The Ohio House Democratic Caucus announced that state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, has been appointed to a bipartisan panel of state legislators that will recommend solutions to prevent gerrymandering in the Buckeye State’s congressional districts.
Gerrymandering refers to drawing the boundaries of election districts to give one political party an advantage. Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative in 2015 to reform redistricting for statehouse districts, and the new panel will review and suggest reforms to the way Ohio draws districts for U.S. congressional seats.
“Our democracy is strongest when people feel like their vote counts, and that starts with putting an end to gerrymandering in Ohio,” Cera, D-Bellaire, said.
“We expect a process that is open, transparent and accountable to all public voices, groups and citizens who want change and progress. We need to put our political differences aside and do right by those who sent us here.”
The Ohio General Assembly is responsible for drawing congressional districts and bipartisan approval is not required.
This reportedly has allowed lawmakers to create “safe” seats for incumbents of both parties.
“Throughout his time at the Statehouse, Rep. Cera has been a voice for fairness and accountability,” said House Minority Leader Rep Fred Strahorn, D-Dayton. “His experience, knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to this group and to the taxpayers who want us to work together to deliver results.”
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