State Representative Shayla L. Davis comes to Columbus with over 25 years of experience in the municipal and federal government. Rep. Davis was born and raised in Garfield Heights and is a graduate of Cleveland State University College of Urban Affairs receiving degrees in both Non-Profit Administration and Public Management. She also is a graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law. As the former Ward 4 Councilwoman for the city of Garfield Heights, Rep. Davis has constantly worked to uplift her community and serve the underrepresented. She has worked on issues such as racial and health disparities, systemic inequality, community building, collaboration, engagement, social and criminal justice, and plans on making these issues the focus of her legislative agenda.
With her work in the non-profit sector Rep. Davis has extensive experience working with local communities and community support partners to build coalitions, preserve families, develop programs and services, conduct public health advocacy, and advance legislation and community engagement.
There are numerous issues facing district 11 and the state of Ohio today, but Rep. Davis believes that our voices have power and we can change our community for the better. The foundation of any community should include a cohesive voice, fair and equitable access to government, high-quality social services like education and healthcare, a strong economy, and safe neighborhoods for all.
In order to be successful and support the district, Rep. Davis plans on enhancing and expanding on these ideas to make them a reality. Her dedication echoes the famous Martin Luther King Jr. quote “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Though these tasks may be challenging, Rep. Davis is committed to representing District 11 and working for the citizens of Ohio in the state legislature.