State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) released the following statement today in response to new, fast-tracked legislation, House Joint Resolution 19, that would limit citizens’ access to Democracy in Ohio by placing new, arbitrary restrictions on the constitutional ballot initiative process in Ohio:
“This dangerous new restriction on democracy would silence citizens’ voices and further tilt the balance of power to corporate, out of state special interests who have the power and money to change our constitution under this misguided plan."
“When politicians in Columbus fail to act or do their jobs, citizens should have the right to hold them accountable through reasonable access to the ballot. Instead, these new restrictions would take that power out of the hands of concerned citizens and sell it to the highest out-of-state bidders.”
Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today was officially appointed and sworn in to fill the vacancy as state representative to the 14th Ohio House District, a position she’ll hold in the 133rd General Assembly after winning her Nov. 6 election. Sweeney will be the first woman to represent the 14th District, and at age 26, the youngest.
“I am grateful to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and to the citizens who have put their trust in me to be the voice for our community at the Statehouse,” said Sweeney. “Taxpayers deserve strong, accountable leadership in Columbus that will fight for better jobs, increased access to healthcare and strong communities. I look forward to meeting that challenge head-on and doing the hard work that gives more people the tools they need for a better life.”