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In a development that her campaign is touting as a "decisive moment," former Ohio state senator Nina Turner has received the support of every state senator from Cuyahoga County in her bid to represent Ohio's 11th U.S. congressional district.
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On Wednesday, Ohio State Senator Nickie Antonio announced her endorsement of Turner, who is running to fill the U.S. Congress seat that was vacated by United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge. In addition to Antonio, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko and Minority Whip Sandra Williams have backed Turner in her bid for the Ohio 11 congressional special election.
"I support Nina Turner in her run for the 11th Congressional district because she will fight for racial, economic and reproductive justice, fairness and equality for all of the people," Antonio said in a statement. "Ohio needs her progressive voice in Washington and I am proud to endorse her."
"During the fight against SB 5, Senator Turner and I battled in the trenches with our Democratic colleagues and our union brothers and sisters to protect the rights of working Ohioans," Yuko said. "I have seen firsthand her passion and her dedication to the people she represents. I know she will do us proud as a member of the United States Congress."
Added Williams: “I have known Senator Turner personally and professionally. I know her character and her heart. She is an unrelenting advocate who has represented the Greater Cleveland area well. She has fought for justice at the local and national level, never forgetting her humble beginnings or her responsibility to the people of Cuyahoga County. I know our community will be well served with her in Congress.”
In a statement, Turner thanked Antonio and Cuyahoga County’s entire Democratic Senate Delegation for its support.
“State Sen. Nickie Antonio has long served as a leader for this county and for our state and I am grateful for her endorsement in this race," Turner said. "To now have the support of Cuyahoga County’s entire Democratic Senate Delegation is incredibly humbling. As a former State Senator, I know what it is like to work tirelessly for the people you serve in the Ohio Statehouse and look forward to partnering with these dedicated leaders in Congress to uplift the people of Ohio’s 11th Congressional District and our great state.”