Ex-assistant challenges incumbent in Ohio prosecutor race

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Democratic primary for prosecutor in Ohio’s largest county pits a first-term incumbent against a former assistant who has been endorsed by Ohio’s top black leader.

With no Republicans having filed to run, whoever wins the March 15 primary in heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County will assume the office in January.

Michael O’Malley, the former assistant, left the prosecutor’s office in May and is now the safety director in the Cleveland suburb of Parma. He was the top assistant under the former prosecutor and became a supervisor for one of the county’s regions when Tim McGinty took office.

McGinty served as an assistant prosecutor for 10 years and a Common Pleas Court judge for 18 before taking office in 2013.

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