Meet the Ohio Elected Officials Who Endorsed Pete Before Tuesday’s Debate

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Oct 14 · 3 min read

Ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, Ohio, Pete Buttigieg earned the endorsements of eight prominent elected officials and party leaders from across the state.

These new endorsements build on early support from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, and Lima Mayor David Berger, demonstrating significant energy behind Pete for America in Ohio.

Below are the Ohio leaders that announced their endorsement of Pete:

  • Joe Schiavoni, Former Democratic State Senate Leader
  • Casey Weinstein, State Representative (OH-37)
  • James Celebrezze, retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice
  • Ken Harbaugh, Navy veteran and former Congressional Candidate
  • Greg Landsman, Cincinnati City Council
  • Sean Fennell, Newark City Councilmember
  • Nick Komives, Toledo City Councilmember
  • David Donofrio, Board of Education Member, South-Western City Schools

Joe Schiavoni, Former Democratic State Senate Leader

Excerpted from his op-ed in the Youngstown Vindicator:

“I know that an honest guy like Pete, from a city like South Bend, won’t turn his back on the Youngstowns, Cantons, and Toledos in our state. Because of his background in the military, the private sector, and as mayor, Pete speaks about issues in ways that real people understand. Pete listens, and he connects. As an attorney and former legislator, I find the best approach to be work first, but fight when you have to. That’s the kind of leader I want in the Oval Office. And that’s why I’m supporting Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president of the United States.”

“I am honored and proud to be on Team Pete. I admire the Mayor for stepping up to serve our nation, for coming back home to throw his heart and expertise into serving South Bend, and for representing our generation so admirably to the nation. I appreciate his executive, city-level experience and the midwestern perspective he brings to his bold policy ideas. Pete understands how to lift up all Americans, and he will make an incredible President!”

James Celebrezze, retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice

“The midwestern sensibility that Mayor Buttigieg brings to his candidacy is the same type of leadership and dedication that is needed for our country at this time. A career built on service to our nation and one that will rebuild integrity and forward thinking.”

“I’m proud to support my fellow Navy veteran Pete Buttigieg. Imagine the contrast in a general election, between a millennial who stepped up to serve after 9/11, and our current Commander-in-Chief, who ran as fast as he could in the other direction when it was his turn to serve. Pete is the right candidate to take on Trump, unify the American people, and move our country forward in this make-or-break moment.”

Greg Landsman, Cincinnati City Council

“Successfully leading a midwestern city is crucial experience. Pete also knows we have to do everything in our power to rebuild our middle class, and to do so in a way that includes everyone. He’s plans, including on racial justice and expanding opportunities for all Americans, are workable and needed. Finally, Mayor Pete asked for my support, and he knows that people want to be asked to help. That’s the leadership we need now more than ever.”

“As a fellow local elected official I fully endorse Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president. His success as mayor demonstrate his ability to connect with diverse groups of people where they live and work. Pete’s service as a mayor and in the military give him the perfect experience without all of the partisan distractions in Washington. I know he will listen and work to bring our country back together. “

Across the country, Pete is winning endorsements from leaders who know what it takes to improve American lives. If you also think Pete has what it takes, please consider chipping in before Tuesday’s debate.

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