New districts in effect statewide in January
SUMMIT/MEDINA COUNTIES — Incumbents won many of the races for state and federal offices in the Nov. 6 General Election, but for some voters, the faces of those who represent them are new.
Redistricting as a result of the 2010 U.S. Census is in effect in the new year. Some voters may have been surprised when they went to the polls and did not see familiar names listed. For instance, many in the Akron area who were previously in the District 13 U.S. House District, represented for six years by Democrat Betty Sutton, were moved into District 17, represented by Democrat Tim Ryan. Sutton, a Copley resident, instead was redistricted into District 16, where she faced that district’s incumbent Republican Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, who emerged the victor.
In addition, residents of Bath, Fairlawn, Richfield and parts of Akron are now in House District 11, in which Marcia Fudge, a Democrat, ran unopposed.
Residents who are registered to vote should have received a postcard this fall from the Summit County Board of Elections that indicated their districts. Voters also can determine which districts they are in on the Summit County Board of Elections website at www.sum mitcountyboe.com. For more information, call the BOE at 330-643-5200.
Here’s a rundown of who is representing local residents, the general area they represent and how to contact them with questions and concerns:
For more information, go to www.senate.gov. The Senate will convene on Jan. 3.
• Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio): 202-224-2315 in Washington, D.C., or 1-888-896-OHIO (6446) in Ohio or emailing at www.brown.senate.gov/con tact.
• Rob Portman (R-Ohio): 338 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510; 202-224-3353 or 216-522-7095 (Cleveland office); email at www.portman.sen ate.gov/public/index.cfm/con tact-form.
For more information, go to www.house.gov. The House will convene Jan. 3.
• Marcia Fudge (D-District 11): 1019 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, 202-225-7032; or 4834 Richmond Road, Suite 150, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128, 216-522-4900; email at fudgeforms.house.gov/con tact-form. Fudge, of Warrensville Heights, represents West Akron, Bath, Fairlawn and Richfield in this area.
• Tim Ryan (D-District 13): 1421 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, 202-225-5261; or 1030 Tallmadge Ave., Akron, OH 44310, 330-630-7311; email at timryanforms.house.gov/con tact. Ryan, of Niles, represents Akron in the area surrounding Downtown Akron and covers the area north of the city, including parts of West Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, as well as Peninsula Village and Boston Township and Coventry Township.
• David Joyce (R-District 14): 10075 Ravenna Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087, or 1 Victoria Place, Room 320, Painesville, OH 44077, or 1535 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20515. At presstime, Joyce’s phone numbers had not been established, according to a campaign representative. In Greater Akron, Joyce, of Novelty, represents a portion of Ward 8 in Cuyahoga Falls.
• Jim Renacci (R-District 16): 130 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, 202-225-3876; 1 Park Center Drive, Suite 302, Wadsworth, OH 44281, 330-334-0040; email at renacciforms.house.gov/contact-form.), Renacci, of Wadsworth, represents Copley, Green, Norton, New Franklin, Springfield, Granger and Sharon.
For details, go to www.ohio senate.gov. Members will be sworn in Jan. 7.
• Tom Sawyer (D-District 28): 1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215; 614-466-7041. Sawyer, of Akron, represents Akron, Barberton, Coventry, part of Cuyahoga Falls, Green, Lakemore and Springfield.
• Frank LaRose (R-District 27): 1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215; 614-466-4823. LaRose, of Copley, represents Bath, Copley, Fairlawn, New Franklin, Norton and Richfield.
• Larry Obhof (R-District 22): 1 Capitol Square, 1st Floor, Columbus, OH 43215; 614-466-7505. Obhof, of Medina, represents Medina County.
For more information, go to www.house.state.oh.us. Members will be sworn in Jan. 7.
• Vernon Sykes (D-District 34): 77 S. High St., 10th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215-6111; 614-466-3100. Sykes, of Akron, represents West Akron, Northwest Akron, North Akron and Downtown Akron.
• Anthony DeVitis (R-District 36): 77 S. High St., 11th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215-6111; 614-466-1790. DeVitis, of Green, represents Cuyahoga Falls and the area surrounding Akron on the east to Tallmadge, Mogadore, Coventry, Green and Springfield.
• Kristina Roegner (R-District 37): 77 S. High St., 11th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215-6111; 614-466-1177. Roegner, of Hudson, represents residents in Cuyahoga Falls’ Ward 8.
• Marilyn Slaby (R-District 38): 77 S. High St., 11th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215-6111; 614-644-5085. Slaby, of Copley, represents the western portion of Summit County, including Bath, Boston, Copley, Fairlawn, New Franklin, Norton, Peninsula and Richfield.
• William Batchelder (R-District 69): 77 S. High St., 14th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215-6111; 614-466-8140. Batchelder, of Medina, represents Granger and Sharon.
Summit County Council
There were changes in Districts 1, 3, 4 and 5 that are effective Jan. 1. Council will meet for its organizational meeting Jan. 2. For more information, go to www.co.summit.oh.us/countycouncil. For all members, use mailing address 175 S. Main St., Room 700, Akron, OH 44308 and telephone number 330-643-2725.
• Nick Kostandaras (D-District 1), of Richfield, represents Boston, Peninsula and Richfield; 330-643-2725 or 330-808-5028;
• Gloria Rodgers (R-District 3), of Stow, represents part of Cuyahoga Falls; no additional number listed;
• Frank Comunale (D-District 4), of West Akron, represents Northwest Akron, Fairlawn and the eastern part of Bath; 330-836-2482;
• Tamela Lee (D-District 5), of West Akron, represents West Akron, Copley and the western part of Bath; 330-217-7057;
• Tim Crawford (D-District 7), of Norton, represents Barberton, New Franklin and Norton; 330-825-8866; and
• Paula Prentice (D-District 8), of Green, represents Coventry, Green, Lakemore and Springfield; 330-644-0087.
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