Columbus Councilwoman To Run For Lieutenant Governor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Democrat Tim Hagan (pictured, right) selected former state Rep. Charleta Tavares on Monday as his running mate for the governor's race this year.

Tavares is a current City Council member who was defeated in a run for secretary of state in 1998.

"Together Charleta and I will fight for the working men and women of Ohio and their families," Hagan said in a news release. "Together we will fight for a bright and prosperous future for this great state."

Tavares has been on the City Council since 1999 and was a state representative for 5½ years.

Gov. Bob Taft, a Republican serving his first term, has not announced his own running mate. The current lieutenant governor, Maureen O'Connor, is running for a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court.

On Saturday, the Ohio Democratic Party executive committee unanimously endorsed Hagan as the party's gubernatorial candidate.

Hagan, a former Cuyahoga County commissioner from Cleveland, was the only Democratic candidate to declare an interest in running against Taft.

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