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  Kaptur toys with idea of run for governor
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Last EditedCOSDem  Dec 15, 2005 12:54pm
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News DateThursday, December 15, 2005 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionOhio's top-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House says she is considering a run for governor.

Marcy Kaptur, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, said union groups have urged her to run against fellow Rep. Ted Strickland for the party's nomination. She said she had been quietly weighing her options because nobody had asked her about her plans before.

"I am considering it, but the seniority I own here and the causes I champion would be put at risk by running in Ohio, particularly at a time when a statewide campaign in a big state requires more money than I can ever imagine," Kaptur said in an interview in her office.

Strickland, of Lisbon, said he would prefer to avoid a primary and save his money for the general election, but acknowledged it can help with statewide name recognition.

For now, Kaptur is seeking a 13th term representing Toledo and communities along the western half of the state's Lake Erie shoreline. She had about $800,000 in her war chest on Sept. 30, according to her latest filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Kaptur says she promised long ago not to take money from energy industry groups, something she said puts her at a stark disadvantage in a statewide campaign.
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