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Meet the Candidates: Shontel Brown talks with 3News' Russ Mitchell about her bid to represent Ohio's 11th congressional district

Brown 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.

Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown, who is also chairwoman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, has received more than 100 local and state endorsements, including former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, Cuyahoga County Executive Armand Budish, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, and U.S. Rep Joyce Beatty, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Now she is seeking to replace her mentor, Marcia Fudge, in Congress.

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

"I want to fulfill the legacy of the honorable Marcia Fudge and those that came before her, such as Louis Stokes and Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Given the fact that I am the only current elected official in this race gives me a distinct advantage about handling the issues that relates to the pandemic," she said.

Russ also spoke with former State Senator Nina Turner and will talk with former Ohio State Sen. Jeff Johnson in the coming days. 

You can see Turner's interview with Russ below:

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