CLEVELAND — *Editor's Note: The video in the player above originally aired on March 15, 2021.
In her effort to secure a seat in Congress, U.S. House candidate, Nina Turner, has the support of a Cleveland City Councilman.
On Tuesday, Blaine Griffin, representing Ward 6, announced his endorsement of Turner in a press release. Citing their history, coming up in the political ranks together, Griffin says Turner has also been a " visionary leader, fiercely committed to improving the lives of people in this community."
Vying to represent Ohioans in the 11th congressional District, Turner announced last week that she had retrieved her petitions from the Cuyahoga County Board of Election. Securing petitions is one of the first steps needed to for a congressional candidate to appear on the ballot.
“As our next Congresswoman Nina Turner will bring her experience, passion, and innovative spirit to the entire Northeast Region. We can count on Nina Turner to always remember her hometown of Cleveland and deliver for us in halls of Congress,” said Griffin.
In response to Griffin's endorsement, Turner issued the following statement further emphasizing their journey through politics together and her appreciation of his support.
“Councilman Griffin and I started in the trenches together on a mission to lift up the families of this great city many years ago long before we had fancy titles. I am grateful for his continued support in that shared mission and I look forward to working with him to deliver for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District.” said Turner.
Back in December, Turner announced her plans to run for the spot left by the newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge.
"We are going to be in this to win this, creating the opportunity agenda for the people of the 11th Congressional District, greater Akron, greater Cleveland, I see you baby- but by extension, the great state of Ohio and this great nation," Turner said Wednesday detailing her reason to run.
Tuner is a former State Senator known widely for her work championing $15 minimum wage, Medicare for all and expanded public education.
For more information on Turner, click here.
Election Day is slated for August 3.
*Editor's Note: The video in the player above originally aired on December 15, 2020.