DFA endorses Nina Turner in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District special election

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Nina Turner in the special election to fill Congresswoman Marcia Fudge’s seat in Ohio’s 11th Congressional district.

Turner has been a trailblazing progressive activist and movement leader for over two decades, serving on Cleveland’s City Council and as an Ohio State Senator before joining Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign team as one of his most trusted advisors.

Democracy for America has been a longtime supporter of Turner, backing her run for Ohio Secretary of State in 2014, and has partnered with her and the Sanders campaign many times over the years to fight for progressive change.

Statement from DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on the grassroots progressive group’s endorsement of Turner:

“It’s hard to overstate what it would mean to have, not just a progressive champion, but a powerful, experienced, progressive movement leader like Nina Turner in the U.S. House. Democracy for America is excited to endorse Nina Turner in the coming special election in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District because we know that in Congress she’ll continue to be who she’s always been -- a loyal friend, an unyielding progressive ally, and our sister in our shared struggle for progress, justice, and equality.

“In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, it is more clear than ever that we need more fierce change agents in Washington who are committed to fighting for bold ideas like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and robust criminal justice reform that positively transforms real people’s lives. Nina Turner is precisely that kind of unapologetic, fearlessly progressive leader who will also bring with her invaluable life experience as a Black woman in the United States and the hard-fought wisdom that comes with leading a people-powered political movement.

“Democracy for America has always been honored to fight alongside Nina Turner, from her races in Ohio to her groundbreaking work on the campaign trail for Senator Sanders and all the less visible movement work that’s happened in between. We are jumping in with both feet early in her campaign, because we know that Nina Turner will be a transformative leader in Congress and an incredibly strong representative for Ohio’s 11th.” -- Yvette Simpson, CEO, Democracy for America

DFA has 3,828 members in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, 45,789 in the state of Ohio, and more than one million members nationwide.

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