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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Ohio House Dems Stand With Ohio Workers, Speak Out Against GOP Anti-worker Bills

 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) and Democratic House members from across the state today issued statements in support of the Working People’s Day of Action planned for Saturday, February 24 at the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio march comes on the heels of the introduction of six Republican-sponsored constitutional amendments to implement so-called “right to work” legislation and other workplace restrictions in the Buckeye State. 



 
 

Bipartisan Redistricting Reform Clears Last Legislative Hurdle Before Voters Have Final Say In May

 

Following months of negotiation, the Ohio House today passed Senate Joint Resolution 5, bipartisan legislation that puts a constitutional amendment before voters in May to restrict congressional gerrymandering in the state. 

“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.”

Democratic House expressed concerns over several parts of the proposed plan that they see as loopholes that, in extreme cases, could still allow partisan congressional district rigging. Ultimately, most Democrats still supported the final language in the resolution.



 
 

Democratic Legislative Leaders Continue Push For Bipartisan Redistricting Reform

 

In Democrats’ continued push for real bipartisan congressional redistricting reform, Senate Democratic Leader Kenny Yuko (D- Richmond Heights) and House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today released the following joint statement calling for continued negotiations:

“Democrats in the Ohio General Assembly are committed to ending gerrymandering once and for all. That’s why we agreed to join the redistricting working group in the first place, because bipartisanship should be the foundation of the redistricting process.

“Democrats are committed to requiring strong bipartisanship and stopping communities from being split apart to favor one party over another.

“Unfortunately, the Republican plan would only change the way a majority party could manipulate districts in the future. In fact, the GOP proposals would continue the problem of unfair congressional districts by writing gerrymandering into our state constitution.

“We want the citizens of Ohio to know that Democrats in the legislature remain dedicated to achieving meaningful reform. There is still time to negotiate and reach an agreement.”



 
 

House Democrats Reflect On Dr. King's Legacy, Dream Of Equality For All

 

In recent years, we have seen divisions emerge in our public debate. Partisan rancor spills from the halls of government to our homes, our classrooms and on our social media. We see demonstrations of hate in small towns and big cities and read profiles of self-proclaimed white nationalists in our newspapers. While this division reveals the many imperfections of America, like Dr. King, I do not believe it defines us.