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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