DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial contender Ed FitzGerald plans to join his newly chosen running mate Saturday for their first campaign stop together.
FitzGerald announced his choice of Sharen Swartz Neuhardt in an email to campaign supporters Friday. The 62-year-old Neuhardt is a Dayton-area lawyer who ran unsuccessfully for Congress, in 2008 and 2012. She graduated from Georgetown University's law school.
The two plan to campaign Saturday afternoon in her hometown of Dayton, as they seek to take on Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) this fall.
Neuhardt brings geographic and gender diversity to the ticket. FitzGerald is Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County executive in Cleveland.
FitzGerald first selected state Sen. Eric Kearney, a Cincinnati lawyer who is black, to be his lieutenant governor. But Kearney later withdrew after revelations that he had hefty tax liens.