Ohio Democrat Todd Portune says will decide on governor run soon

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A southwest Ohio Democrat plans a campaign swing around the state before deciding whether to go forward with his run for governor.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune announced Dec. 30 he would run. He said he had been hearing from rank-and-file Democrats about their desire for a choice after Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has been running for months. But Portune said he wouldn't file by the Feb. 5 deadline if he determined there wasn't enough statewide support.

Portune said the purpose of the campaign is to help him assess whether he can mount a successful challenge. He plans stops over the next week in cities including Athens, Lima and Lorain.

Gov. John Kasich has no GOP challenger at this point.

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