(Columbus) - The former head of the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Amy Acton, is said to be considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being given up by Sen. Rob Portman.
According to cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer, multiple sources confirm Acton is looking into a Senate bid.
Acton became very well known during the COVID-19 pandemic, in part through her daily appearances during Gov. Mike DeWine's news briefings, as well as how she discussed the dangers of coronavirus.
She, however, earned the wrath of conservatives, many who protested outside her home, angry with her restrictions during the pandemic. Acton resigned as head of the Department of Health in June 2020, and is now executive director of a nonprofit organization in Columbus.
Even though Acton worked under a Republican governor, she is a registered Democrat.
Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer say Acton's possible candidacy is still in the discussion stage, and that she has not yet said if she would consider running for the Senate.
The seat is opening up now that Sen. Rob Portman announced earlier this week that he would not run for re-election in 2022.
(Photo courtesy Ohio Department of Health)
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