A few weeks ago, the 2014 Ohio gubernatorial race looked like a fairly simple affair.
John Kasich, the incumbent Republican, was set to face off in the fall with a Democrat, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.
The conventional wisdom was that Kasich was the favorite for re-election, although there was polling out there that suggested that FitzGerald – still a relative unknown outside of northeast Ohio – was within striking distance.
Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune says he’s moving forward with plans to run for Ohio Governor. He’s forming an exploratory committee and beginning work on the necessary paperwork from the Board of Elections.
That’s despite not having the backing of the Ohio Democratic Party.
Two Hamilton County commissioners - Democrat Todd Portune and Republican Greg Hartmann - will be featured in Beyond Civility's new fall series of "Side-by-Side" conversations.
The two county commissioners will talk about their backgrounds and the influences that shaped their political views in a discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church, 320 Resor Ave., Clifton.
The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. and is preceded by a social hour with light refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
Hamilton County is preparing to launch a county-wide Collaborative on Infant Mortality Rate Reduction.
Participants include: Hamilton County, City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County Public Health, Children's Hospital Medical Center, UC Health, The Christ Hospital, TriHealth, Inc., and Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio.
"It is a significant collaborative of the major healthcare systems in the region all coming together under one umbrella," says Commissioner Todd Portune.
Hamilton County's infant mortality rate well exceeds the national average.