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Justice Democrats endorse top Sanders ally Nina Turner to fill Ohio House seat

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - FEBRUARY 26: Nina Turner, National co-chair of the Bernie Sanders campaign, speaks before introducing Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during a campaign rally at the Charleston Area Convention Center on February 26, 2020 in North Charleston, South Carolina. South Carolina holds its Democratic presidential primary on Saturday, February 29. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The progressive group Justice Democrats is throwing their support behind former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, a top ally of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, in her campaign to succeed Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, who is poised to join President-elect Joe Biden's cabinet.

(CNN)The progressive group Justice Democrats is throwing their support behind former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, a top ally of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, in her campaign to succeed Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, who is poised to join President-elect Joe Biden's cabinet.

Justice Democrats' endorsement will brighten the spotlight and add new grassroots fundraising might to Turner's bid, which already has the backing of Sanders and a number of leading progressive organizations.

Justice Democrats, which recruited New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ahead of her 2018 victory and led the charge in 2020 for freshman Reps.

"We are so proud to support Nina Turner because she has stood with our progressive movement since Day 1," Justice Democrats Executive Director Alexandra Rojas said in a statement.

We know Senator Turner will help create a mission-driven team in Congress to deliver relief during this pandemic and fight for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, racial justice, and getting big money out of politics. "

In a video released Monday, Turner -- who has been allied with the group for years and addressed potential candidates, including Ocasio-Cortez, at an early gathering back in 2017 -- said she is "proud to call myself a Justice Democrat" and pledged to "take this fight from Ohio's 11th District to the halls of Congress. "

A former Cleveland city councilor who was appointed to the state senate in 2008 and reelected in 2010 before losing a race for secretary of state four years later, Turner was endorsed by Sanders shortly after she entered the race.

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