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Mon., 1:47pm: Southwest Ohio Democrat may enter governor's race

December 30, 2013
Tribune Chronicle | TribToday.com

CINCINNATI - A Cincinnati-area Democrat was poised Monday to say whether he'll enter the race for Ohio governor.

Longtime Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune planned on announcing his decision Monday afternoon in Cincinnati.

If he enters the race, it would set up a May 6 Democratic primary with Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who has been running for months. Democrats want to take back the governor's office next year from Republican John Kasich.

Portune recently told the Northeast Ohio Media Group that he began thinking anew about running for governor after fellow Cincinnati Democrat state Sen. Eric Kearney was pressured off FitzGerald's ticket amid questions about tax liens. The Northeast Ohio Media Group also reported that Cuyahoga County President C. Ellen Connally said over the weekend she has talked to Portune about potentially being his running mate.

Portune has spent the past two decades as either a Cincinnati city councilman or Hamilton County commissioner, elected commissioner in 2000. He has promoted riverfront and other urban redevelopment, along with environmentally, transportation and public safety initiatives. He also has spoken out against the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals' stadium deal with the county.

 
 

 

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