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State Sen. Nina Turner brought her "Run, Nina, Run!" campaign for Ohio Secretary of State to Portage County on Monday evening, speaking to about 100 Democrats at Maplewood Career Center. The event was sponsored by the Portage Active Democrats.
Turner's speech focused on protecting the right of all eligible voters to exercise the franchise and have their vote counted.
Turner described efforts to exclude African Americans and other minority voters, the elderly, and college students from voting. She also detailed the role of the Ohio Democratic Party to protect voting rights through both legal and political efforts.
Turner said the best response to efforts to deny voting rights, whether those efforts come from the Ohio legislature or the U.S. Congress or the Supreme Court, is to organize and ensure a big turnout in this year's elections.
As she said, "There's an app for that," and ensuring Democrats energize their superior numbers of registered voters will win back seats in the legislature and the key state offices.
State Rep. Kathleen Clyde introduced Turner and the night's central topic, protecting constitutional voting rights.
Christine Craycroft, executive director of the Portage Park District, presented the case for supporting Issue 10, a 0.5-mill levy to support the district's operating and capital expenditures over the next decade.