Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) was officially sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives Tuesday as state representative of the 63rd House District. Holmes, elected to his first House term in November, will serve the people of Trumbull County in, but not limited to, Hubbard, Lordstown, Niles, Girard, Cortland and Newton Falls.
“I am honored to join the state legislature, and I am committed to being an effective voice for the people of the sixty-third district,” said Holmes. “I believe that through God, community, and country all things are possible. I look forward to working in a bipartisan way to ensure all Ohioans have the opportunity for a high quality of life in a state they are proud to call home.”
Holmes served his community as Mayor of McDonald for the past nine years, and as McDonald Village councilman prior. During his leadership as Mayor, Holmes was able to save the village millions in healthcare costs while providing working people with quality care, resulting in a $2 million budget surplus. The village was also able to maintain investments in essential services while enhancing the local community with the addition of a new community center and summer splash park for children and families.
Holmes believes cooperation is key to building new relationships and getting things done. He is a devoted husband and proud father of three adult children and grandfather of four.
Democratic lawmakers today called on the Governor John Kasich to recognize the devastating opioid addiction epidemic for what it is: a public health emergency. At a statehouse press conference this morning the lawmakers said the state must have a strong, unified response and release emergency state funding to combat the statewide opioid crisis that is claiming lives in rural areas and urban centers alike.
“The first step in any road to recovery is admitting that you have a problem, and it’s time for the administration to recognize the opioid addiction crisis as the public health emergency that it is,” said Rep. Greta Johnson (D-Akron). “Too many Ohio families are losing loved ones to drug addiction and overdoses. We must marshal all available state resources and attention to fight back against this rapidly growing threat to our communities.”
State Rep. Greta Johnson (D-Akron), today responded to Gov. John Kasich’s Thursday comments at the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative and the state’s actions to combat the opioid epidemic. The governor’s optimistic comments came on the same day the Ohio Department of Health released the report on 2015 Ohio Drug Overdose Data stating fentanyl-related drug overdoses more than doubled from 2014 to 2015. And the numbers continue to climb. For July 2016, Summit County alone experienced an estimated 395 overdoses, which matched the total number of overdoses in the county for the four months prior combined.*
“State leaders still refuse to call the opioid epidemic what it is: a public health crisis,” said Johnson. “It is imperative we remain hopeful and positive, but only if we are also employing all available resources to the law enforcement officers and treatment providers on the front lines. There has yet to be a coherent, statewide response to this devastating public health crisis that is killing more Ohioans than ever before. Summit County is doing a tremendous job at treating and preventing overdoses in my district, but with greater funding and direction from the state, we could be doing far more.”
State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today announced a new plan to assist struggling communities hit hardest by Governor Kasich’s budget cuts and tax shifting policies over the past several years. Since taking office, Gov. Kasich cut over $1.7 billion in local community funding. Over 70 cities have lost at least $1 million each year due to Kasich’s budgeting and tax decisions, and 12 small cities have lost at least $2 million each, per year.
Ohio House Democratic members hosted a press conference today to speak out against the recent attacks on women’s access to healthcare. Led by State Rep. Greta Johnson (D-Akron), the lawmakers introduced a package of bills aimed at securing and expanding women’s access to comprehensive healthcare services.
WATCH Rep. Johnson deliver her powerful closing above.