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Nina Turner, the former Cleveland city councilwoman, Ohio state senator, and national co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign, on Wednesday afternoon filed a statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission, signaling she will be running to represent Ohio’s 11th Congressional District.
The filing followed speculation regarding Turner’s intentions after President-elect Joe Biden tapped Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who represents that district, as his nominee for Housing and Urban Development secretary.
Grassroots progressive support for a Turner House run existed even before Tuesday’s news that Biden would pick Fudge for the top HUD post, but swelled in the wake of the announcement. Turner had remained coy in the face of questions about whether she would seek the office.
“Currently, there is no vacancy in the district and if it becomes vacant, things will unfold as they should,” she told Politico for an article published Tuesday.
When pressed about running, she said, “Well, there’s been an outcry for me to at least consider it.” “You know, I’m a public servant through and through, but I’m just going to leave it there for now.”
Prominent progressive voices including Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Rep.-elect Cori Bush were among those urging Turner to run.
“She’d be a fantastic ally for the movement in Congress,” Khanna told Politico.
Turner “would be a dream to work alongside,” added Bush.
This post was originally published on Radio Free.