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During the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner emerged as one of the most passionate surrogates for Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont as he sought the party’s nomination.
From championing universal health care and affordable housing to tackling student loan debt and institutional racism, Turner articulated a vision of a Democratic Party long desired by younger and more progressive voters who were drawn to the political message of Sanders.
For so many of these Americans, many of whom were first-time voters, the Democratic Party had lost its way. After Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump, along with the party’s collapse in former working-class strongholds in the Midwest, many wondered where the party was headed.
For Turner, a Cleveland native, the work she set out to accomplish in advocating for working-class American continued; she became the president of the 2016 campaign’s spinoff political organization Our Revolution and was a national co-chair for the 2020 Sanders presidential campaign.
While Sanders came up short to now-President Joe Biden in the Democratic primaries, the party was able to oust Trump, retain control of the House, and win a razor-thin majority in the Senate, offering a unique opportunity for the president and Congress to take action on issues like student loan debt and climate change.
Last December, Biden tapped then-Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge to become the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, opening up Ohio’s 11th Congressional District. The racially-diverse, overwhelmingly Democratic district stretches from Cleveland’s east side to Akron, with a mix of working-to-upper-middle-class suburbs including Euclid and Shaker Heights.
Turner, who served on the Cleveland City Council from 2006 to 2008 and was a member of the Ohio Senate from 2008 to 2014, announced her decision to run for the congressional seat in …read more
Source:: Business Insider