Kucinich names Akron city councilwoman as running mate

The 71-year-old Democrat announced Tara Samples as his lieutenant governor pick

U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, makes a point during a debate of congressional candidates at the City Club in Cleveland Monday, Feb. 20, 2012.
U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, makes a point during a debate of congressional candidates at the City Club in Cleveland Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich has picked an Akron city councilwoman as his running mate in the Ohio governor’s race.

The 71-year-old Democrat announced Tara Samples as his lieutenant governor pick at an event Friday.

Kucinich called it the honor of his life to stand beside Samples. He described her as a highly regarded community leader, volunteer and political activist.

First elected to Akron City Council in 2013, Samples is a paralegal and former court bailiff and U.S. Postal Service employee.

Kucinich faces former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray, ex-state lawmaker Connie Pillich, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni and Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill in the Democratic primary to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Republicans running are Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

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