Democrats honor two from Amherst

Two Amherst residents were honored at the recent Lorain County Democratic Party Chairman’s Banquet held at Deluca’s Place in the Park.

David Shaffer and Sherrill “Cookie” McLoda were chosen to receive the award based on their continued hard work, dedication to the cause of working men and women, and loyalty to party ideals, according to county chairman Anthony Giardini.

Both are members of the Amherst Democrat Organization.

Shaffer is a 25-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Works Local 129. He has served as president, vice president, and executive board member of IBEW and as a member of the Lorain County AFL/CIO executive board. Currently a candidate for Amherst city council in Ward 3, Shaffer has worked on many campaign issues and candidate’s elections.

McLoda is president and co-owner with Michael Lotko III of Parsons Insurance Agency, Elyria. She is a commissioner of the Lorain County Metro Parks, precinct committeeman, secretary of the Amherst Democrat Party, and board member of the University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center auxiliary.

She served as Amherst safety-service director and on the planning commission for eight years, was the first woman to serve as chairman of the Lorain County grand jury, the Lorain County Children Services board, and Common Ground board of directors. She has also served on many insurance boards.

McLoda has been active in politics for more than 50 years, having started her political involvement working for Leota Mitchell, Lorain County recorder. Many campaign meetings and strategies were held at her office with party leaders such as Bill McCray, Ernie Parsons, and Ernie Roberts.

Brian Dembinski, chairman of the Amherst Democratic Central Committee, said he “could not be more pleased that the hard work of Dave and Cookie were recognized at the county level. Amherst may not receive the same attention that the larger cities do but we’re out there doing the best that we can to better the lives of our citizens. Dave and Cookie have been extremely helpful in furthering that cause, and they should be proud of their achievements. I am certainly proud of them.”