AKRON — Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich has picked an Akron city councilwoman as his running mate in the Ohio governor’s race.
The 71-year-old Democrat announced Tara Samples as his lieutenant governor pick at an event Friday.
Kucinich called it the honor of his life to stand beside Samples. He described her as a highly regarded community leader, volunteer and political activist.
First elected to Akron City Council in 2013, Samples is a paralegal and former court bailiff and U.S. Postal Service employee.
Kucinich faces former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray, ex-state lawmaker Connie Pillich, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni (shuh-VOHN‘-ee) and Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill in the Democratic primary to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY‘-sik).
Republicans running are Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.