Senate District 28
Vernon Sykes
 
 
June 3, 2022
This week, state Senator Dr. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) commended the Ohio Senate's passage of House Bill 687, the state Capital Budget that appropriates $7.4 million for economic development projects in Ohio's 28th Senate District, which includes Summit County.
 
May 27, 2022
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, issued the following statement after a federal court ordered Ohio to hold the 2022 election using state legislative maps that were previously ruled unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court:
 
May 25, 2022
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, issued the following statement after the Ohio Supreme Court invalidated the newest state legislative maps adopted by majority Commission members on May 5. The Court gave the Commission until June 3 to draw new, constitutional maps:
 
May 5, 2022
Ohio Redistricting Commission Co-Chair Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader and Commission member Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) responded to the ORC's failure to adopt a new set of constitutional and fair state legislative maps by the May 6 Ohio Supreme Court deadline. Amid loud chants for fair maps from Ohioans, the majority of commissioners instead voted to adopt the third set of legislative maps, which were already ruled unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court on March 16.
 
April 28, 2022
Ohio Redistricting Commission Co-Chair Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader and Commission member Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) held a redistricting public forum today at the Ohio Statehouse after Republican commissioners refused to hold an official Redistricting Commission meeting despite multiple requests. Democrats heard from more than 60 Ohioans who shared their thoughts on the redistricting process and encouraged the Redistricting Commission to reconvene immediately to adopt fair, constitutional maps.
 
April 14, 2022
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, issued the following statement after the Ohio Supreme Court invalidated the newest state legislative maps adopted by majority Commission members on March 28. The Court gave the Commission until May 6 to draw new, constitutional maps: 
 
March 29, 2022
Today, Ohio Redistricting Commission Co-Chair Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader and Commission member Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) issued a statement after the majority of Commissioners subverted the bipartisan, transparent map-drawing process ordered by the Ohio Supreme Court, instead introducing and adopting a set of state legislative maps that were drawn in secret by majority commissioners. The Republican maps fail to comply with the Constitution and Court requirement that maps must reflect the statewide preferences of Ohio voters who voted 54% Republican and 46% Democratic over the last 10 years. Republican commissioners forced a vote on the secret partisan maps before the Commission could review the final draft maps drawn by the independent map makers.
 
March 17, 2022
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, issued the following statement after the Ohio Supreme Court invalidated the newest state legislative maps adopted by majority Commission members on February 24. The Court gave the Commission until March 28 to draw new, constitutional maps: 
 
March 3, 2022
This week, Governor Mike DeWine signed into law Senate Bill 105, legislation introduced by state Senators Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) to require political subdivisions to recognize state certifications of minority business enterprises (MBEs), women-owned business enterprises (WBEs) and veteran-friendly business enterprises (VBEs).
 
March 2, 2022
Today, Ohio Redistricting Commission Co-Chair Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader and Commission member Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) issued statements after Republican Commission members adopted a congressional map that unduly favors GOP candidates, and failed to pass by the bipartisan vote required by the state Constitution. Both Democrats voted against the map.
 
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