A local elections official says a little-known, Dayton-area Democrat who qualified for the May ballot has questionable signatures on his petitions to run for Ohio governor.
The Montgomery County Board of Elections' deputy director, Steve Harsman, tells the Dayton Daily News that petitions submitted by Larry Ealy of Trotwood have been referred to the secretary of state for investigation into possible fraudulent signatures. Harsman says some of the signatures appear to have been written by one person instead of the listed individuals.
The newspaper says Ealy couldn't be reached for comment.
The state says candidates for governor need 1,000 valid petition signatures.
Ealy's certification as a candidate set up a gubernatorial primary against Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who has campaigned for months to be the Democratic nominee.