State Sen. Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, will discuss Ohio politics and her 2014 run for Ohio Secretary of State at the inaugural public event of the Akron Press Club on Sept. 12 at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech. This event is co-sponsored with the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
Turner, the oldest of seven children, earned her associate’s degree from Cuyahoga Community College, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cleveland State. She started her political career as an aide to then-state Sen. Rhine McLin and became executive assistant of legislative affairs in the administration of then-Mayor Michael White. Her first elected office was on Cleveland City Council. She later was selected by the Ohio Senate Democratic caucus to fulfill the unexpired term of Sen. Lance Mason. She won her first full term in 2010.
Turner championed voting rights throughout the state in the run up to the 2012 presidential election, and announced this summer she’ll take on Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted in the fall of 2014. She has criticized Husted for appealing court decisions that reinstated early voting the weekend before the election and for not challenging billboards in poor urban neighborhoods that she claimed were an attempt to suppress African-Americans from voting.
Speaker: Ohio Sen. Nina Turner.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 12. Program follows.
Place: Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, University of Akron campus.
Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.
Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211, email RSVP@cmoresearch.com or go to www.cmoresearch.com/apc
Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, Sept. 9.
The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.