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Nina Turner officially picks up petitions to run for open seat in Ohio's 11th congressional district

Filling out petitions is one of the first steps that a congressional candidate must achieve in order to appear on the ballot.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a story published on March 15, 2021.

On Wednesday, congressional-hopeful Nina Turner announced that she has officially taken one of the first major steps in the process of running for elected office.

"I am here today, I just picked up my petitions," Turner says in a Wednesday afternoon video posted to Instagram. "I'm at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, we are going to get those petitions filled out, and I am going to get my name on that ballot."

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In a series of Instagram stories and videos, the 53-year-old Turner documented her trip to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to pick up her petitions to run for the open U.S. House of Representatives seat for Ohio's 11th Congressional District.  

Petitions require candidates to receive verified signatures from residents of their district or state, endorsing the candidates' campaign. 

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. 

A former Cleveland City Council-member and Ohio State Senator, Turner is known for her progressive beliefs and her close relationship with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent known for his progressive policies.

Earlier this week, Turner received the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive Democrat from New York who is known for her democratic-socialist beliefs. 

RELATED: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses Nina Turner in Ohio's 11th Congressional District race

The special election to fill the seat left by Fudge is set to take place on Nov. 3, 2021, with a special primary on Aug. 3, 2021. 

"Thank you all so much for your support, we are in this to win this."

Editor's note: the video in the player below is from a story published on March 19, 2021. 

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