COLUMBUS — A pair of Greene County residents head the list of candidates who qualified to run for statewide offices in the May 6 primary.
On the list released by Secretary of State John Husted on Monday were Sharen Swartz Neuhardt of Yellow Springs and current Attorney General Mike DeWine of Cedarville. Neuhardt, 62, is on the ballot with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Edward FitzGerald. Republican DeWine, 67, is seeking a second term as attorney general. He previously has served as Lt. Governor, Ohio and U.S. Senator and in the U.S. House dating back to the early 1980’s.
A total of 21 candidates were certified while four who submitted petitions did not make the cut. Among those who were not certified was Fairborn resident Aaron Keith Harris, who submitted petitions to run for Secretary of State for the Libertarian party.
Others certified to run for governor and lieutenant governor were Larry Ealy and Ken Gray, Democrat; Charles R. Earl and Sherry L. Clark, Libertarian; and incumbents John Kasich and Mary Taylor, Republican.
Certified to run for auditor in addition to DeWine were David Pepper, Democrat; and Steven R. Linnabary, Libertarian.
Certified for the auditor of state race were incumbent Dave Yost, Republican; and John Patrick Carney, Democrat.
Husted, a Republican, will appear on the ballot with Nina Turner, Democrat.
For treasurer of state, incumbent Josh Mandel, Republican; and Connie Pillich were certified.
Four were certified to run for two supreme court justice seats. For a full term commencing Jan. 1, 2015, incumbent Sharon L. Kennedy, Republican; and Tom Letson, Democrat will appear on the ballot. For a full term commencing Jan. 2, 2015, incumbent Judi French, Republican; and John P. O’Donnell, Democrat, will appear on the ballot.
To have qualified for the ballot, major party candidates must have collected 1,000 valid signatures and minor candidates must have collected 500 valid signatures.