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Columbus –Charleta B. Tavares’ (D-Columbus) swearing in to the Ohio Senate earlier this month was a historical moment marking another “first” accomplishment not only for African-Americans, but also for women in the state of Ohio. Senator Tavares is the first Democrat and African-American woman to be elected to serve in the Ohio Senate from Central Ohio.

Senator Tavares, who most recently held a position as a member of Columbus City Council, is eager to begin her term as a senator. “As you know, I have worked hard to provide leadership on the difficult and challenging issues facing our community. I will continue to listen, lead and get results for the people of our district and the State of Ohio,” Senator Tavares said.

Tavares commented on being elected as the first African-American women to her district stating, “I take being elected and representing the voice of Ohio’s 15th District seriously. It has taken African-Americans and women a great length of time to make professional strides in this country. I think that we are much too far along in history for there to still be African-African and women firsts. We have many qualified African-Americans and people of color who are prepared to take on leadership roles but many times are underestimated and overlooked.” Tavares said that it is important to recognize those who have paved the way to make it possible for them to serve. Tavares would like for citizens of Ohio to remember trailblazers such as, George Washington Williams who was the first African-American to be elected in 1879; and Nettie Bromley Loughead who was the first Ohio female legislator that was elected to the Ohio Senate in 1923. READ MORE

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