Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement following the passing of longtime Dispatch Statehouse reporter Jim Siegel:


“Jim was the ultimate professional, dedicated to real, tough, but fair journalism, and a true leader among the Statehouse press corps. His commitment to building relationships, not just on a professional level, but on a personal one made him a beloved figure on Capitol Square. I’m proud to have called Jim a friend.


“On behalf of the House Democratic Caucus, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to his wife, Stacy, his sons and the rest of his family during this time. He will truly be missed.”

 
 
 
  
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