Janine R. Boyd wins May primary for Ohio House seat
Cleveland Heights City Council member Janine R. Boyd overwhelming won the primary election for state representative for the Ohio 9th District on May 6. Boyd defeated fellow Democrat Sean P. Malone with 8,460 votes. Malone, an attorney from Shaker Heights garnered 4,431 votes. Boyd will go up against Republican Charles Hopson in the Nov. 6 general election.
Boyd's mother, Barbara Boyd, currently holds the seat of Ohio 9th District Representative, which includes Cleveland Heights, University Heights, and Shaker Heights. The senior Boyd did not seek re-election due to term limits. Her term ends at the end of the year.
Boyd was appointed to City Council on October 3, 2012, to fill the seat vacated by the late Phyllis Evans. Boyd then was elected to the un-expired two-year term in November 2013. She ran unopposed for that seat.
Boyd, 43, grew up in Cleveland Heights and attended Beaumont High School. After graduating, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hillsdale College and her Master of Arts degree from Michigan State University. She is an active volunteer for various state, local, and national individual campaigns. For more information regarding Janine R. Boyd, visit her website www.janineboyd2014.com/
In addition to Boyd's victory, former University Heights Councilwoman and vice-mayor Francine Goldberg won the primary for Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Judge.
Dondreya Allen is a senior at Cleveland Heights High School and a Heights Observer intern.