Press Release

Jewish Democrats Endorse Shontel Brown in OH-11 Primary

July 2, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA), the national voice of Jewish Democrats, today announced its endorsement of Shontel Brown in the OH-11 primary.  

JDCA CEO Halie Soifer said: “We are proud to endorse Shontel Brown in the OH-11 primary because she shares our Jewish and Democratic values on a wide range of issues, including access to affordable, quality health care, ensuring jobs that pay fair wages, supporting public education, taking action to end gun violence, protecting our democracy, and ensuring equity and justice for all.”

JDCA hosted the first candidate forum in this primary earlier this year, and it was clear at that time – as it is today – that Brown is the strongest candidate who most closely aligns with  Jewish Dems in OH-11. JDCA plans to mobilize its Ohio Chapter in support of Brown, and to sponsor ads targeting Jewish voters. 

On Israel, Brown supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and does not support conditioning of U.S. aid; she has publicly voiced her support for the ten-year, $38 billion U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), including at JDCA’s candidate  forum. Brown supports President Biden’s efforts to reach a “longer and stronger” nuclear agreement with Iran. 

JDCA Chairman Rep. Ron Klein, who is originally from Cleveland, said: “We are proud to endorse Shontel Brown in this primary, and to organize Jewish Democrats across Ohio in support of her. Shontel shares our views on a range of issues, including the importance of protecting our democracy, ending the epidemic of gun violence, and supporting – not politicizing – the U.S. relationship with Israel.”