Former Ohio Sen. Nina Turner To Serve As Co-Chair Of Bernie Sanders Campaign

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FILE – In this April 9, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, smiles as former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, left, claps during a campaign event for Sanders at the Apollo Theater in New York. Turner, a leading Bernie Sanders supporter, said Tuesday, July 26 that people are still emotional and frustrated over the outcome of the Democratic presidential nomination race, as she appeared on television news channel MSNBC as part of the channel’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

It seems Bernie Sanders is taking seriously the complaints that his last presidential campaign was not very inclusive of Blacks. So this time around for the Elections 2020, Sanders has announced a diverse campaign cabinet.

Former Ohio Sen. Nina Turner has taken a leave of absence from her position as president of Our Revolution to serve as co-chair of Vermont Sen. Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign.

“Turner, a Democrat, has been a staunch public ally of Sanders, an independent running as a Democrat, since Sanders’ 2016 run for president. As president of Our Revolution, the political group birthed out of Sanders’ 2016 campaign, she’s become a nationally known figure tasked with keeping enthusiasm alive for the 77-year-old Sanders’ political platform,” Cleveland.com reported.

“Our Revolution has been the keeper of the flame doing the vital work of building a grassroots movement that leverages the people’s agenda,” Turner said. “Senator Sanders’ 2020 campaign is a reflection of that work and I look forward to joining his team as a co-chair to ensure we have a true progressive champion in the White House dedicated to racial, social, economic, and political justice.”


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Cleveland native Turner, who started her career in office in 2006 after she was elected to Cleveland City Council, made an unsuccessful bid for secretary of state in 2014. She has long supported Sanders. In fact, in November 2015 she unendorsed Hillary Clinton to back Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary.

Turner will serve on the Sanders campaign with California congressman Ro Khanna; Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s.

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“To win this election and build a movement to defeat Donald Trump, we must bring together a team prepared to fight for economic, social, racial and environmental justice ― and that’s exactly what Nina, Ro, Carmen and Ben have been doing their entire lives,” Sanders said in a statement announcing their selection. “Together, along with a million-person grassroots movement, we will confront the powerful special interests that dominate the economic and political life of our country and enact an agenda that represents all the people, not just powerful special interests.”


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Ann Brown has been a freelance writer for more than two decades. Her work has appeared in CocoaFab, Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire.com, New York Trend, Upscale, Moguldom, AFKInsider, The Network Journal, Playboy, Africa Strictly Business, For Harriet, Pathfinders, Black Meetings & Tourism, Frequent Flier, Girl, Honey, Source Sports, The Source, Black Radio Exclusive, and Launch. She studied journalism at New York University and has her B.A. Born in New York, Ann lived in Praia, Cabo Verde, for nearly a decade. She created “An American In Cabo Verde,” a Facebook community.