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Meet the Candidates: 3News' Russ Mitchell talks with Nina Turner, seeking to represent Ohio's 11th congressional district

Turner is among the field of candidates vying to replace Marcia Fudge, who now serves as Housing Secretary in the Biden Administration.

CLEVELAND — With last week's confirmation of Marcia Fudge as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the race for her former seat representing Ohio's 11th Congressional District is heating up. 

3News is beginning a special series called "Meet the Candidates." Over the next few weeks, you'll hear from all the hopefuls in the race in interviews with 3News anchor and managing editor Russ Mitchell.

On Monday, Russ kicked off our "Meet the Candidates" series with former State Senator Nina Turner. A graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, the 52-year-old Turner served on Cleveland City Council and the Ohio State Senate before gaining a national following as a surrogate and later co-chair for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaigns.

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Russ is beginning his first round of questions for Turner and all of the candidates with a basic but important question: Why do you want to represent Ohio's 11th Congressional District?

"Because I love this community so very much," Turner answered. "I've been blessed to serve this community as a councilwoman and a state senator and I want to continue my service in the halls of Congress, bringing passion and compassion that I have to be a bridge-builder and work tirelessly to change the material conditions of people in this district."

Russ will also speak with Cuyahoga Council Councilwoman and County Democratic Party Chair Shontel Brown as well as former Ohio State Sen. Jeff Johnson in the coming days. 

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Editor's Note: The below story aired on December 15, 2020