Cordray still has competition in the May 8 Democratic primary: former Ohio Supreme Court justice Bill O’Neill, former U.S. representative Dennis Kucinich, Cleveland Clinic physician Jon Heavey, political newcomer Paul E. Ray, former Dayton male stripper and tow truck driver Larry Ealy, and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, each filed petitions. Election officials expect to certify those petitions by Feb. 21.
In the Republican primary, Attorney General Mike DeWine is facing off against Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. DeWine won the backing from the Ohio Republican Party state central committee, over strenuous objections from Taylor.
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