Janine Boyd wins bid to replace her mother as Ohio state rep

Janine Boyd

On Nov. 4, Cleveland Heights City Council member Janine R. Boyd overwhelming won her bid to become the next state representative for Ohio House District 9. Boyd defeated Republican Charles T. Hopson, garnering 84.7 percent of the 33,388 votes cast. She replaces her mother, Rep. Barbara Boyd, who did not seek re-election due to term limits.

Ohio House District 9 comprises Cleveland Heights, University Heights, Shaker Heights, and two wards on Cleveland's East Side.

"It is, undoubtedly, one of the greatest and most humbling experiences, to have the support of my family, volunteers, friends, mentors and neighbors,” said Boyd. “It's also an honor to look at the path my mother forged, including over 25 years of public service, building relationships on both sides of the aisle and crafting effective policy, and have the opportunity to continue that work, as well as my own, as an advocate for our district and the most vulnerable of our citizens. I'm sincerely grateful."

Boyd was appointed to CH City Council on Oct. 3, 2012, to fill the seat vacated by the late Phyllis Evans, who resigned in June 2012. When Barbara Boyd resigned from CH City Council in 1993 to become a state representative, it was Evans who was appointed by council to fill Barbara Boyd's council seat.

In 2013, Janine Boyd subsequently ran unopposed for the unexpired two-year term on city council, and was sworn in on Jan. 6, 2014. Boyd's council term expires on Dec. 31, 2015. Cleveland Heights City Council is required by charter to appoint someone to fill her vacated seat. Council has not yet announced how it will select a replacement.

Boyd, 44, grew up in Cleveland Heights and attended Beaumont 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 the director of government affairs and public policy for Guidestone Ohio, a nonprofit that provides therapeutic services to children and families.

Boyd said, “I will work hard and do my best. My priorities, are ours, across the district: quality early care and education; affordable higher education; workforce development opportunities for the under- and unemployed; raising the minimum wage; voter protection; environment protection; women making their own healthcare choices; restoring the Local Government Fund; and marriage equality. My first step, however, will be meeting my new colleagues on the other side of the aisle, and learning about what's important to them too. That's how relationships begin.”

Deanna Bremer Fisher

Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer. Kim Sergio Inglis contributed to this article.

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