Former Ohio state senator to speak

Nina Turner

Progressive Democratic political speaker and former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner will speak at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.

Sponsored by the Democratic Party of Hawaii, the event is part of a speaking tour that includes Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island.

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According to her website, Turner was an ardent supporter of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Vermont. She serves as president of Our Revolution, an organization created by Sanders to revitalize American democracy, empower progressive leaders and elevate political consciousness.

She’s also a member of the Democratic National Committee Unity Reform Commission and a founding fellow of the Sanders Institute. Her political experience includes being a member of the Cleveland City Council. She was the Democratic nominee for Ohio’s secretary of state in 2014.