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WOMEN'S MARCH CLEVELAND'S RALLY AGAINST THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNING ROE V. WADE

BELOW PICTURE: Women's March Cleveland Head Organizer Kathy Wray Coleman (2nd from left) leads 2,500 people in a march for reproductive rights on Oct 2, 2021 on Market Square in Cleveland, Ohio. It was one of the largest marches in the country that day. Photo and coverage by the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com. CLICK HERE TO GO GO TO CLEVELAND.COM TO READ ON THE COVERAGE OF THE EVENT

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Equal Districts Coalition demands legal state House and Senate redistricting maps in Ohio after a panel of federal judges refuses to intervene and leaves the decision to the Ohio Supreme Court for now....By Clevelandurbannews.com

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Equal Districts Coalition, a group of over 30 Ohio advocacy organizations and labor unions engaged in the redistricting process, released a statement on Wednesday after a panel of federal judges chose to leave decisions regarding Ohio's State House and Senate redistricting process to the Ohio Supreme Court for the time being.


The judges, however, did say that they will implement new Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps if state officials cannot reach a new agreement by May 28.

"Today, Ohio voters won yet another round of the redistricting fight as a panel of federal judges rightfully chose to leave decisions involving Ohio's constitution and Ohio's legislative districts up to Ohio's highest court for the time being," said Katy Shanahan, a representative from the Equal Districts Coalition who earned both her law degree and graduate degrees from The Ohio State University, where she wrote a thesis on redistricting and which entity draws the fairest maps.

The Ohio Supreme Court on last Thursday struck down state House and Senate redistricting maps approved by the seven-member Republican-dominated Ohio Redistricting Commission for the fourth time in under three months, ruling 4-3 that the maps are unconstitutional and that they violate anti-gerrymandering rules approved seven-years-ago by Ohio voters.  The discrepancy has caused a delay in the election of Ohio lawmakers, which will not be on the May 3 primary ballot in Ohio, an almost unprecedented measure in the history of voting in Ohio.


The court said that the maps are not much different than the previously three submitted sets of maps and that, again, they fail to pass constitutional muster. Simply put, the court said that the maps are drawn to make it easier for Republican candidates in Ohio state House and Senate district races to win office over Democrats, both the House and Senate currently controlled by Republicans.

The court ordered the commission, which includes Gov Mike DeWine, House Speaker Robert Cupp, auditor Keith Faber, and Secretary of State Frank LaRose, to approve yet another set of maps by a May 6 deadline. And it denied requests by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and other plaintiffs who filed suit against the commission for failing to abide by the court’s orders to demonstrate why it should not be held in contempt of court.


The Equal District Coalition said that the decision by the federal judicial panel not to intervene gives Republicans another chance to come up with fair and legal maps.

The Equal Districts Coalition is the largest redistricting coalition in Ohio, with over 30 member organizations. It includes the Ohio State Conference of the NAACP, Ohio Organizing Collaborative, OAPSE/AFSCME, Ohio Farmers Union, AFSCME Ohio Council 8, the Ohio Environmental Council, Innovation Ohio, the Ohio Student Association, OFUPAC, ProgressOhio, All On the Line-Ohio, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, Ohio Council of Churches, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, URGE – Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity, LEAD Ohio, the Ohio Women's Alliance, the Ohio Federation of Teachers, Ohio Education Association, CAIR-Ohio, Campus Vote Project, For Our Future Ohio, Ohio Unity Coalition, Equality Ohio, The Freedom Bloc, and more.

By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor. Coleman is a seasoned Black Cleveland journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper for 17 years and an experienced investigative and political reporter. She is the most read independent journalist in Ohio per Alexa.comClevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2022 14:31

Former Ohio congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar endorses Nina turner for Congress in Ohio's 11th congressional district Democratic primary....The congressional district includes Cleveland....By Clevelandurbannews.com amd Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com

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Pictured are former Ohio congresswoman Mary Rise Oakar and 11th congressional district candidate Nina Turner, a Cleveland Democrat


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CLEVELAND, OHIO – Former Congresswoman, Mary Rose Oakar (OH-20) has announced her endorsement of Nina Turner in Ohio's 11th Congressional District primary. Her enthusiastic support comes on the heels of the Cleveland Plain Dealer's endorsement and following a flood of corporate and dark money interests into the Democratic primary.


