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Ocasio-Cortez endorses Turner in Ohio special election

Ocasio-Cortez endorses Turner in Ohio special election
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez hits Yang over scrapped Eid event: 'Utterly shameful' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel The Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel MORE on Monday endorsed Nina Turner, the former Ohio state senator and national co-chair of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWyden: Funding infrastructure with gas tax hike a 'big mistake' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel The Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel MORE's (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign, in her race to represent Ohio's open 11th Congressional District.

“Nina is a bold, unapologetic progressive who has spent her entire career advocating for the working people of Northeast Ohio, and a powerful voice for progressive values and policies that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of working people across this country — like Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and a Green New Deal,” Ocasio-Cortez, herself a veteran of Sanders's 2016 campaign, said in a statement. 

“I need her alongside me in Congress in the fight for racial, economic, social, and environmental justice,” she added. 

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Turner said she was “honored” to receive the endorsement, adding that she looks forward to “working together to build a democracy where no child goes hungry, no worker earns a starvation wage, and where every business respects our planet.”

The 19th News first reported on the endorsement. 

The seat in Ohio’s 11th District opened when then-Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeCarter sworn in as House member to replace Richmond, padding Democrats' majority HHS, HUD team up to extend COVID-19 vaccine access in vulnerable communities Iowa governor signs law allowing landlords to refuse Section 8 vouchers MORE (D) was tapped by President BidenJoe BidenKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' US officials testify on domestic terrorism in wake of Capitol attack MORE to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Fudge, a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was first elected to Congress in 2008.

On March 10, the Senate confirmed her nomination on a 66-34 vote. Fudge is the first woman to hold the position since 1979, and only the second Black woman and third woman ever to lead the department.

Turner, one of at least half a dozen Democrats seeking the seat, has also secured endorsements from Sanders, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who served alongside her as co-chair of Sanders campaign and progressive Democratic Reps. Cori Bush (Mo.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.)  and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.).

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineBiden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines White House to announce deal for free vaccination rides from Uber, Lyft Biden to talk vaccination strategy with bipartisan governors MORE (R) on Thursday set the special election to fill Fudge’s seat for Nov. 2, with a primary to be held on Aug. 3.