Tims said the incident made her feel "embarrassment, humiliation and fear."
"I want to be viewed as a congressional candidate, or a Democratic candidate, not the black candidate," Tims said. "But because I am a woman and in particular a black woman, I wear a layer of responsibility to share my lived experience."
That experience that includes uncomfortable moments like getting pulled over for seemingly no reason, Tims said.
She did not name the agency or officers who pulled her and her aide over to "protect" them.
Desiree Tims post on Instagram
Dayton Daily News reached out to Westerville Police, but they were unable to confirm the incident. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Otterbein Police did not have reports of anyone being pulled over.
Multiple police agencies were working in the area Tuesday due to extra security for the Democratic presidential debate.
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“Hi, I’m running for Congress and I get harassed for being a brown woman who knows her rights,” Tims tweeted Tuesday night.
Tims is running in the 10th Congressional district which includes all of Montgomery, Greene and part of Fayette counties.