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TV's Jerry Springer decides against Ohio governor run

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    Jerry Springer is the featured speaker Saturday night at the Medina County Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner and Silent Auction at Williams on the Lake, Medina.

    BOB SANDRICK / CHRONICLE

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CINCINNATI — TV talk show host and former Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer has decided to stay out of the 2018 Ohio governor's race.

WLWT-TV reports Springer announced his decision in his weekly podcast Wednesday in northern Kentucky. The 73-year-old former WLWT news anchorman has hosted "The Jerry Springer Show" for 26 years. It's a raucous show with public airings of guests' personal dramas.

He says as “a husband, father and grandfather,” he wasn't ready for a five-year commitment of campaigning and serving. A half dozen other Democrats are running or considering runs for the 2018 nomination.

Springer was a Cincinnati councilman and survived a prostitution scandal to become mayor in the 1970s.

He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic governor nomination in 1982 and has contemplated other statewide runs in more recent years.



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