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Ohio governor candidate's petitions get scrutiny

Published: February 19, 2014 8:25 AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A local elections official says a little-known, Dayton-area Democrat who qualified for the May ballot has questionable signatures on his petitions to run for Ohio governor.

Montgomery County Board of Elections officials say petitions submitted by Larry Ealy of Trotwood were referred to the secretary of state for investigation into possible fraudulent signatures. They say some signatures appear to have been written by one person.

The Dayton Daily News says Ealy couldn't be reached for comment.

Candidates for governor need 1,000 valid petition signatures. The elections board's director tells The Columbus Dispatch that Ealy met that threshold without the questionable signatures.

Ealy's certification as a candidate sets up a gubernatorial primary with Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who has campaigned for months to be the Democratic nominee.

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