In case you missed it… This weekend employment attorney, child advocate and proud daughter of Appalachia Betsy Rader kicked off her campaign to flip a state Senate seat from red to blue in suburban northeast Ohio, telling Cleveland.com, “Every additional seat you can get at the table will matter” for redistricting in 2021.
Announced today that I am running for Ohio State Senate in 2020! Time to get rid of gerrymandering in Ohio and prioritize things that matter – good education, affordable health care, clean air and water, good jobs, common sense gun safety, equal rights for everyone. pic.twitter.com/tiIDyEmjLa
— Betsy Rader (@BetsyRaderOH) October 6, 2019
— Betsy Rader (@BetsyRaderOH) October 9, 2019
Rader ran for Congress in 2018, raising more than $2.2 million and garnering nearly 45 percent of the vote in one of the most competitive congressional races in the Buckeye State. As the (Willoughby) News-Herald noted, “Rader’s race was the closest challenge [Dave] Joyce faced in a general election since Joyce was first elected in 2012.”
In Ohio’s 18th Senate District — which includes all of Portage County, as well as portions of Lake and Geauga counties — Rader is running in an open seat, and the Republicans will likely have a contested primary. State Sen. John Eklund, the incumbent, is term limited.
Willoughby News-Herald: Betsy Rader announces candidacy for 18th District state senate seat
Cleveland.com: Democrat Betsy Rader announces Ohio Senate run
Kent Record-Courier: Democrat Betsy Rader to run for Eklund’s Ohio Senate seat