State Rep. and Democratic Leader-elect Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) issued the following statement Thursday in response to the Ohio House’s passage of House Joint Resolution No. 12, a plan that would ask voters to approve changes to the constitution that would alter the way the state draws 132 state legislative districts:

“The redistricting plan we voted on today represents hours of negotiation and deliberation, and I supported it with cautious optimism. Though I have concerns this plan will have opportunities to misuse the process for partisan, political gain, I believe it is better than our current system.

“I still feel there is truly a stronger path to fairness, one where district drawing is taken out of politicians’ hands entirely and entrusted to an impartial third party such as the Legislative Service Commission, a randomly selected group of delegates or computer modeling.

“The discussions surrounding redistricting give me hope that we, as a state, have the ability to one day reach agreement on an even better plan, one that only focuses on Ohio voters’ sacred right to fairness in representation.”

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“After months of negotiation, thousands of Ohioans speaking out, and several false starts, we’re closer to stopping congressional gerrymandering today than we have ever been before. Though imperfect, this latest plan represents one of the most fundamental tenets of our American democracy – compromise,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “We support this plan today, with the hope and expectation that it will help impart that same spirit and guiding principle of cooperation on Washington in the near future.”

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