DARKE COUNTY -The Darke County Democratic Party hosted its annual Spring Gala on Wednesday where State Senator Nina Turner was honored as the guest speaker.
Sen. Turner currently represents Ohio’s 25th Senate District, including portions of Cuyahoga and Lake Counties, and is a current candidate for Ohio Secretary of State.
She currently serves as the Ranking Member on the Insurance & Financial Institutions Committee and the Finance Subcommittee on Education, as well as a member of the Ohio Ballot Board. She is also a board member of the United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Police Foundation.
During her speech, Turner stated that her reasoning for running as the Ohio Secretary of State are the same ones that make her a democrat.
“As democrats we stand up for social justice and equality for all folks. We don’t just stand for democrats, but we stand in the ready position for all people,” said Turner. “And you should be proud of who you are and what you are and why you are a democrat.”
Turner also expressed her increasing discontent with Ohio legislators who she viewed as “passing budgets that give tax breaks to very, very wealthy folks, while meanwhile increasing taxes on poor, working-class and middle-class folks. Something is wring with that,” she said.
During her speech, Turner spoke about her recent efforts to oppose recent bills passed by the General Assembly which she views to reduce Ohio’s early voting period, make absentee voting more difficult and increase the likelihood that ballots could be thrown out through technical errors.
“We have one of the worst redistricting maps in the entire country, where constituents and citizens and voters of this state no longer get a chance to vote for their elected officials. But rather it’s elected officials selecting their constituents, and something is wrong with that.”
Turner also took issue with what she interpreted as the rival party’s tendency to marginalize the majority of the Ohio workforce and instead appealing to the elite.
“We have policy makers who preach from a doctrine of scarcity when it comes to everyday working class folks but a doctrine of plenty when it comes to the One Percent,” she said. “I don’t begrudge anyone for having wealth. Wealth is a beautiful thing. But not at the expense of everyday people.”
Turner also stressed her own family background as the oldest of seven children as first-hand experience of the trials and tribulations faced by everyday working class citizens.
“I am not confused as to why I am there in Columbus. I am there to be the voice of the voiceless,” she said.