Friday, January 17, 2014

Ed FitzGerald chooses Dayton-area attorney Sharen Neuhardt as his new running mate

Democrat Ed FitzGerald reset his campaign for governor Friday, selecting Dayton-area attorney Sharen Neuhardt as his new running mate.

A twice-failed candidate for Congress known as a staunch defender of abortion rights, Neuhardt replaces State Sen. Eric Kearney, whose business-related financial problems became a distraction to the campaign and forced him from the ticket last month.

FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive and frontrunner to challenge Republican Gov. John Kasich in the fall, is expected to introduce Neuhardt at a Saturday rally in Dayton. The Northeast Ohio Media Group first reported Neuhardt as FitzGerald’s pick Thursday evening after an unintentional clue from one of FitzGerald’s county administrators.

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