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U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty backs Shontel Brown in race to replace Congresswoman Marcia Fudge

Top challenger Nina Turner grabs MoveOn endorsement as race becomes proxy fight between party’s left and establishment wings.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally published on Dec. 15, 2019.

Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown is adding Columbus-area Congresswoman Joyce Beatty to her list of former and current Democratic office holders backing her in the race for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District.

The seat is being vacated by Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, who’s been tapped by President Joe Biden to be his housing secretary.

Brown, who is also chairwoman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, has received more than 100 local endorsements, including former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, Cuyahoga County Executive Armand Budish and Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. Beatty is chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Former Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner also been touting endorsements this week, including one form the progressive policy group MoveOn.

Turner, who earned a national following through her work for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, received endorsements recently from several progressive leaning members of Congress, including Andy Levin of Michigan’s 9th District and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota’s 5th District and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan’s 13th District.

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