The PD editorial board said via its endorsement, which was published in Sunday's print edition and at Cleveland.com, the online affiliate of the PD, that Turner, 54, and whom the Plain Dealer also endorsed for last year's special primary election to replace Fudge, is the better candidate and that "we endorsed Nina Turner last year, and do so again this year."


A former Ohio senator and former Cleveland councilwoman, Turner faces current Congresswoman Shontel Brown as the May 3 Democratic primary nears.

 

Oakar was unwavering in her support of Turner

"Nina is a leader and that's what we need in greater Cleveland, a fighter for the people who is committed to lifting working families," said Oakar. "Nina will be tough and she will care, not just go along to get along. Nina Turner is the most qualified and capable person we can send to Congress. I would love to have her as my Congresswoman. I will be proud to have her represent me and my family."

Turner expressed her gratitude for Oakar's support, stating "Rep. Oakar's longstanding work and dedication to our district's working families is truly remarkable. I am humbled to have her continued support."

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2022 14:58

Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper endorses Nina Turner over Shontel Brown in Ohio's 11th congressional district Democratic primary, which is May 3....."I am grateful to have the endorsement of my hometown paper yet again," said Turner

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief

CLEVELAND, Ohio –The editorial board of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, has endorsed former Ohio senator and Bernie Sanders surrogate Nina Turner in the Democratic primary for the race between Turner and current Congresswoman Shontel Brown in Ohio's largely Black 11th congressional district, which includes Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs of Cuyahoga County. The primary election is Tues., May 3.

Brown, of Warrensville Hts, the former county councilwoman and chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, defeated Turner, her closet opponent in the crowded 2021 special primary, by 4,269 votes and is now the incumbent in the seat formerly held by Marcia L. Fudge, who is now  President Joe Biden's secretary of housing and urban development. (Elizabeth Sullivan is the director of the newspaper's editorial board, the audio of the endorsement interview of  which is available in full at the end of the PD story).

The editorial board said via its endorsement, which was published in Sunday's print edition and at Cleveland.com, the online affiliate of the PD, that Turner, 54 and a Cleveland resident, and whom the Plain Dealer also endorsed for last year's special primary election to replace Fudge, is the better candidate and that "we endorsed Nina Turner last year, and do so again this year."

Turner, says the editorial, "has the passion, experience, toughness and out-of-the-box thinking to give Cleveland a powerful, socially committed and independent congressional voice, much in the spirit of the late U.S. Rep. Lou Stokes, who successfully fought for this majority minority congressional district."

Also a Civil Rights attorney, Stokes was Ohio's first Black congress person. He retired from Congress in 1998  after serving 15 terms in the House of Representatives, and died in 2015. His younger brother and only sibling, the late car B. Stokes, was the first black mayor of Cleveland, and of a major American city.

The Turner campaign quickly embraced the endorsement and said in a press release on Monday that if she wins the congressional seat and is sent to Washington she will fight for poor people and the middle class.

"I am grateful to have the endorsement of my hometown paper yet again," said Turner. "As the editorial board noted, greater Cleveland must have a representative with the vision and tenacity to tackle the systemic issues that have long plagued our communities. The reasons I ran last time are the same that motivate me today – Congress needs an agenda that centers the poor, the working poor and the barely middle class. My run for Congress isn't about any one person. It is part of bringing Cleveland into the bigger fight against the powerful interests that are stopping progress."

In large part the politically divisive congressional race in the heavily Democratic 11th congressional district is seen as a contest between Brown and the progressive Turner, who is also a former Cleveland Ward 1 councilwoman, and between the moderate and progressive factions of the Democratic Party.

Both of them had a long list of endorsements for last year's special primary election that Brown, 46, won, including labor unions, mayors, congress people, and city, county and state lawmakers. Among others, Turner was endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has endorsed her again this year, U.S. Rep Alexandra Ocasio-Cortex of New York, and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, who has since retired as mayor. Six of Ohio state lawmakers out of the greater Cleveland area also supported her. Brown's endorsements included Columbus Congressman Joyce Beatty, Hillary Clinton and U.S. House Minority Whip Rep James Clyburn of South Carolina.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2022 15:04

ORC co-chair state Senator Vernon Sykes comments after the Ohio Supreme Court strikes down state House and Senate redistricting maps for a 4th time....State Senator Sykes is one of two Democrats and the only Black on the Ohio Redistricting Commission

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief. Coleman is a former public school biology teacher and a seasoned Black political, legal and investigative reporter who trained as a reporter at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years.


