The re-election campaign of Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman today announced the formation of an African-American Leadership Council.
The 33-member group includes two Toledoans - Jan Scotland and Cliff Porter.
Jan Scotland is well-known in Toledo for his efforts on behalf of youth and for trying to run for office. Being a Republican in Toledo, he's not had much luck in the political realm. He was appointed to council in 1987 but lost in the election to Jack Ford. He also lost Ford in 1994 in a contest for a Toledo House of Representatives seat.
Less well known locally is Porter, of Monclova Township, a former head of government relations for HCR ManorCare.
In 2013, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living named him as its new head of government affairs. He had an eight-year tenure as vice president of government relations for HCR.
The AHCA/NCAL news release said that Porter was active with Kids Unlimited, a Toledo organization where he volunteers tutoring elementary students in underperforming school districts. He and his wife, Deborah, are the parents of three children.
Here is a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Porter at a gala for the Valentine Theatre in 2011:
(Photo by The Blade's Andy Morrison)
Here's the Portman press release:
Portman for Senate Launches African American Leadership Council
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today the Portman for Senate campaign announced its African American Leadership Council, a group that will advise Senator Portman on issues impacting the urban community and will help spread the word on Senator Portman’s policy initiatives to grow jobs and expand opportunities for all Ohioans.
Led by Steering Committee members Jennette Bradley of Columbus, Bishop Timothy J. Clarke of Columbus, Leonard Hubert of Granville, Larry H. James of Columbus, Rev. Dr. Damon Lynch, Jr. of Cincinnati, Rev. Dr. Larry L. Macon, Sr. of Oakwood Village, Rev. Peterson Mingo of Cincinnati, Bishop Marva Mitchell of Dayton, and Rev. Dr. Michael Noble of Newark, the Leadership Council will be an active component of the Portman campaign’s policy team and political strategy and outreach.
“I’m proud to have this group of distinguished community leaders by my side as we work to promote policies that grow good-paying jobs and continue to make progress on reducing recidivism, improving opportunity, and giving everyone a shot at the American Dream," said Portman.
“Rob Portman cares about people of all races, religions, and economic backgrounds, and he is the exact type of elected official we need fighting for Ohio in the U.S. Senate. I like Rob because of what Rob does, I like President Obama because of what he does, and I like people who do the job irrespective of party,” said Rev. Damon Lynch, Jr.
“Rob Portman remains one of the single most effective advocates for policies that strengthen families, communities and institutions in Ohio. I recognize and appreciate his work and wish him continued success,” said Bishop Larry Macon.