COLUMBUS –State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) yesterday held a virtual community town hall as part of the Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall Tour, a series of digital events this summer where local lawmakers provide a Statehouse update on issues including COVID-19, jobs and the economy and racial justice.
As the latest GOP scandal continued to unfurl last night, Rep. Smith went to work, hosting a District 8 town hall meeting for Ohioans, which focused on how to grow an economy that works for everyone. He discussed a variety of issues with policy experts and other elected officials, including raising the minimum wage, protecting overtime pay and growing the clean energy and creative arts / innovation sectors of Ohio's economy. Rep Smith also continued the fight against the dangerous, "Columbus Knows Best" approach to governance that threatens public school autonomy, people's right to vote, the environment and the Great Lakes ecosystem.
"It has been my life's honor to serve the residents of Ohio's 8th House District,” said Rep. Smith. “I know that they don’t want petty politics to get in the way of moving Ohio forward. But they also don't want their interests sold off to the highest bidder. Last night’s attendees were looking for answers and hope, and I think our discussion provided both. My thanks to State Senator Kenny Yuko, Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Sunny Simon, Arts Cleveland President and CEO Megan Van Voorhis, Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund Vice President of Energy Randi Leppla and Policy Matters Ohio Researcher Michael Shields for joining my constituents for a productive night."
Wednesday, Rep. Smith will be back in the state capitol as he continues to fight for Ohio's 8th House district.
The Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall Tour is a follow-up to the more than 25 in-person events Democratic lawmakers held in the summer of 2019. The digital events allow constituents to hear from lawmakers, ask questions and offer input on ways to address the issues facing their communities.
Democrats say the uncertainty felt by many in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, economic recession and civil unrest makes now the right time to get out and listen to what everyday Ohioans have to say.
For the latest information on the Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall Tour, dates and more, visit www.ohiohousedemocrats.org/ohiopromise.