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Biden wins backing of Columbus Mayor Ginther, Cincinnati Mayor Cranley - News - The Columbus Dispatch


Mayors Andrew J. Ginther of Columbus and John Cranley of Cincinnati lead a wave of new endorsements for Joe Biden today, barely a week before Ohio voters head to the polls.

“Joe Biden has spent his entire career fighting for working families like those I represent here in central Ohio, and I know that he’ll continue that fight as president,” Ginther said in a prepared statement.

“Biden ensures that no voice is unheard in the political process and that the little guy always gets a seat at the table. I’m confident that with Biden’s compassionate, steady leadership, our country will again be on solid footing — and that under Biden’s presidency, Buckeyes will be able to rest easy knowing the days of Trump’s chaos have finally come to an end.”

The Ohio endorsements continue the sweeping nationwide trend of numerous Democrats coming together behind Biden for the party’s presidential nomination. California Sen. Kamala Harris, a former Biden rival, added her name to the list Sunday.

Ginther’s formal endorsement is slated for a 10:30 a.m. press conference with Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein “and special guests” at Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church, 858 3rd Ave.

At about the same time, former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory will be doing the same thing in his city, with Cranley’s endorsement expected to be the highlight.

In all, the backing of “dozens of Ohio leaders” for the former vice president is expected to be announced.

Over the weekend, former Ohio attorney general and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray endorsed Biden, as well, after his preferred candidate dropped out of the race.

Cordray had endorsed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was instrumental in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which Cordray directed during the Obama-Biden administration.

Biden himself is scheduled to appear in Columbus on Tuesday afternoon. An exact time and location still have not been set.

Both Biden and his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, have scheduled visits to Cleveland that night. Sanders landed the endorsement of the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Sunday.

The dueling campaign rallies come the same day voters in Michigan and several other states cast ballots in their respective primaries, although the Great Lakes State is deemed most vital to the future of Sanders’ campaign, since he won a key victory there four years ago.

drowland@dispatch.com

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