Pro-Democrat PAC Backs Connie Pillich For Ohio Governor

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A political action committee dedicated to electing Democratic women has endorsed Connie Pillich, the lone female remaining in the Democratic May primary for governor.

Backing from EMILY’s List could boost Pillich, a former Air Force captain and ex-state lawmaker, in a five-way primary that includes former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray and former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Cordray, a former state attorney general and treasurer, and former Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill plan to turn in their petitions on Tuesday, a day ahead of the filing deadline. The fifth candidate is Youngstown-area state Sen. Joe Schiavoni.

EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock says it’s “beyond time” for Ohio to elect a woman governor. Her group’s endorsement of Pillich comes amid a wave of women seeking election nationwide.