State Senator Nina Turner brought her campaign for Ohio Secretary of State to Zanesville Tuesday.
Turner addressed the crowd at the Zanesville Noon Rotary Club before meeting later with a group of business women. The Cleveland native criticized incumbent Jon Husted, saying his actions have limited access to the ballot box.
"Voting should be simple, it should be accessible, and it should be secure," Turner said. "That is the foundation point of why I’m running for Secretary of State, to make sure that that happens. I would love to get young people engaged earlier, too. We only had 17% voter turnout in the primary. That’s pretty abysmal, that’s sad. We need to do more to promote and push people out to vote. I feel like I’m going to be cheerleader in chief as Secretary of State."
Despite a fundraising gap that favors Husted, Turner remains confident about her campaign.
"We’re traveling the state," she said. "I’ve been in every quadrant of the state, and you know what? Money can’t buy you love. And so ultimately, the power is in the people’s hands. And this is what my candidacy is about. It shouldn’t be about money interests."
Turner served as a member of Cleveland City Council before becoming a state senator and also worked as a college professor. She will face off against Republican Jon Husted on November 4.