State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, the Democratic nominee for secretary of state this year, announced Friday she has resigned from the legislature to become a Portage County commissioner.
Clyde, a term-limited Kent resident who was set to leave office in a couple of weeks anyway, was appointed to the commission Thursday night by the Portage County Democratic Party Central Committee. She will take the seat vacated by Democrat Mike Kerrigan, who resigned earlier this month citing personal reasons.
Clyde, considered a leading Democratic voice on voting rights and elections issues, lost the Ohio secretary of state’s race last month to Republican Frank LaRose by about 4 percentage points.
In a statement Clyde said she would focus on fighting for economic development, workers and their families, and effective and efficient government.
“After eight years in a gerrymandered legislature whose conservative majorities seemed increasingly out of touch with the struggles of every day Ohioans, it’s so good to be home,” she stated.
Clyde represents House District 75, which covers the southern half of Portage County. Democrat Randi Clites was elected in November to succeed Clyde starting next year.