CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Former Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said, after consideration, she has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Rob Portman.
The former appointee of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine released a statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing her decision:
The seat will be vacated in 2022 by current Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, who announced he will not run for re-election because of the ongoing divide between the political parties.
Dr. Acton stepped down from the director’s position with the Ohio Department of Health in June 2020 to take a leadership with the Columbus Foundation.
During her time at the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Acton faced pressure from several lawmakers and some state residents for how she handled the coronavirus pandemic, but she said it never bothered her because she remained focused on public health safety.