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Todd Portune ends Gubernatorial bid
Won't challenge Ed FitzGerald in Democratic primary

Todd Portune ends Gubernatorial bid
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Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune today ended his bid to take on Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald in this year's Democratic primary.  His campaign released the following statement:
Portune, who first announced his probable interest in the race on December 17, 2013, had narrowed his choice of a running mate to current Toledo Councilman, and former Toledo Mayor and Minority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives, Jack Ford.
Portune, who had travelled around Ohio over 38 counties during the past 45 days meeting with Ohio voters, elected officials and leaders of organizations traditionally associated with the Democratic Party in an effort to assess their interest in supporting a choice for Governor in the Democratic Primary, said that he and Ford were unable to carry their joint effort any further. Portune offered his ongoing pledge to help bring the kinds of creative, best practice solutions to the state's problems that are being developed at the local level all over Ohio and that he and Ford were committed toward doing in a gubernatorial bid.
Portune said, "it is at the local level where government is not only working across party lines, but it is at the local level where government has to work. Jack Ford and I both understand that local governments cannot pass the buck. We have to find solutions, across party lines within our means. While we have concluded that we are unable to meet our goals for the state through the means of a gubernatorial race, we both look forward to continuing in our efforts to work for the betterment of the Ohio Democratic Party and for the State of Ohio in other ways than as candidates for statewide office."
Portune offered his thanks to the many people around the state who took the time to lend their support, meet with him, to offer their views and to share their concerns. He closed by saying, "we have a great state with wonderful people and terrific assets. Jack Ford and I are living proof that all things are possible despite the challenges we all face. Our commitment to Ohio and to the many people we have met along the way does not end here. Instead we will find other ways, given the blessings and the assets that we have, to continue to fight for a better Ohio."
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