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Nina Turner endorsed by former Ohio elected officials in run for Congress

The seat was left by acting Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia Fudge.

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

On Wednesday, Nina Turner's campaign announced a slew of new endorsements from from former elected Ohio officials in her run for Ohio's open seat in the 11th Congressional District.

Former Dayton mayor Rhine McLin, former Ohio Senate Minority Leader C.J. Prentiss, former Ohio Rep. Nick Celebreeze and former Akron City Councilmember Michael Williams all have endorsed Turner, a former state senator,  in her candidacy for Congress. 

McLin, mayor of Dayton from 2002-2010 said, "I endorse Nina Turner because I have witnessed her work; from her time as a LSC Intern, her work for Mayor Michael White, her tenure on Cleveland City Council, the Ohio Senate and her candidacy for Ohio Secretary of State, to her work today. Nina is battle tested and ready to be a voice for the people, who need action not just a promise."  

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"Nina Turner has always been an inspirational leader for all people interested in speaking for the voiceless," said Prentiss. "Her commitment has never faltered in over 20 years of friendship."

Turner is best known for her fire-brand politics and her close relationship to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. The former state senator was also recently endorsed by U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Party well-known for her extremely left-leaning views.

Turner has received endorsements from progressive-leaning members of Congress, including Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota’s 5th District and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan’s 13th District. In addition, the progressive policy group MoveOn has also endorsed Turner.

On Monday, the Turner campaign announced that it had raised a total of $2.2 million at the end of the quarter FEC filing deadline of March 31. $1.55 million of that came in the first quarter of 2021 alone.

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The special election to fill the seat left by U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge is set to take place on Nov. 3, 2021, with a special primary on Aug. 3, 2021.  

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

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