Troy Doucet is running for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 21st District. This district is in northwest Franklin County. The seat is “open” in 2018, as the current incumbent is term-limited. The incumbent cannot run again. The district is politically balanced, and will likely be targeted by both parties to win in 2018. Troy needs your support in order to win this seat, and asks that you click here to volunteer or donate while earning rewards for supporting his candidacy.
The Ohio Legislature: House and Senate
The Ohio Legislature is the governmental body in Ohio which drafts and passes laws before they go to the governor for a signature or veto. Similar to the federal branch of the government, the Ohio Legislature is comprised of two chambers, the Ohio House of Representatives and an Ohio Senate. Laws must be passed by both these chambers before being sent to the Governor of Ohio for signature into law (or veto). The Governor’s veto can be overridden by 3/5 members from each chamber.
There are 99 members of the Ohio House of Representatives. Each member is elected by a district comprising approximately 117,000 people. There are approximately 12 million people who live in Ohio (1/99 of the state population). There are 33 senators in the Ohio Senate, with each Senator’s district being comprised of three member’s districts. Thus, each senator has about 350,000 constituents in their districts. Ohio’s district sizes are fourth largest in the nation, with the U.S. average being only 60,000 and 156,000 constituents respectively.
Ohio’s districts are redrawn every 10 years after the census is completed. The current district maps went into effect in 2012 and will remain through 2022. The districts are currently heavily imbalanced due to gerrymandering (the process of dividing voters into districts to maximize one party control). Republicans now control 64 of the 99 seats (67%) in the Ohio House of Representatives and 24 of the 33 Senate seats (72.7%).
In 2015, voters soundly rejected gerrymandering by voting 71% in favor of amending Ohio’s Constitution to abolish the practice for state races (eliminating gerrymandering in Congressional races will be on the ballot in 2017 or 2018). Now, a bipartisan redistricting commission with draw districts for Ohio Statehouse races, rather than the party in power. Starting in 2022, one party should not have unfair advantage over the other. It also requires public meetings regarding the redistricting. That amendment will go into effect with the 2020 redrawing of Ohio’s districts, effective with the legislative races in 2022. Hopefully, Ohioans will vote to end Congressional gerrymandering soon. Until that time, a greater balancing force is necessary in the Ohio Legislature. More democrats are needed for balance, and your support is needed in order to make that happen. Please support Troy's race for balance by clicking here.
Election Frequency & Term Limits
All members in the Ohio House of Representatives are up for election every two years, on the even years. Thus, each were elected with the 2016 election cycle and will be up for re-election in 2018. Each member is term limited after eight years in office. Senators serve four year terms and are also term limited after 8 years.
In the 21st House District, the current representative is term limited and cannot run in 2018. The seat is called “open,” which means there will be no incumbent. It means Troy can win this seat with your help and support.
The 21st District includes sections of Columbus, Dublin, Hilliard, Worthington, Riverlea, along with Norwich, Perry, Sharon and Washington Townships. The District encompasses all of Dublin located in Franklin County, which includes zip codes 43016 and 43017. It also includes the Columbus part of zip codes 43221 and 43065, and all of smaller 43002. It includes most of 43235 and all of Worthington’s 43085. A very small sliver of 43229 is included in the district, and well as a couple streets of 43026.
About 25% of the district’s population is under 18 years old, and about 44% of the population is 22-50 years old (38% under 45 years old). There is a noticeable difference in population size at these age groups compared to Ohio in general, with a remarkable dip in residents between 18-22 years old. These figures suggest many younger families in the district with a drop in population during the years when children would normally be headed to college. 52.9% of the district is comprised of married households.
The data indicates a much higher number of residents in this district have higher educational degrees (67.6%) than compared to Ohio generally (33%). This represents 105% relative educational attainment in this district for higher degrees. Approximately 23% of the district population holds a Masters or higher degree, with each educational level 139% or more higher than the relative educational attainment in Ohio.
The district is comprised of high earning households as compared to all of Ohio. Each earning percentile reflects higher wages earned than comparable percentiles in Ohio. However, it appears the highest earners in this district earn a relatively higher amount of income than the lower earners. The normalized earning distribution for this district peaks about $40-50k per year, versus $10-35k for all of Ohio. 71.6% of the district is employed (24.7% other), with only 3.6% reporting as unemployed.
Race and Ethnicity
Whites make up 78.7% of the district, followed by 10.4% Asian, 4.3% Hispanic, 4.2% African American, 2.1% Mixes, and .3% Other. This is approximately consistent with Ohio in general, except that the Asian and African American makeup are reversed statewide.
A relatively high percentage of those in the district work in a management capacity (14.6%), followed by Administrative work (12.8%), then Sales (11.5%), business (8.6%), education (8.4%), computers/math (7.3%), healthcare (6.1%), and food service (5.2%). While the quantity of the following occupations may not be high in this district, the following occupations are overly represented in the district compared to all of Ohio: computers/math (233% higher than Ohio), legal (99.8%), Science (91.3%), engineering (83%), entertainment (62.4%), management (60.4%), and Education (45.5%). On the opposite side, there are relatively fewer farmers (-89.5%), production workers (-76.4%), and healthcare support (-71.6%) than Ohio. 67.6% of the district works in the private sector, 9.3% in non-profit, and 14.1% in government, which is generally consistent with Ohio.
This District is politically balanced, with about 54% of voters reporting they are undecided or independent. The district votes for Republican candidates sometimes, and Democratic candidates in other races. Hillary Clinton won this district by about 57%, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D) beat Josh Mandel handily countywide in 2012. About 60,000 people from the 21st House District are likely to vote in the 2018 election. It is winnable for a democrat, and Troy will work hard to win it.