Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge Runs for Re-Election

For Immediate Release

December 5, 2011

 

Contact: Michelle Felder

(216) 536-1400

Michelle@marcialfudge.com

 

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge Runs for Re-Election

 

“Many people in our district are struggling or frustrated with an economy and government policies that leave their best interests behind. They deserve a strong voice, a strong heart and proven leadership. I have a promise to keep. Moving this district forward is my top priority. “

BEACHWOOD, OH – Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge announced today her candidacy for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent the people of the 11th District of Ohio. The Congresswoman unveiled her plans at a news conference before supporters, community and faith leaders at Phil the Fire Restaurant in Beachwood, Ohio.

Job creation will remain a major focus in the next term. “Residents tell me time and again that the need for jobs and access to good paying jobs rank as their highest priority. That is why it is my top priority as well,” said Congresswoman Fudge. In addition to legislative initiatives and appropriations she pursued to enhance job retention and growth in the District, Congresswoman Fudge was the first Member of Congress to host a job fair in the nationwide “For the People” Jobs Initiative. Through hard work and determined effort by the Congresswoman and her staff, the event brought together more than 100 employers and secured employment for hundreds of residents in the District last August.

She also plans to continue her vigorous support for social safety net programs that are crucial to low-income families and seniors. Congresswoman Fudge is a staunch defender of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and will continue to work to strengthen these programs for current beneficiaries and future generations. At the news conference, Congresswoman Fudge discussed other urgent priorities: addressing housing issues such as foreclosure and the need for structural relief for homeowners who are “underwater” (mortgage holders who owe more than their homes are worth), continuing her role as a national leader in defending voting rights that are under attack for millions of Americans in Ohio and across the nation, and advocating for children’s nutrition and reducing the epidemic of childhood obesity.

Congresswoman Fudge believes the people of her District are entitled to a maximum return of the tax dollars they send to Washington. In fiscal year 2011, nearly $51 million dollars in federal grants were awarded in Congresswoman Fudge’s district, the vast majority either through her direct efforts or as a direct result of legislation she supported or worked to strengthen.

 

Major Accomplishments

• Congresswoman Fudge has sponsored four major pieces of legislation to encourage job growth, ranging from incentives for employers to train and hire workers to a National Infrastructure Bank. In 2011, she hosted a Job Fair and hundreds of Northeast Ohio residents were able to secure jobs because of the event.

• Congresswoman Fudge has been a leading advocate for voting rights, coming out against Ohio’s proposed Voter ID law and Ohio HB 194 as well as convening her colleagues in Congress to fight suppressive voting laws being passed in legislatures across the county.

• Over the last three years, Congresswoman Fudge has established herself as a champion for children’s health, sponsoring legislation establishing September as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month as well as comprehensive legislation to address childhood obesity that addresses food deserts and safe areas for children to exercise.

• Congresswoman Fudge remains a strong advocate for Medicare and Social Security, vowing not to vote for any legislation that drastically changes recipients’ benefits.

• Congresswoman Fudge recognizes the dedication of our veterans and continues to support them through legislation and by sponsoring events, including the Veterans Benefits Resource Fair. In 2010, $900,000 in appropriations she requested was approved for workforce development and supportive education for veterans. This included grants to Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College and the MAGNET program.

• Rep. Fudge strongly supports the right of workers to collectively bargain. She took to the House floor to speak out against SB 5 and will continue to fight attempts to silence workers.

• Rep. Fudge is committed to seeing that every child has an opportunity to receive a quality education. She convened meetings with school superintendents to better understand the issues they face in their districts.

• Rep. Fudge successfully marshaled other Members of Congress to support an $11 million NIH grant for a new colon cancer research center at Case Western Reserve University. In September, 2011, the University received the money.

• National defense: Congresswoman Fudge led the way to securing appropriations for new and established companies in the District involved in research and development in defense projects. This included $2,000,000 for Arteriocyte’s research in cellular therapy for battlefield wounds and $2,000,000 for the Sherwin-Williams Corporation’s research into Paintshield technology to protect people from microbial threats.

What others say about Congresswoman Fudge’s Leadership and Experience

“With the untimely passing of Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the 11th Congressional District also lost seniority in Congress. Marcia Fudge has now acquired some valuable seniority upon which to build. Additionally, she will be building upon a quickly-earned reputation among her colleagues of being a hard worker and a knowledgeable legislator with leadership qualities. Her re-election is a must if the 11th Congressional District is to maintain the excellence in Congressional service to which it has become accustomed.”  Louis Stokes, U.S. Congress (Retired)

 

“MAGNET deeply appreciates the unwavering support, and all the efforts of Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge in helping secure funding from the Department of Labor for the Career Assistance to the Returning Veterans’ Program. Because of her belief and conviction in this initiative, a “win-win” situation has been created for our returning military personnel as well as the manufacturing community of Northeast Ohio”. Dan Berry, MAGNET Program

 

“It is one thing to appreciate higher education, another to affect positive change. Congresswoman Fudge is the whole package…In a legislative arena such as our nation’s capital, the ability to achieve the standing and stature even to be heard is a challenge in itself. To also secure meaningful support is a victory of significant proportions. Congresswoman Fudge has achieved those triumphs time and again for our community and for our campus.” Barbara Snyder, President, Case Western Reserve University

 

“Congresswoman Fudge has been and is an important, purposeful voice of leadership.”

