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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backs Congresswoman Shontel Brown in 11th Congressional District primary

Brown and challenger Nina Turner highlight endorsements in sprint to May 3 primary.

WASHINGTON D.C., DC — Congresswoman Shontel Brown pledged to work with Democrats and President Biden during last August’s primary campaign that decided who would finish the term of former U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, who stepped down to join Biden’s cabinet.

Congress’s most powerful Democrat – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- repaid Brown for her loyalty today with an endorsement in next month’s primary. Brown faces former State Sen. Nina Turner, a more progressive Democrat who has promised to shake up Congress.

Unlike last August’s crowded primary, Brown only faces Turner. And the district no longer includes parts of Summit County, which were eliminated in the redistricting process.

“In just six months, Congresswoman Shontel Brown has emerged as a trusted colleague in our Caucus who is intensely focused on delivering results for the people,” Pelosi said in a statement released through the Brown campaign.

Brown is expected to announce more endorsements from members of Congress this week. Many backed her last fall. 

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb also has also endorsed Brown. As a mayoral candidate last August, Bibb was neutral in the race to replace Fudge. (Turner backed Bibb in the race for mayor.)

Turner, too, has been showing off endorsements. She recently earned the backing of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com, which also backed her last August. Turner announced Monday that former Cleveland Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar has endorsed her.

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Editor's note: The video above is from a previous story posted on November 4, 2021 from Brown's swearing in after winning a special election for Ohio's 11th Congressional District.

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