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Democrats Running for Governor Are Counting Up Endorsements

Pillich, Schiavoni, Whaley, Sutton
Statehouse News Bureau

The Democrats vying for the party’s gubernatorial nomination are starting to announce more endorsements before next month’s first primary debate. 

With four contenders in the race, the Democratic candidates for governor are laying out who’s supporting their campaigns.

Former state Rep. Connie Pillich and current state Sen. Joe Schiavoni both have a handful of labor groups and plan to unveil more endorsements soon.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is rolling out a list of local government officials who are backing her. That includes fellow mayors Luke Feeney of Chillicothe and John Cranley of Cincinnati.

“The stuff that’s effecting your life every day you call a local leader on and also they really do the work of setting a vision for their communities and partnership with them," Whaley says. 

Former Congresswoman Betty Sutton is touting the endorsement of 20 unions, the most of any Democratic candidate so far. Her campaign also plans to roll out what it calls a growing list of endorsements from elected officials.