Joe Biden unveils list of 19 Ohio endorsements

Seth A. Richardson - Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)

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.

Seth A. Richardson

Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)

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