Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald.
THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate, Ed FitzGerald, officially has a primary election opponent trying to block his path to challenging Republican Gov. John Kasich this fall.
Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office on Tuesday certified the May 6 primary election ballot, which includes Dayton area resident Larry Ealy.
The filing of candidate petitions by the little known Mr. Ealy had come as a surprise, so insiders were watching to see if he filed the minimum of 1,000 valid signatures of registered voters to qualify. He did.
But the Green Party’s would-be candidate for governor, Dennis S. Spisak of Struthers, as well as Libertarian candidates for secretary of state, auditor, and treasurer, came up short on the 500 valid signatures they needed.
For governor, Mr. Kasich will again run with Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.
Mr. FitzGerald, currently Cuyahoga County executive, will run with Sharen Schwartz Neuhardt as his would-be lieutenant governor.
Mr. Ealy is paired with Cincinnati area resident Ken Gray.
Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl, a former Republican state representative from Bowling Green, will appear on the fall ballot with Sherry L. Clark.
Governor marks the sole statewide race that will involve a primary challenge. The other races shake out as follows:
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