The Latest: P&G veteran to be Mary Taylor’s running mate
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the race for Ohio governor (all times local):
Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is tapping a veteran Procter & Gamble Co. executive as her running mate in her bid for the governorship.
Taylor said in a tweet she will announce her choice Wednesday in Cincinnati. A Republican close to the campaign tells The Associated Press that it is Nathan Estruth. The person requested anonymity because the information had not yet been announced.
Estruth is CEO of the Hamilton-based plastics technology company iMFLUX Inc., which grew out of his work in a P&G new-business innovation division called FutureWorks. Another GOP governor candidate, Rep. Jim Renacci (ruh-NAY’-see), earlier chose as his running mate Amy Murray, a Cincinnati city councilwoman and former P&G Asian business executive.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has Secretary of State Jon Husted (YOOS’-ted) as his running mate in the Republican side of the crowded race.
Former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray is joining forces with former congresswoman and Obama-era official Betty Sutton in the Ohio governor’s race as Democrats position to win back the key battleground state in November.
A Democrat close to Cordray’s campaign for governor tells The Associated Press the decision on Sutton as his running mate will be announced Wednesday. The person requested anonymity because the information hadn’t been made public.
Cordray and Sutton served under President Barack Obama and are expected to draw big-name Democratic support to the campaign trail.
Republicans Mike DeWine and Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) merged their gubernatorial campaigns Nov. 30 to consolidate support and financial resources for what’s expected to be a bruising national fight.
Four other Democrats and two other Republicans are running to succeed GOP Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik), who’s term-limited.
A spokesman for former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (koo-SIH’-nich) says the Democrat plans to provide more details on whether he plans to run for Ohio governor “over the next several days.”
The 71-year-old former congressman and Cleveland mayor designated a campaign treasurer in papers filed Monday, the first step to a potential run.
Spokesman Andy Juniewicz said in a statement Tuesday that the filing “was not a formal declaration of candidacy.” He noted Kucinich has not made an official announcement nor filed nominating petitions.
Should he run, Kucinich would join a crowded Democratic field that includes former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray.
Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is term-limited and unable to seek re-election.
Democrat William O’Neill has picked a Cleveland educator as his running mate in the race for Ohio governor.
Chantelle E. Lewis, of East Cleveland, is a former city council member and school board member, a one-time Cleveland schools teacher and a current elementary school principal in Lorain County.
O’Neill caused a national stir in November when he volunteered candid details of his sexual past on Facebook in an attempt to take a swipe at the “media frenzy” over sexual misconduct. He later apologized.
The 70-year-old retiring Supreme Court Justice, military veteran and nurse on Tuesday called the addition of Lewis to his ticket “a dream come true.” He said the 42-year-old, who is black, brings a diversity and experience to his team that will resonate with Democratic voters.