Primary Election Updates
Without action by a federal court to authorize the use of a district map previously approved by the Ohio Redistricting Commission, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose directed Ohio’s county boards of elections Wednesday to prepare for the start of early voting on April 5th by removing candidates for the General Assembly and state central committees from the May 3rd ballot. Without prompt action from the General Assembly or the federal court, Ohio election officials are prepared to move forward with a May 3rd primary that includes candidates for statewide, congressional, and local offices, as well as local ballot issues, such as school levies. However this unfolds, Ohio voters can expect a secure, accessible, and accurate election.
This week, Secretary LaRose and the Ohio Redistricting Commission convened to redraw state legislative district maps to meet the Constitutional requirements and the list of new requirements constructed by the Ohio Supreme Court majority. As instructed by the Court, independent map consultants were brought in to assist the process.
Despite the ongoing fluidity surrounding the primary election brought on by activist lawsuits, Secretary LaRose remains focused on ensuring accurate information is disseminated to voters. To that end, the Secretary updated Ohioans on the current redistricting developments with media in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and Steubenville. On Monday, Secretary LaRose spoke with 700 WLW’s Bill Cunningham – you can listen here.
Connecting With Job Creators
Following another month of strong business filing numbers and successes tearing down barriers for job creators, Secretary LaRose met Tuesday with the Orrville Chamber of Commerce. The resilience of Ohio’s business community was on full display in the face of a once-in-a-century global pandemic, a current economic climate of supply chain struggles, and record-setting inflation. The Secretary utilized his visit to Orrville as an opportunity to listen to the entrepreneurs and business leaders about the challenging realities they face. He shared with them his strategic goals for serving Ohio’s business community and the initiatives he's spearheading currently, to secure Ohio’s stature as one of the most business-friendly states in the nation.
Secretary LaRose speaks to the Orrville Chamber of Commerce
Diversity & Empowerment Council
Early in his administration, Secretary LaRose created the Diversity and Empowerment Council (DEC) consisting of dozens of community and religious leaders. The council serves as the bridge between the Ohio Secretary of State’s office and the culturally diverse communities throughout the state to foster greater collaboration and communication between the two. Thursday, Secretary LaRose met virtually with the council to discuss recent successes in legislation to help minority entrepreneurs and to update them on the status of the 2022 primary election.
State of the State
Wednesday, the Secretary joined Governor Mike DeWine as he delivered the State of the State address. Governor DeWine’s overarching message was that despite the headwinds and challenges facing Ohioans over the past two years, “the state of Ohio is amazingly strong.” Secretary LaRose shares that same optimism for the future of Ohio, applauds the resiliency of Ohioans and their communities, and has never been more proud to be a Buckeye.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Last week the Ohio Supreme Court struck down the Ohio Redistricting Commissions legislative district maps for the third time.
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says he believes the court got it wrong.
“I don’t believe that the things that they’ve ordered us to do are anywhere in the Constitution,” LaRose told NBC4 Wednesday. “I think that the court majority has gotten it wrong.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio – February was another strong month for new business filings in Ohio with 14,488 organizations submitting documents to the office of the Ohio secretary of state.
Frank LaRose announced another strong month for new business filings for the month of February with 14,488 new businesses created.
“Each of the 14,488 new businesses is a story of grit and determination, even in the face of record-setting inflation,” said Frank LaRose, secretary of state, in releasing the number of new business filings. His office did not offer any comparisons to February 2021, or totals for the first two months of 2022 compared to the same two-month period in 2021.
LaRose said his office has helped to tear down barriers to business creation by eliminating unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles for entrepreneurs. Streamlining certifications for minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses and a modernizing how limited liability companies are incorporated in Ohio are the latest reforms, he noted.