Run, Nina Turner, Run!

A response to the reports that the former Ohio State Senator and Bernie Sanders’ national campaign cochair is contemplating a run for Congress.

Lauren Elizabeth
4 min readDec 9, 2020



Given the way it feels as though everything has devolved over the past nine months, I’m sure I’m not alone in struggling to find optimism in the idea that meaningful change can be achieved through electoral means. While there have certainly been silver linings along the way, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t found it difficult not to sink entirely into my admittedly cynical mindset. Having said that, recent reports about Biden’s pick of Congresswoman Marcia Fudge to serve in his administration as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development has given me the most significant reason to remain hopeful that I’ve had in months.

To be clear, it is not the selection of Congresswoman Fudge that’s gotten me excited, but rather who will hopefully be running in the special election to replace her as Representative for Ohio’s 11th district: former Ohio State Senator and top Bernie Sanders ally, Nina Turner.

Joseph Choi with The Hill writes:

“Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator and prominent ally to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), is reportedly considering a congressional run.

Two sources close to the matter told Politico for a report Tuesday that the Democrat has considered running for Rep. Marcia Fudge’s (D-Ohio) House seat should Fudge join the incoming Biden administration.

“Currently, there is no vacancy in the district and if it becomes vacant, things will unfold as they should,” Turner told the outlet.

Turner, 53, added when pressed, “Well, there’s been an outcry for me to at least consider it. You know, I’m a public servant through and through, but I’m just going to leave it there for now.”’

Putting aside the fact that Joe Biden selected Fudge to run knowing that Turner could run to replace her is probably the only significant concession that Bernie’s wing of the Democratic party will get from his administration, the prospects of Nina Turner in the halls of Congress is genuinely exciting.



Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at or Twitter @xlauren_mx