On Tuesday, Ohio Democrats signaled their unhappiness with the coastal “woke” crowd taking over the party. Samuel Chamberlain of the NY Post reports:
Far-left Democrats were dealt a big blow Tuesday as former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, a co-chair of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign, was defeated by Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown in a much-anticipated special US House primary election.
With 96.5 percent of precincts reporting, Brown led Turner by 4,380 votes out of more than 71,000 votes cast. Turner conceded the race soon after 10 p.m. local time, telling supports: “On this night, we will not cross the river.”
The contest in Ohio’s 11th District, a deep-blue constituency that includes most of Cleveland, parts of Akron and several majority-black precincts in between the two cities, was widely seen as a referendum on the future direction of the Democratic Party.
Endorsements poured in accordingly, with Hillary Clinton, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), the political arm of the Congressional Black Caucus, and major unions backing Brown. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow members of the progressive “Squad” swung behind Turner, while Sanders headlined a get-out-the-vote rally in Cleveland for his onetime surrogate over the weekend.
Facing Brown in the general election will be Republican candidate, Laverne Gore. Gore describes herself on her website with the following note:
”My American Dream began on E. 92nd and Hough on Cleveland’s Eastside. I am one of 9 children, and a life-long resident of Cleveland, and of the 11th Congressional district. My father, Moses, who worked as a steel worker and lithographer, and my mother Josephine, who worked as a nurse, encouraged all 9 of us to dream BIG!
So I dreamed big!
I was educated in Cleveland Public Schools and after graduating from John Adams High School, I went on to earn my Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and Organizational Development from Pitzer College, one of the Claremont Colleges in California.
My late husband Larry, was a Marine Corps veteran, and an engineer with Lockheed Martin, which afforded us and our boys the opportunity to live abroad, experiencing Europe, the Middle East, and Northern and Western Africa.
While simultaneously working, and raising a family, I continued my education earning Master’s degrees in Adult Education (M.Ed.) from Cleveland State University and in Public Health (M.P.H.) from the Northeast Ohio Medical University.
I have always maintained a home in Cleveland, and have deep ties to the community which has provided so much for my family and me.
Laverne is a community activist, and as Executive Director of the Ohio Diversity Coalition she has organized clothing and food drives in Cleveland’s public housing developments for many years. As Executive Director of the Sarah J Harper Leadership Institute she has served as a trainer, mentor, and role model for young African American women.
She is a firm believer in life, in traditional family values, personal responsibility, and second amendment rights, Laverne is uniquely positioned to carry out the message of inclusion to Black American voters in the 11th district and across the United States.
In February she met with the President in the White House to discuss her candidacy. She has been a county wide candidate, Republican Party officer and activist, and in the past 4 years, a radio talk show host.
In short, Laverne Gore possesses the intelligence, the charisma, the communication skills, the connection to the local community, the experience, and most importantly, the integrity to reach and represent the citizens of the 11th district.
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