Lawmaker Encourages Open Process, Competitive Districts

Rep. Clyde urges citizen participation and second round of public hearings

COLUMBUS- As the final of five redistricting hearings across the state end in Cincinnati today, Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D- Kent), a member of the State Government & Elections Sub-Committee on Redistricting, urged an open process, continued citizen participation, and consideration of competitive districts. Rep. Clyde released the following statement:

“As the first round of congressional redistricting hearings across the state wrap up, I am encouraged by the citizen participation and interest we have seen. I am hopeful this process will remain fair and open to the public, and urge a second round of hearings for public input once maps have been drawn and presented. I encourage all to participate in the map drawing contest that was recently launched by 25 Ohio organizations that have banded together to seek fair, accountable and nonpartisan redistricting by visiting http://drawthelinemidwest.org/ohio/competition/. It is crucial that we work to draw districts that are as competitive as possible, are compact, maintain county boundaries, and keep communities of interest together.”

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