As former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley looks ahead to this year's gubernatorial election, he's finally announced who will join him as his running mate — someone feminist icon Gloria Steinem has endorsed.
In a Jan. 5 email to media, Cranley announced that Ohio Sen. Teresa Fedor of Toledo would join him in the race to unseat current Gov. Mike DeWine.
"Teresa Fedor has proven that she has the experience, compassion and wisdom to join me in bringing about an Ohio comeback," Cranley said. “"Together, with our combined records of accomplishments, I’m confident that she is the perfect choice."
Since 2002, Fedor has served in both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate in non-consecutive terms. A Democrat, she has fiercely championed abortion rights, disclosing in a 2015 legislative session about Ohio's "heartbeat bill" the rape and abortion she had endured while serving in the military.
"You don’t respect my reason, my rape, my abortion, and I guarantee you there are other women who should stand up with me and be courageous enough to speak that voice. What you’re doing is so fundamentally inhuman, unconstitutional, and I’ve sat here too long. I dare any one of you to judge me, because there’s only one judge I’m going to face," Fedor told Republican colleagues in 2015.
In a news release from Cranley, Fedor said, "With Roe v. Wade under attack by far-right extremists across the country, I am proud to be part of this pro-choice ticket. I trust John to veto every attack on choice that crosses his desk. I would not be standing here if I didn’t. Women get to decide what to do with their bodies — not the government."
Activist and Ms. magazine co-founder Steinem — who also is from Toledo — praised Fedor's selection as Ohio's potential lieutenant governor in a release.
"I can think of no one who has more courageously represented the needs of her constituents, including the often forgotten welfare of women and girls," Steinem said.
In addition to her abortion advocacy, Fedor sponsored Senate bill 183, which expands the Human Trafficking Justice Act and would remove solicitation, prostitution and loitering offenses for human trafficking survivors applying for conviction records expungement. The bill currently is in committee.
She also sponsored Senate bill 253, which would provide Ohioans universal, single-payer access to healthcare, dental care and vision care as well as a prescription drug plan. That bill also is in committee.
Cranley announced his gubernatorial run in August after months — some would say years — of speculation. According his campaign website, Cranley is running on a moderate platform around middle-class job creation, small-business growth, human rights, and education and infrastructure improvements, among other issues. The platform also includes legalizing recreational marijuana to fill Ohio's tax coffers.
Mike DeWine, Ohio's incumbent Republican governor, has announced his plans to run for a second term. Democrat Nan Whaley, who is currently the mayor of Dayton, announced her candidacy in April and shares many of Cranley's platform issues, which makes some Democrats nervous about an expensive primary battle.
Cranley most recently served for two terms as Cincinnati's mayor, ending in 2021. Aftab Pureval was sworn in as mayor on Jan. 4.
Ohioans will vote in a gubernatorial primary on May 3 and will select the governor on Nov. 8. The winner will be sworn in on Jan. 9, 2023.
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