Democrats Cite Differences In Final Ohio Governor’s Debate

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) – Four Democrats battling for their party’s nomination in the race for Ohio governor are emphasizing their differences ahead of the May 8 primary.

Former federal consumer protection chief Richard Cordray pointed to his experience during a Tuesday night debate on Miami University’s Middletown campus, including winning two statewide elections.

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich says he can take Ohio in a new direction and that he’s been a leader in pushing for a statewide ban on assault-style weapons.

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill is calling for legalizing marijuana and building more state mental health hospitals, while state Sen. Joe Schiavoni says he’ll be a fighter with fresh approaches.

Attorney General Mike DeWine is seeking the Republican nomination against Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.