox County Democratic Party will be at the Glenn Gallagher Centre at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6 p.m. with a reception featuring a cash bar.

Attendees can purchase tickets in advance at


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