CLEVELAND — As Rep. Shontel Brown kicks off her reelection campaign just months after taking office, she received an important endorsement on Tuesday.
Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb announced his endorsement of Brown at Cleveland John Adams College & Career Academy. "We won't be a city of opportunity unless we have a strong voice in Washington that's going to fight for Cleveland every single day," Bibb said of Brown.
Speaking to students at her alma mater, Brown spoke about her path to Washington. "Don't set any limitations on yourself," she advised. "Continue to set your sights on very high goals, because you can accomplish them."
Last month, Brown announced new funding that will be used to repair bridges in Northeast Ohio with nearly $500 million throughout the next five years.
"The infrastructure law includes the greatest and largest investments in roads, bridges, airports, safe drinking water, and broadband networks in generations," Brown said. "In Ohio, there are 1,377 bridges in poor condition. ... The funding I am announcing today is for small and medium-sized bridges like the critical bridges here that line Martin Luther King Drive."
Tuesday's endorsement from Bibb comes a month after Nina Turner announced her plan to run for Congress yet again after losing the 11th Congressional District Special Primary race to Brown last year. Ironically, Turner later endorsed Bibb in his general election race against Kevin Kelley.
“Greater Cleveland deserves a champion,” Turner told 3News’ Russ Mitchell. “Cleveland is the largest poor city in the country and this region really deserves a leader that is going to fight not just vote the right way.”
Ohio is set for its next primary election on May 3.
You can watch Tuesday's endorsement announcement in the player below.