COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio Democrats have taken the rare step of putting up a candidate for every Ohio House district in 2012, even those that vote reliably Republican.
The party says the recruitment effort shows they're energized following the successful campaign to repeal an overhaul of Ohio's collective bargaining law championed by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and fellow Republicans. The Democratic slate emerged in candidate filings made Wednesday with the secretary of state.
State Rep. Debbie Phillips, co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus Campaign, said Ohioans were fired up over the union-limiting bill as well as budget cuts to schools. Maureen Reedy, the 2002 Ohio Teacher in the Year, is among teachers, other public employees, veterans and local government officials who are running.
State Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern is also among the candidates.