State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) issued a statement on Wednesday’s inauguration of Joe Biden as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President of the United States, cementing Democratic control of the White House and both chambers of Congress.
“Two months ago, Americans spoke resoundingly when they chose hope over fear and unity over division. Today, led by President Biden and Vice President Harris, we can turn the page and move forward to heal together, as a state and as a nation,” said Rep. West. “It goes without saying that we have our work cut out for us with the urgent crises we still face – the continued fight against COVID-19, the ensuing economic crisis, systemic racism in our institutions and the aftermath of the violent insurrection at our Capitol. Nonetheless, led by this new administration, we can be confident in our ability to make real progress in combatting these crises and in restoring the promise of opportunity for each and every Ohioan.
We can also take great pride in seeing Vice President Harris make history and break barriers for women, Black Americans and Asian Americans everywhere. The Biden-Harris administration truly reflects the diversity of our state and our country, as well as our most deeply held values.
Today, we can hold our heads a little higher, celebrate this historic day, and look ahead to a better tomorrow – a tomorrow that brings better lives and brighter futures to all Ohioans and Americans regardless of race or ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability.”