Ohio Green Party Candidates Line Up for 2016 Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Green Party has set a spring date for picking its nominee for president and announced candidates for other local, state and federal offices.

The Greens secured minor party status in Ohio in 2014 when their gubernatorial candidate, Anita Rios, received 3 percent of the vote.

In a statement Tuesday, the party said Columbus lawyer and activist Bob Fitrakis plans a fall run against Republican Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien. Fitrakis has been a perennial candidate on minor party ballots.

He will join U.S. Senate candidate Joseph DeMare among Green candidates on March primary ballots. Congressional candidate Dennis Lambert is running as a write-in for the 15th District.

The party will nominate its presidential pick from among five nationally-approved candidates at an April 3 event in Columbus.