Information – Gubernatorial Candidates

January 1, 2014

Dear Democrat:

FYI…a second Democrat has indicated an interest in running for Ohio Governor (according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer). 

Please see the article below for more details….

Sincerely,

David M. Farrell
State Central Committee Member
10th State Senate District

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Hamilton County commissioner’s gubernatorial candidacy sets up prospect of a primary with Ed FitzGerald

By Robert Higgs, Northeast Ohio Media Group The Plain Dealer
December 30, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune tossed his hat in the ring as a candidate for governor Monday, announcing he’ll appoint a treasurer and set up a campaign committee.

The move sets up the possibility of two Democrats squaring off for a vote in May before the party can turn its full attention on Republican Gov. John Kasich in November.

“I am today declaring my intent to appoint a treasurer and to form a committee and to announce my candidacy to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for the office of governor of the state of Ohio,” he told a news conference in Cincinnati.

Setting up the committee and appointing a treasurer will allow Portune, now in his fourth term as a Hamilton County commissioner, to raise money that will help him gauge interest in his candidacy.

That’s important, because Portune indicated he might not pursue a candidacy if he finds there isn’t some support out there.

There is no such thing as an exploratory committee in Ohio. Once Portune files his paperwork to establish the committee and name a treasurer, he will be an actual candidate. But he could still change his mind about running.

The deadline for candidates to file candidacy petitions for the primary election is 4 p.m on Feb. 5.  No one has filed petitions for the Governor’s seat yet.

“I am entering this because I feel a real sense of responsibility,” Portune told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “There needs to be a choice. I won’t file just to be on the ballot.”

If Portune stays in the race, it would pit him against a candidate who already has been campaigning for several months to unseat Kasich. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald formed his own campaign committee in March 2013 and has visited each of Ohio’s 88 counties at least once already.

Portune lives in Green Township in Hamilton County. He previously was a Cincinnati councilman.

As a candidate for governor, might he look to the north for help balancing the ticket?

Cuyahoga County Council President C. Ellen Connally disclosed Friday evening that she’s talked to Portune about the possibility of being his running mate. But she said then she also was not sure she wants to run.
‘I’ve not made any decision,” Connally said.

But on Monday, Portune talked about his fondness for Greater Cleveland.

“In my four years in Oberlin and ever since, I have taken great pride in the city of Cleveland. It is a great American city, full of wonderful people, full of successful businesses and incredible opportunity,” he said. “We need to make sure that Cleveland gets all the help it needs from state government.”