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Kucinich names city councilwoman as running mate

January 19, 2018

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks at a news conference after announcing his run for Ohio governor the previous day, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Cincinnati. Kucinich said he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich has picked an Akron city councilwoman as his running mate in the Ohio governor’s race.

The 71-year-old Democrat announced Tara Samples as his lieutenant governor pick at an event Friday.

Kucinich called it the honor of his life to stand beside Samples.

He described her as a highly regarded community leader, volunteer and political activist, and said having a black woman join his ticket demonstrates his commitment to diversity inclusion as governor.

Kucinich faces former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray, ex-state lawmaker Connie Pillich, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni (shuh-VOHN’-ee) and Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill in the Democratic primary to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik).

Republicans running are Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

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