CLEVELAND, Ohio – Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat running for president, unveiled a list of 19 Ohio endorsements just days before he is set to appear on the debate stage in Westerville on Tuesday.
While not including any of Ohio’s congressional delegation, Biden’s list is composed of multiple legislative and local lawmakers, including Cleveland City Councilman Blaine Griffin. Presidential endorsements in Ohio are few and far between as the debate in Westerville approaches, with Biden’s list being the most expansive thus far.
“As an Ohio native, I’m thrilled to announce a great group of Buckeye endorsements ahead of next week’s debate in Westerville,” said Biden campaign manager Greg Schultz. “Ohio is crucial to this election, and this campaign will never take it for granted. The legislators and leaders joining us today will not only deepen our broad, diverse coalition, they represent the America we’re fighting for.”
Here is the full list:
State Sen. Hearcel F. Craig
State Rep. Rich Brown
Cleveland City Councilman Blaine Griffin
Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein
Lorain City Councilman Cory Shawver
Lorain County Recorder Judy Nedwick
South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo
Garfield Heights Mayor Victor Collova
Former state Rep. Jay Goyal
Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer
Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler
Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz
Columbus City Councilman Mitch Brown
Franklin County Treasurer Cheryl Brooks-Sullivan
Oakwood Village Councilwoman Eloise Hardin
Kenn Johnson, Executive Committee Member, Cuyahoga County Democrats
Melissa Klide Hedden, finance director for Richard Cordray’s 2018 campaign
Rick Neal, 2018 congressional candidate
Richard A. Stoff, founder and retired CEO of the Ohio Business Roundtable
Toledo Rep. Marcy Kaptur has not officially endorsed any candidate, but said she is “very favorably disposed” to Biden.