Nina Turner files paperwork for Ohio congressional run
Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator who served as national co-chair for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign, has filed to run for Congress.
Turner filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Wednesday for a committee titled “Nina Turner for US,” local NBC affiliate WKYC reported.
The outlet reported that Turner is expected to formally announce a bid soon for the seat currently held by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio).
Fudge has reportedly been selected by President-elect Joe Biden to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The Hill has reached out to Turner for comment. A person listed as a campaign treasurer on Turner’s FEC forms did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
BREAKING – IT’S OFFICIAL: @ninaturner has filed to run for congress #OH11 https://t.co/bNni91nolJ
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) December 9, 2020
Reports emerged earlier this week that Turner was weighing a congressional run as Fudge’s name was floated for Biden’s Cabinet.
The Ohio congresswoman has not been formally named by Biden’s transition, but said earlier this week that being selected for HUD secretary would be “an honor.” She was previously floated as a potential Agriculture chief.
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) expressed confidence this week that Fudge would have a position in Biden’s Cabinet. “It may not be at Agriculture, but she will be nominated to be in the Cabinet,” he said Tuesday.
Should Fudge be confirmed to join the incoming administration, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) would have to schedule a special election in the state to fill her seat representing the 11th District.
Turner is one of a number of candidates reportedly expected to run in the historically blue Cleveland-area district. She served as a state senator in Ohio from 2008 to 2014 and was a prominent surrogate for Sanders.
Rep.-elect Cori Bush (D-Mo.), another ally of Sanders, took to Twitter to throw support behind Turner running for Congress when reports first surfaced of her mulling the move earlier this week.
“It would be a dream to work alongside her in Congress,” Bush tweeted.
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