Former Ohio Division of Well being Director Dr. Amy Acton introduced on Thursday that she is weighing a U.S. Senate run in 2022.
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Almost seven months after resigning because the director of Ohio’s Division of Well being, Dr. Amy Acton is re-entering the general public highlight. On Thursday, Acton confirmed that she is going to discover a run for the U.S. Senate as a Democratic candidate in Ohio in 2022.
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“I’m humbled by the outpouring of curiosity and help,” Acton mentioned in an announcement launched on Thursday. “For that purpose, I’m stepping down from my function at The Columbus Basis with a purpose to rigorously contemplate how I can finest be of service at this important time.”
Final week, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced that he won’t search re-election subsequent yr, opening up one of many Buckeye State’s two seats within the U.S. Senate. A possible run for Dr. Acton would deliver rapid star energy to a Senate race already anticipated to draw loads of consideration.
Throughout her time because the Ohio Division of Well being Director underneath Gov. Mike DeWine, Acton turned one of many faces of the state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But regardless of incomes nationwide recognition for her work amid the pandemic, Acton turned a polarizing determine within the state, particularly amongst Republicans who felt the state’s measures had turn into too strict.
Final June, Acton stepped down from her place as well being director however remained an advisor to DeWine till August. In an interview with The New Yorker, Acton defined that she feared she can be pressured to signal orders that might go in opposition to her Hippocratic oath to do no hurt.
Whereas Acton served underneath a Republican governor in DeWine, she has beforehand volunteered on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential marketing campaign and voted in Democratic primaries. Different Democratic candidates in Ohio who’ve been linked to a possible 2022 U.S. Senate run embrace Rep. Tim Ryan and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.