U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo is the only one of four elected Democratic U.S. representatives from Ohio who has not endorsed a replacement for Chris Redfern, the outgoing Ohio Democratic Party chairman.
In this statement, Kaptur pledged to support whoever wins the election.
"As the Ohio Democratic Party elects new leadership, and though I will not have a vote in that process and thus choose to remain neutral in the race and allow the Executive committee to work its will, I stand united with our Ohio Democratic delegation in support of the Ohio Democratic Party's reform and rebuilding efforts so vital to representing all the people of Ohio.
"Despite the extreme gerrymandering imposed on Ohio by the Republican Party which has severely tamped down the interests of millions of Ohioans, I will stand united with my colleagues in support of the new Chair, Vice Chair and Democratic team that will lead our Party's efforts in the years ahead. I sincerely thank all the candidates who are working so hard across our vast state to this end and recognize their sincere desire to put their full talents to good purpose.
"Our Party respects each one, and frankly needs each one's talents and experience. I pledge my efforts to assuring our united efforts to build forward with the new leadership at the Ohio Democratic Party. Our mandate must be to achieve progress in Ohio through more representative and effective government."