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Kucinich names city councilwoman as running mate

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich has picked Akron City Councilwoman Tara Samples as his running mate in the race for Ohio governor.

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    Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks at a news conference after announcing his run for Ohio governor the previous day, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Cincinnati. Kucinich said he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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    Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Cincinnati, after announcing his run for Ohio governor the previous day Kucinich said he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    John Minchillo

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    Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Cincinnati, after announcing his run for Ohio governor the previous day Kucinich said he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    John Minchillo

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    Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich reacts to a question at a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Cincinnati, after announcing his run for Ohio governor the previous day Kucinich said he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    John Minchillo

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    Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich smiles at a news conference after announcing his run for Ohio governor the previous day, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Cincinnati. Kucinich said he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    John Minchillo

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    Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich waves to supporters after speaking at a news conference announcing his run for Ohio governor, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Kucinich said he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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    Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks during a news conference announcing his run for Ohio governor, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Kucinich said he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Tony Dejak

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    Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks during a news conference announcing his run for Ohio governor, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Kucinich said he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Tony Dejak

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    Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks during a news conference announcing his run for Ohio governor, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Kucinich said he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Tony Dejak

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    Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich smiles after speaking during a news conference announcing his run for Ohio governor, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Kucinich said he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Tony Dejak

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    Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, right, greets supporters after speaking during a news conference announcing his run for Ohio governor, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Kucinich said he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Tony Dejak

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    Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks during a news conference announcing his run for Ohio governor, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Kucinich said he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Tony Dejak

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    Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks during a news conference announcing his run for Ohio governor, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Kucinich said he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Tony Dejak

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    FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2015 file photo, Dennis Kucinich arrives at the 4th annual Sean Penn and Friends "Help Haiti Home" Gala at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Kucinich is preparing to make the Democratic primary for Ohio governor a five-way race. The outspoken Democrat is set to make his announcement on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at a community center in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)

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    FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2013 file photo, former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and his wife, Elizabeth Kucinich, arrive for a reception honoring the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors honorees, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Kucinich announced on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, that he is entering the Democratic primary for Ohio governor. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — 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.



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