Today, Dennis Kucinich announced he selected Akron City Councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples as his running mate for the Ohio governor’s race.
— Adolfina Villanueva aka Black Justice (@TheWayWithAnoa) January 19, 2018
Mosley-Samples was first elected to Akron City Council in November 2013. Since that time Mosley Samples has proven herself to be a committed and outspoken leader serving her community and beyond. Kucinich announced his bid for Ohio Governor earlier this week.
Some have raised concern about his recent comments over the past year that seem favorable to the current president. Kucinich has said he is the only Democrat running who can win back Democratic voters who voted for Trump. In the initial aftermath of the 2016 Presidential election, there was much discussion about working-class voters and economic anxiety. As many have noted working-class Americans regardless of race, have been concerned about the economy and other “pocketbook issues.”
A September 2017 report by Working America looking at the decline in the Black vote in Ohio, noted working class Black voters were primarily concerned about the economy. A Kucinich/Mosley-Samples ticket speaks to a broad cross-section of Ohio voters by focusing on the issues and not shrinking away from tough subjects. This matchup will test the ability of progressives to focus on “pocketbook issues” as well as matters of social justice. We can do both.
With several Democrats running to fill the top seat, this is a ticket that is sure to galvanize voters across the state. Kucinich has already been making his appeal directly to voters across the state within the first few days of his announcement.
— Tara L. Samples (@TaraLSamples) October 7, 2017
Having watched Councilwoman Mosley-Samples during a progressive organizing event in July 2017, I have the utmost confidence in her candidacy. She speaks and leads from the heart, and she is about service first. Adding the firepower of Mosley Samples, along with her base of support, this is a team to watch!
Proud to announce my running mate for Lt Governor, Akron Councilwoman, Mother, Grandmother, Bernie Delegate, leader and visionary, Tara Samples. “Finally a ticket that looks like #WeThePeople!” said Tara in her speech today. #PowerToWeThePeople #Kucinich4Ohio pic.twitter.com/wnPJ4ou9ez
— Dennis Kucinich (@Dennis_Kucinich) January 19, 2018
We will update the story as more information comes in.