COLUMBUS, Ohio-For the fourth time in less than three months, the Ohio Supreme Court has struck down state House and Senate redistricting maps approved by the seven-member Republican-dominated Ohio Redistricting Commission, ruling 4-3 on Thursday that the maps are unconstitutional and that they violate anti-gerrymandering rules approved seven-years-ago by Ohio voters.

 

The court said that the maps are not much different than the previously three submitted sets of maps and that, again, they fail to pass constitutional muster. Simply put, the court said that the maps are drawn to make it easier for Republican candidates in Ohio state House and Senate district races to win office over Democrats, both the House and Senate currently controlled by Republicans.

The court ordered the commission, which includes Gov Mike DeWine, House Speaker Robert Cupp, and Secretary of State Frank LaRose, to approve yet another set of maps by a May 6 deadline. And it denied requests by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and other plaintiffs who filed suit against the commission for failing to abide by the court’s orders to demonstrate why it should not be held in contempt of court.

"It was clear that these maps would be invalidated from the moment the majority hijacked our historically transparent process," said state Sen. Dr. Vernon Sykes of Akron, co-chair of the redistricting commission and one of only two Democrats on the commission along with House Minority Leader Allison  Russo. "The Supreme Court has given us another chance and plenty of opportunities to fulfill our duty to end gerrymandering, as voters have demanded. I sincerely hope that Republicans will finally commit to bipartisanship and work with Democrats to draw maps in an open, transparent manner."

Sykes is the only Black on the commission.

The controversy has caused a delay in what would have been a May 3 primary in Ohio that included state House and Senate district races, those races now on hold, though congressional and statewide and other races will go forward as planned, including a hotly contested gubernatorial race and a high profile U.S. Senate race.

A former lieutenant governor and the first woman elected chief justice of the court, Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor , a Republican, joined with the three Democratic justices for a fourth time to reject the controversial state House and state Senate district maps breaking ranks with fellow Republicans on the bench. The remaining three Republican justices dissented, including Justices Sharon Kennedy and Patrick DeWine, the governor's son who refuses to recuse himself from redistricting rulings while doling so from any contempt hearings that might involve his father.

Kennedy is running Justice Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, for the chief justice seat that is open since O'Connor, notwithstanding the primary election. Per state law, O'Connor, the court's first female chief justice, could not run for reelection because she is at least 70 years of age.

Gov DeWine is also running for reelection, as is LaRose, who seeks to hold on to his secretary of state seat. Other than three seats on the state supreme court, the Republicans hold all of the statewide offices in Ohio, and have done so since 2010 when John Kasich, who went on to win a second term and was succeeded by DeWine, ousted then Democratic governor Ted Strickland from office.

The commission, which approved the maps 5-2 and along party lines, has repeatedly been accused of approving racist and unconstitutional four-year state legislative district maps by plaintiffs in lawsuits pending before the court. The maps were to take effect for four years because Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature could not agree on 10-year maps.

The court,  on Jan 12.,  struck down the first set of GOP drawn maps, and did the same thing for the second, third and fourth maps respectively, Thursday's Supreme Court  decision the latest in what has become a redistricting maps stand-off between the commission and the Ohio Supreme Court, and more specifically Justice O'Connor.

The plaintiffs in the three lawsuits who convinced the court to reject the maps the first time around, including the League of Women Voters of Ohio and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, say basically the same thing. They argue that the maps are unconstitutional because they are drawn to carve state legislative districts where voters collectively favor Republicans over Democratic candidates for elections to the Ohio House and Senate. This, says the plaintiffs, is blatantly racist and against the 2015 voter approved referendum that changed redistricting rules.

The court's majority opinion in which the first set of maps were deemed illegal was written by Justice Melody Stewart, a Democrat and the first Black elected to the court. A former 8th District Court of Appeals judge out of Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, Stewart's opinion on behalf of the majority says the maps the first time around disproportionately favor Republicans.

Those preferences, Stewart wrote, were 54% for Republican candidates and 46% for Democratic candidates over the past 10 years and since the last census report.

