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Ingram, Blessing Introduce Legislation to Honor the Late Brigid Kelly

May 30, 2024
Catherine D. Ingram News

This week, state Senators Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) and Louis W. Blessing III (R-Colerain Township) attended the Norwood City Council meeting to present Senate Bill 254, which would rename the Norwood Lateral to the Brigid Kelly Norwood Lateral. This comes following the recent passing of former representative and Hamilton County Auditor, Brigid Kelly.

“Brigid dedicated herself to bringing people together, and making Ohio a better place for all,” said Ingram. “Much like the Norwood Lateral operates as a critical connecting piece for our greater Cincinnati communities, it is only fitting that we pay tribute to a true public servant of Ohio, Brigid Kelly.”

Born and raised in Norwood, Ohio, Representative Brigid Kelly was deeply connected to her community from an early age. With a family history of public service, Brigid understood the importance of fostering strong community bonds. Her dedication to serving others led her to a career marked by advocacy and compassion, where she fought tirelessly for the rights of workers, families, and everyday Ohioans.

Brigid's journey, from her education at Saint Ursula Academy and Xavier University to her tenure as a city council member in Norwood and her role as a representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), exemplifies her unwavering commitment to public service.

Throughout her career, Brigid championed issues such as fair wages, access to healthcare, and safe working conditions, all while prioritizing policies that directly impacted Ohioan families. As a state representative, Brigid focused on improving education, holding corporations accountable, and advocating for policies like paid sick and family leave that are essential for working families.

In her final capacity, Brigid served as the Auditor for Hamilton County. Her steadfast dedication to putting families first and her unwavering commitment to building a better Ohio serve as an enduring inspiration to us all. Tragically, Brigid's life was cut short in 2024 at the age of 40, leaving behind a legacy of service, compassion, and advocacy.

Senate Bill 254 would rename the westbound and eastbound lanes of State Route 562, between I-75 and I-71, in Hamilton County, known as the Norwood Lateral as the “Brigid Kelly Norwood Lateral.”