State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and state Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), the Democratic members of the legislature’s redistricting working group, released the following statement in response to the Republican plan released this evening:
“The Republican plan released tonight only makes cosmetic changes to a plan that writes gerrymandering into our state constitution. After lengthy discussions and significant public input, it is clear Republicans will not take the necessary steps to end partisan gerrymandering once and for all.
“By rejecting suggestions to keep communities together and require bipartisan support for new districts, Republicans are rejecting the bare minimum standards needed for real reform and diluting the power of voters. Ultimately, we feel we have the responsibility to listen to the Ohioans who have spoken out and demanded real reform.”