By Okon Ekpenyong and Jassie Dingess
The vacant seat of the Ohio State House 26th District was filled on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, with the swearing in of Latyna M. Humphrey, D-Columbus, who was officially appointed to fill the seat that was vacated by Rep. Erica Crawley, who stepped down to begin her role as Franklin County Commissioner.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to lift the voices of the marginalized in communities like mine across the state, for people who need access, not only to good-paying jobs but also to quality healthcare, affordable housing, and a justice system that works for them—not simply against them,” said Rep. Latyna Humphrey.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to build a better Ohio by restoring the promise of better lives and brighter future for all of us, not just for some of us.”
Humphrey outlined her top priorities as protecting access to quality, expanding safe, affordable housing to lower-income Ohioans, affordable healthcare, reforming the state’s broken criminal justice system, and promoting public safety by focusing on accountability and building better community-police relations.
Before her appointment, Humphrey spent her career as an author, activist, and community relations professional.
She recently worked as Outreach Coordinator for the Franklin County Auditor’s Office and the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. She was past president of the Central Ohio Young Black Democrats.
The 26th House District includes Bexley, Columbus, Groveport, Reynoldsburg, and Whitehall.
An inaugural reception was held for her with the guests including Franklin County Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court Mike McAllister, LaShondra Tinsley, Ohio State Rep. for House District 49, Thomas West, State Rep. for House District 33, Sedrick Denson, among several others.