Ohio Democrat says will decide on gov run soon

CINCINNATI (AP) — A southwest Ohio Democrat plans a campaign swing around the state before deciding whether to go forward with his run for governor.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune (POR'-toon) announced Dec. 30 he would run. He said he had been hearing from rank-and-file Democrats about their desire for a choice after Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has been running for months. But Portune said he wouldn't file by the Feb. 5 deadline if he determined there wasn't enough statewide support.

Portune tells The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1gXEnZ1 ) he is making what he calls an "aggressive swing" to assess whether he can mount a successful challenge. He plans stops over the next week in cities including Athens, Lima and Lorain.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has no GOP challenger at this point.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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