Candidates for Ohio Governor

Photo of Mary Taylor and Mike DeWine
STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio’s gubernatorial primary is Tuesday. On the Democratic side, four candidates are seeking their party’s nomination. On the Republican side, it’s a contest that pits the state’s current lieutenant governor against the state’s current attorney general. The question is whether President Donald Trump could have an impact on that race.

The Republican gubernatorial ballot has gone through several changes since this race started. What was once a four-person race is now a two-person battle between Mike DeWine and Mary Taylor.

photo of Jackson Memorial Middle School
SOL HARRIS/DAY ARCHITECTURE

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Feb. 22:

photo of Mike DeWine and Jon Husted
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Ohio Republican Party has voted to endorse Attorney General Mike DeWine as their gubernatorial candidate. DeWine’s running against Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, who had very strong words for how the endorsement process went down.

A photo of Jon Heavey and his family.
HEAVEY FOR GOVERNOR

Among the surprise names that came up in the filings for governor was that of Cleveland doctor Jon Heavey. He embraces the idea of being a political outsider but Heavey’s sudden campaign is bringing some big dollars to the race.

Before becoming a doctor with the Cleveland Clinic, Heavey served in the Army and also worked as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley.

gathering for Kucinich running mate annoucement
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich has selected an Akron councilwoman has a running mate in his bid to be Ohio’s next governor. Tara Mosley Samples joined the ticket today and immediately promoted ideas such as a higher minimum wage and more healthcare.