Rev. Kenneth Chalker, Cleveland

 

“My Congresswoman, Marcia Fudge, is a fabulous leader and remains very much true to the cause of serving others.” Robert Nosanchuk, Shaker Heights

 

“I want to personally thank and extend my appreciation to the Congresswoman and her office for promoting and hosting the job fair. I found her staff and interns to be extremely helpful and hospitable by their direction and knowledge of what agencies were in attendance. Because of their guidance and by my attending the career fair, I was able to obtain a government job and start building an actual career for myself. Thanks Congresswoman Fudge for the opportunity!

Darilyn Hopes, Cleveland

 

Background

In November 2008, Congresswoman Fudge was elected to fill the remaining weeks of the unexpired term of the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Ms. Fudge was sworn into office in December, 2008. During November 2008, the election was also held for the next full Congressional term that began in January 2009. Congresswoman Fudge ran for the full term as well and was overwhelmingly elected. Voters returned her to office by more than an 80% margin in 2010.

The Congresswoman is a life-long Democrat who makes her home in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. For a copy of Congresswoman Fudge’s biography and campaign updates, please visit, www.marcialfudge.com

 

Endorsements

Federal

Hon. Louis Stokes, Congressman 11th District, Retired

 

State

John Barnes, Jr., State Representative District 12

Barbara Boyd, State Representative District 9

Armond Budish, Ohio House Minority Leader

Bill Patmon, State Representative District 10

Shirley Smith, State Senator District 21

 

County

C. Ellen Connally, Cuyahoga County Council President

Ed Fitzgerald, Cuyahoga County Executive

Russell Pry, Summit County Executive

 

Mayors

Bill Cervenik , City of Euclid

Merle Gordon, City of Beachwood

Susan Infeld, City of University Heights

Frank Jackson, City of Cleveland

Ed Kelley, City of Cleveland Heights

Earl Leiken, City of Shaker Heights

John Licastro, City of Bratenahl

Kathy Mulcahy, City of Orange

Bob Nash, Village of Highland Hills

Gary Norton, City of East Cleveland

Don Plusquellic, City of Akron

Dan Pocek, City of Bedford

Brad Sellers, City of Warrensville Heights Mayor Elect

Georgine Welo, City of South Euclid

 

City Council Members

Dan Brown, Orange Village

Kevin Conwell, Cleveland Ward 9

Phyllis Cleveland, Cleveland Ward 5

Jeff Johnson, Cleveland Ward 8

Ken Johnson, Cleveland Ward 3

Dr. David Miller, South Euclid Council President

Mamie Mitchell, Cleveland Ward 6

Mike Polensek, Cleveland Ward 11

Marco Sommerville, Akron Council President

Zachary Reed, Cleveland Ward 2

Elona White, Warrensville Heights Ward 3

 

Democratic Party

Chris Redfern, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman

Cuyahoga County Young Democrats

 

Community

Beth Brandon

David Goldberg

Larry Goldberg

Robert Goldberg

Bill Heller

Basheer Jones

Peter Lawson Jones

Ira Kaplan

Marcia Levine

Richard Romero, President & CEO Latino Media Network

Kent Smith, Euclid School Board Member

Jim Samuels

Linda Weisenberg

Sandy Wuliger

Tim Wuliger

 

Faith Leaders

Rev. Cedric D. Beal, Temple Baptist Church

Rev. E.T. Caviness, Pastor Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church

Rev. Vivian Colston, Pastor Glorious Church of God in Christ

Rev. Keneth Chalker, Pastor University Circle United Methodist Church

Rev. Walter Houston, Temple of Praise Baptist Church

Pastor Cory Jenkins, Pastor Shiloh Baptist Church

Rev. Courtney Clayton Jenkins, Pastor Euclid Avenue Congregational Church

Dr. Larry L. Macon, Sr., Senior Pastor Mount Zion Church of Oakwood Village

Rev. Otis Moss Jr., Pastor Emeritus Olivet Institutional Baptist Church

Pastor Lorenzo Norris, Pastor Concord Baptist Church

Robert Nosanchuk, Shaker Heights

Bishop F.E. Perry, Pastor Cathedral Church of God in Christ

Pastor John Ribbins, Calvary Baptist Church

Rev. Mark Ribbins, Evening Star Baptist Church

Dr. Stephen Rowan, Pastor Bethany Baptist Church

Rev. Paul Hobson Sadler, Sr., Pastor Mt. Zion Congregational Church

Pastor George Stewart, Pastor Zion Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor Cory Tate, Pastor Center of Hope Church

Dr. Rodney S Thomas, Pastor Imani Temple Ministries

Bishop Eugene Ward, Bishop Greater Love Missionary Full Gospel Baptist Church

Dr. C. Ronald S. Williams II, Pastor Mt. Zion Fellowship

Endorsement List in Formation as of December 5, 2011

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