“The commission is required to attempt to draw a plan in which the statewide proportion of Republican-leaning districts to Democratic-leaning districts closely corresponds to those percentages,” wrote Justice Stewart. “Section 6 speaks not of desire but of direction: the commission shall attempt to achieve the standards of that section."

The court heard oral arguments in December relative to three lawsuits that challenge the first set of Republican-approved state legislative district maps that the court rejected, controversial maps approved in commission, which  is accused of  approving illegally drawn maps that are racist and that favor Republican candidates for office.

Such maps determine state district boundaries for elections of state representatives and state senators in Ohio, and in a discriminatory fashion, the lawsuits say. Currently, Republicans control the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate, which is partly why the ORC is largely Republican.

 

An amendment to the state constitution approved by voters in 2015 changed the way the process for drawing congressional and state legislative maps occurs and created the ORC, though districts are still drawn initially in conjunction with population dynamics in response to the U.S. Census every 10 years. The year 2020 marked 10-years since the last applicable census and, accordingly, this year is the first time that the new process that employs authority to the ORC to step in for the state legislature when a partisan conflict ensues over the maps has been put to a test.

The first lawsuit for which the state Supreme Court heard oral arguments in December was filed by the ACLU primarily on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Ohio and the A. Philip Randolph Institute and the second by the National Democratic Redistricting Committee on behalf of a group of Ohio voters. A third suit was brought by plaintiffs who say the maps dilute Black Muslim votes. It was filed by the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, the Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the Ohio Environmental Council.

 

All three of the lawsuits were filed in the Ohio Supreme Court and allege in large part that the ORC purposely gerrymandered the maps to help Republicans win elections over Democrats for state House and Senate races with the plaintiffs in the third lawsuit claiming also that the maps have racial implications that raise constitutional questions since a majority of Black and Muslim voters and voters of color in general are Democrats.

 

"OOC believes that the maps currently under scrutiny by the state's highest court are unconstitutional because of the ways they dilute the power of voters in Black, brown, immigrant, and Muslim communities through "cracking and packing,"  a spokesperson for the Ohio Organizing Collaborative said in a statement to clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader.

 

Ohio lawmakers are term-limited. State law restricts state legislators in Ohio from holding office for more than eight years, and only after a four year period out of office.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2022 14:28

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More than 1,000 turn out for Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb's first state of the city address relative to his first 100 days in office, Bibb the city's fourth Black mayor, and its second youngest mayor.....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb, a former Barack Obama intern and banker who won the nonpartisan runoff election for mayor in November over then City Council president Kevin Kelley to become the city's fourth Black mayor and its second youngest behind former mayor Dennis Kucinich, delivered his first state of the city address on Wednesday evening at the Maltz Performing Arts Center on the campus of Case Western University where he earned both an MBA and a law degree. Some 1,000 people attended the free and open-to-the public but ticketed event that was also streamed live by the City Club and nearly every mainstream media outlet in Cleveland.


“We said that Cleveland can’t wait, and we meant it,” the captivating mayor said during opening remarks, a reference to his campaign slogan, one that helped to catapult him to the city's highest political office. "Cleveland, the wait for change is over.”


A Democrat raised on the southeast side of the city in Cleveland's Mount Pleasant neighborhood by a social worker mom and father who was a Cleveland cop, Mayor Bibb said that as soon as he took the leadership helm as mayor he began making progressive changes for the betterment of the city, and that Cleveland is on the rise. Deemed the poorest big city in the nation in 2019  by the Center for Community Solutions with 114,000 people living in poverty, including 37,700 children, the city remains steeped in poverty, prompting the mayor to say during Wednesday's speech that Clevelanders "have to do more with less."


Billed as a look back at the mayor's first 100 days in office since he officially stepped into the role on Jan 3, Wednesday's state of the city was hosted by the City Club of Cleveland and also included a question and answer session of previously chosen questions submitted by Cleveland residents. Cleveland City Council President Blaine Griffin and few other members of the 17-member city council were there, as well as members of the mayor's newly appointed cabinet, and the city's top brass, including interim police chief Andre Drummond and higher ups.


Other dignitaries there, mainly Democrats, include Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Shontel Brown, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, state Sen Nickie Antonio of Lakewood, former Cleveland councilman Zack Reed, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor last year in the primary and later endorsed Bibb, and Maple Hts Mayor Annette Blackwell.


