By Marc Kovac
A fourth Democrat has confirmed intentions to seek statewide office in 2014. State Sen. Nina Turner, a Democrat from Cleveland, made official her run for Secretary of State during a series of announcements around the state.
The declaration was expected, as Turner’s own campaign had earlier launched a website (runninarun.org) that included position statements on election policies. She also has been a vocal critic of Republican incumbent Jon Husted and his handling of elections.
“I am running to be secretary of state for all Ohioans. Regardless of your party or your Zip code, your vote should be counted,” Turner said Monday in a press statement.
She added, “We need fair elections, we need to protect every Ohioan’s right to vote, and we need to attract high-quality jobs to this state. In 2012 we saw the worst of election politics, and I am running because we can and must do better.”
Turner has served in the state Senate since 2008 and previously was a Cleveland councilwoman.
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges quickly countered Turner’s take on the November general election.
“After establishing a website to encourage herself to run for secretary of state, liberal Nina Turner’s announcement was not surprising,” he said in a statement. “Her radical policies and rhetoric contrast greatly with Secretary of State Jon Husted’s common-sense conservatism. Secretary Husted has cleaned up Ohio’s voter rolls and has made it easier for American servicemen and women to vote.”
Turner joins Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (governor), state Rep. Connie Pillich (treasurer) and former Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper (attorney general) in declaring their candidacies against incumbent Republican officeholders.
That leaves state Rep. John Carney, D-Columbus, the expected challenger to GOP state Auditor Dave Yost. Carney has not yet made an official declaration on the race.