CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati-area Democrat says he plans to run for Ohio governor, which would set up a Democratic primary with the county leader from Cleveland.
Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune tells The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/KhpvsO ) he wants to enter the race because, in his words, "there needs to be a choice."
Democrats have set their sights on taking back the governor's office from Republican John Kasich (KAY'-sik) in 2014, but a primary could be costly for the party and the candidates.
The 55-year-old Portune spent the last two decades as a Cincinnati city councilman or Hamilton County commissioner. He says he'll travel throughout Ohio next month to gauge support before deciding whether to file as a candidate.
Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Executive Ed FitzGerald has been considered the Democrats' presumptive gubernatorial nominee.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com