Cleveland's first new mayor in 16 years, who, per state law, also control's the city's public schools, Bibb laid out several initiatives he plans to address as mayor, including public safety, economic growth, community development, and education, and he spoke on his achievements in office thus far. They include a bailout of the Westside Market in cooperation with city council, the filing of a motion in Cleveland Municipal Court by the city's chief prosecutor that ask the city's judges to expunge some 4,000 low level marijuana criminal records, and what the mayor says is a much needed $10 million project for upgrades at Shaker Square on the city's east side that is in the workings.


The mayor said that public safety is his first priority, and he spoke about the city's response to the pandemic. He also promised to fight poverty tooth and nail, and said that he is committed to revamping the Burke Lakefront Airport, and working with the city council to develop an ambitious city budget that includes resources for improving the city's inner city neighborhoods, including city streets and walkways.


The mayor asked for patience as he carries out what he called a strategic economic agenda designed to improve city services so that Cleveland can become a more sustainable city, and a city that residents can be proud of.


"I did not promise that I will be a perfect mayor but I did promise I will do my best every day," said the articulate Mayor Bibb, the city's 58th mayor and a novel mayor who, before winning office last year, had never held public office.


The mayor spoke about the tragedy regarding the New Year's Eve carjacking and shooting death of slain Cleveland police officer Shane Bartek, 25, and also took the opportunity to call for an end to the escalating gun violence in the city after the recent passage of Senate Bill  215 by Ohio lawmakers, a new state law that permits Ohio residents to carry concealed handguns without a permit.


"This moves the needle on gun violence in the complete wrong direction, and undermines our ability to keep cities safe," he said.


Bibb said that Cleveland, a largely Black major American city of some 372,000 people and Ohio's second largest city behind Columbus, has the mechanisms to someday become a great city and that he is determined to carry out the demands that voters called for when they put him in office last year by a landslide.


"I am committed to delivering on the changes you called for," said Bibb, whose roughly 45 minute speech drew routine applause from the tentative audience.


The mayor said that police reforms and accountability are upmost to improving the city, as well as the  full funding of the new Community Police Commission, which is mandated by the voter adopted Issue 24, a charter amendment for police reforms that Cleveland voters overwhelmingly approved in November. According to the mayor, Issue 24 will be taken seriously as the city and the U.S. Department of Justice remain parties to a court monitored consent degree for police reforms that was implemented in 2015 behind several questionable police killings of Black people since 2012.


Bibb, 34, walked away with 63 percent of the vote when he upset Kelley via last year's mayoral election. It was a  political shakeup that stunned some old heads, including outgoing four-term mayor Frank Jackson, 75 and a Kelley ally, and some members of city council who also supported Kelley's candidacy like  Councilman Griffin, Jackson's former protege who succeeded Kelley as city council president. A former city council president himself and the city's third Black mayor, and its longest serving mayor, Jackson opted out of seeking an unprecedented fifth term last year.


The mayor is also poised to revamp the city's largely Black Cleveland Metropolitan School District, which is under the control of the city mayor as to a state law that took effect in 1998 when the state of Ohio and the school district were released from a a longstanding desegregation court order. The mayoral control law eliminated an elected school board and replaced it with appointees of the mayor, who also controls the schools multi-million dollar budget that is funded primarily by taxpayers.

 

Cleveland sits in heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County, the second largest of Ohio's 88 counties, and most of its residents live in poverty. It is the second most segregated city in the nation behind Boston and most Blacks reside on the city's east side and Whites on the west side, the two sides separated by the Cuyahoga River.

By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor. Coleman is a seasoned Black Cleveland journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper for 17 years and an experienced investigative and political reporter. She is the most read independent journalist in Ohio per Alexa.com Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


Last Updated on Friday, 15 April 2022 11:16

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The annual11th Congressional District Caucus Parade is Monday, September 2

11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus of Blacks in Congress. waives to the crowd last year at the annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Parade.  This year's parade kicks off on Monday, September 2 on Cleveland's east side at 10:00 am from E. 149th Street and Kinsman Road and ends at Luke Easter Park where the picnic will begin. The event will be replete with political speeches and entertainment from various sources, including local musicians and bands. The well-attended caucus parade was initiated by Democrat Louis Stokes, the retired congressman before Fudge, and the tradition was furthered by the late Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Fudges' predecessor. Stokes was the first Black congressperson from Ohio and Tubbs Jones was the first Black congresswoman from Ohio