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Former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner has joined the race to represent Ohio’s 11th Congressional District.
Turner previously served as co-chairwoman for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. If elected, Turner will be replacing Marcia Fudge, who was recently tapped by President-elect Joe Biden to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development once he takes office.
“I am a wife, a mother, a sister, an aunt and friend,” Turner said on a Zoom call where she made the announcement. “My career in public service is varied, having served in local and state government and also in higher education. My views are informed by my own experience and that of people I love,” she added. “What I want the people of Akron and Cleveland to know is that I know what it means to be counted out. I am running to ensure the people of Akron and Cleveland are always counted in.”
State Sens. Sandra Williams and Eric Kearney were quick to throw their support behind Turner.
“I have known Senator Turner personally and professionally,” Williams said. “I know her character and her heart. She is an unrelenting advocate who has represented the Greater Cleveland area well. She has fought for justice at the local and national level, never forgetting her humble beginnings or her responsibility to the people of Cuyahoga County. I know our community will be well served with her in Congress.”
Following four years of Trump, the political landscape is becoming more and more diverse, with Biden’s cabinet already being touted as the most diverse yet.
We wish Turner the very best of luck with her campaign.