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Whaley makes lieutenant governor pick

Toledo mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz endorsed Whaley for Ohio governor
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley will look to unseat Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine during the 2022 election. (AP...
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley will look to unseat Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine during the 2022 election. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)(John Minchillo | AP)
Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 8:55 AM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVG) - Nan Whaley, a Democratic candidate running for Ohio Governor, announced Cuyahoga County Councilmember Cheryl Stephens as her lieutenant governor pick during a press conference on Wednesday morning.

Stephens is also CEO of the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation. She was previously a council member and mayor in Cleveland Heights.

“I’ve known Cheryl for years, since we both served as mayors of our cities, and she’s exactly the type of leader we don’t have enough of in this state,” Whaley said. “Cheryl and I come from different communities in different parts of the state, but we both know this: Ohio deserves better. We deserve a state that works for us. A state government that wants your pay to go up, your bills to go down, and your government to work for you. Whether it’s increasing access to homeownership or growing small businesses, Cheryl has the experience and grit to get the job done.”

On Wednesday, Whaley, the current mayor of Dayton, picked up an endorsement from Toledo mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz.

“I believe that there is no better person to help our great state realize its full potential than Nan Whaley,” Kapszukeiwicz said. “I know she is fully committed to restoring public trust in our state government and making Ohio a place where every family can thrive.”

Whaley has also been endorsed by the mayors in Columbus, Cleveland, and Akron, as well as U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, and multiple members of the Toledo and Lucas County government.

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