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Former Dayton Mayor Taps Cuyahoga County Leader As Running Mate In Gubernatorial Race

 Cheryl Stephens, Cuyahoga County council member, joins Nan Whaley's gubernatorial ticket for the Democratic nomination.
Andy Chow
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Statehouse News Bureau
Cheryl Stephens, Cuyahoga County council member, joins Nan Whaley's gubernatorial ticket for the Democratic nomination.

Nan Whaley announced Wednesday she's selected Cheryl Stephens to join her ticket in the race for the Democratic nomination in the Ohio governor's race.

Stephens is a member of the Cuyahoga County Council, CEO of the non-profit East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation (EANDC), and former mayor of Cleveland Heights.

Whaley said Stephens is a leader who knows how to focus on accomplishing her goals for the community.

"We deserve a state that works for us. And the only way we'll get there is with the total overhaul. And as your next governor and lieutenant governor, that's our promise. Government that is looking out for you, not themselves," said Whaley.

 Nan Whaley, former Dayton mayor, announces Cheryl Stephens as her running mate in the 2022 Ohio gubernatorial race.
Andy Chow
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Statehouse News Bureau
Nan Whaley, former Dayton mayor, announces Cheryl Stephens as her running mate in the 2022 Ohio gubernatorial race.

Stephens emphasized her passion for Ohio and the ability to foster the "American dream." She said that dream comprises three points: access to quality education, fair wages, and affordable homeownership.

"What I see in my work every day is families that are struggling. They live paycheck to paycheck. We need to get wages up to help them take care of their families better," said Stephens.

Whaley said their ticket is focused on raising the minimum wage, improving workforce development, and ending corruption in state government. She has targeted HB6, the law at the center of the nuclear power plant bribery scandal. Whaley said she will repeal all remaining provisions of HB6 and create an accountability office in her administration.

Whaley has been outpacing her Democratic opponent, John Cranley, in fundraising. The two will be running for the Democratic nomination in the May 3 primary.


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Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.