Ohio Democrats are rolling out their full statewide ticket at an endorsement event hosted by abortion and women's health care provider Planned Parenthood.
Wednesday's event in Columbus signals the party's intention to make women's health issues a campaign theme as they seek to unseat Gov. John Kasich and the state's other Republican elected officials this fall.
Governor Kasich’s Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald spoke at the Ahiska Turk Community Center in Dayton on Wednesday, harshly criticizing the Republican governor’s economic policies.
The party line at FitzGerald’s Dayton event: Kasich takes from poor, and gives to the rich.
“His budgets have undeniably been a tax shift away from the poor and middle class,” said newly-minted city commissioner Jeffrey Mims, “and moving towards doing everything they can to help his buddies and his friends who are at the top of the financial food chain.
A longtime Cincinnati-area officeholder says he plans to run for Ohio governor, setting up a Democratic primary with the county leader from Cleveland.
Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune says he's hearing from rank-and-file Democrats a desire for a choice in the May 6 primary. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has been considered the Democrats' presumptive nominee as they seek to take the governorship back from Republican Gov. John Kasich in 2014.
Gov. John Kasich still holds a lead over Democratic opponent Ed FitzGerald in next year's race for governor, but that lead appears to be shrinking. The latest Quinnipiac poll has Kasich at 44% to FitzGerald’s 37%, which compares to 47% to 33% in Quinnipiac’s June survey. Peter Brown conducts the poll, and says while Kasich’s lead from the June poll has been cut in half, it’s still good news for the incumbent governor.