Police union endorses 4 challengers in Ohio races

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's largest police union has endorsed a bipartisan slate of state candidates in fall elections, including challengers to Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and Attorney General Mike DeWine.

The 25,000-member Ohio Fraternal Order of Police announced endorsements Tuesday. They include four Democrats: Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County executive Ed FitzGerald for governor, Cincinnati attorney David Pepper for attorney general, and state Reps. John Patrick Carney and Connie Pillich for auditor and treasurer, respectively.

The group also backed three Republicans: Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) and Supreme Court Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judith French.

The FOP president cited FitzGerald's support of police during the 2011 collective-bargaining fight as a factor in backing him over Kasich.

A Kasich campaign spokeswoman says the governor has built a strong partnership with local law enforcement that continues.

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