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LaRose Begins Implementation of State School Board Districts

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced today that for the 2022 General Election, Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections will utilize the State Board of Education districts designated by the Governor on January 31, 2022.

By law, eleven members of the board are elected by Ohio voters, and their districts must be newly established by the General Assembly according to the most recent decennial redistricting process. Absent that legislative action, the Governor has the authority to establish the new districts (ORC 3301.01 and 3301.02). As the Ohio General Assembly did not establish new board districts within the statutory time required by law, the Governor issued a Letter of Designation on January 31, 2022, setting the district boundaries. The Governor’s letter reads as follows:

MIKE DEWINE GOVERNOR STATE OF OHIO LETTER OF DESIGNATION Pursuant to Sections 3301.01 and 3301.02 of the Ohio Revised Code, and after consultation with the Offices of the Speaker of the House and Senate President, I hereby designate the following boundaries for the State Board of Education districts: • District 1, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 1, 12, and 26, to be represented by Ms. Diana Fessler. • District 2, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 2, 11, and 13, to be represented by Ms. Kirsten Hill. • District 3, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 4, 5, and 6, to be represented by Ms. Charlotte McGuire. • District 4, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 7, 8, and 9, to be represented by Dr. Jenny Kilgore. • District 5, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 10, 14, and 17, to be represented by Mr. Brendan Shea. • District 6, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 3, 15, and 20, to be represented by Dr. Antoinette Miranda. • District 7, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 16, 19, and 25, to be represented by Dr. Christina Collins. • District 8, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 30, 3 1, and 33, to be represented by Ms. Michelle Newman. • District 9, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 18, 29, and 32, to be represented by Mr. John Hagan. • District 10, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 21, 27, and 28, to be represented by Mr. Tim Miller. • District 11, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 22, 23, and 24, to be represented by Ms. Meryl Johnson. The above-referenced State Board of Education districts have been designated based on the Senate districts map adopted by the Ohio Redistricting Commission on January 22, 2022 from the 2021 apportionment.

Candidates interested in running for the State Board of Education must file by August 10, 2022. A full 2022 election calendar can be viewed by clicking here: https://www.ohiosos.gov/publications/2022-elections-calendar/

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