Candidate announces challenge to Tim Ryan’s bid for U.S. Senate seat

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Consumer protection attorney Morgan Harper announced Wednesday that she is entering the race for the Democratic nomination for Ohio’s open Senate seat.

In her announcement, Harper said she grew up in “working-class Ohio and that she is a Black woman who grew up in a foster home and was adopted and raised by an immigrant from Trinidad who was an educator and lifelong member of the Ohio Education Association.”

“I’m a Democrat running to represent Ohio in the United States Senate to give power back to our communities,” Harper said. “We need fresh, new leadership in Washington and a new game plan. This campaign is going to be built from the ground up, door by door, block by block not only to win but to deliver real change. It’s our turn.” 

Harper is an attorney and community organizer who served during the Obama Administration at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Last year, she co-founded Columbus Stand Up!, which distributed over 20,000 masks during the pandemic.

Valley Congressman Tim Ryan is also running for the Democratic nomination to fill the Senate that will be open since Republican Senator Rob Portman announced he will not seek reelection.

Ryan’s campaign issued a statement Wednesday on Morgan’s announcement:

From now through next November, Tim will be taking his relentless focus on workers to every corner of Ohio, building on the momentum he’s already earned and continuing to win the support of Ohioans in his fight to cut workers in on the deal in the U.S. Senate.

Tim Ryan for Ohio spokesperson Izzy Levy

Republicans seeking the nomination are Cleveland investment banker Mike Gibbons, author J.D. Vance, Josh Mandel, Jane Timken and Cleveland businessman Bernie Moreno.

Jane Timken served as a chairwoman of the Ohio Republican Party. Josh Mandel served as Ohio State Treasurer.

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