Schiavoni pledges diversity cabinet position if elected


YOUNGSTOWN — State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, said he would create a new cabinet level position and related state department, if elected.

The new Office of Diversity & Inclusion will work to promote fair hiring practices and employment outreach to ensure Ohio’s state government and workforce are more reflective of the state’s population in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and physical ability.

“Everyone in Ohio deserves a seat at the table. We achieve that goal by making sure every community has a voice in state government and decision-making roles,” Schiavoni said. “That way, we can be sure every community’s interests and concerns are reflected in policy discussions.”

The ultimate goal of this office, he said, will be to achieve a state government and workforce that accurately represents Ohio’s population as a whole.

Schiavoni faces off against Richard Cordray, Dennis Kucinich, Bill O'Neill and others in Tuesday's primary.

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