Dr. Amy Acton announces she will not run for U.S. Senate

Dr. Amy Acton addresses the media on March 26, 2020
Dr. Amy Acton addresses the media on March 26, 2020(WTVG)
Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 3:11 PM EDT
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BEXLEY, Ohio (WTVG) - Dr. Amy Acton, the former head of the Ohio Department of Health, announced Tuesday she will not run for U.S. Senate.

In a statement, Acton said she appreciates the people who have pushed her to consider the Senate run and recognizes a longing among Ohioans for a fresh approach to leadership that is honest, collaborative, and empowering.

“Ohioans -- do not accept anything less from your elected officials,” Acton wrote. “Our leaders’ words and actions matter. We must set the bar higher.”

Acton went on to write that the heart and soul of the nation is at stake in the wake of economic, racial, and health crises -- emphasizing that the future is up to all of us, not just elected officials.

“We must co-create an Ohio that ensures the cultural values of kindness and justice for all,” Acton wrote. “We will inspire a culture of commitment to one another. Together, may we act on kindness, not fear. Love, not hate.”

Dr. Acton resigned as Ohio Director of Health last June after becoming one of Ohio’s most publicly known faces of the state’s early coronavirus response.

When asked why she was resigning last summer, Dr. Acton said she was basically doing three jobs at the same time, making reference to work at ODH, other responsibilities as Director of Health as well as being a very visible member of Governor DeWine’s coronavirus team. “I’m a person that wants to do the best I can, and not short-change anything.”

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