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  Fingerhut takes steps to enter Ohio governor race
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Last EditedCOSDem  Jan 06, 2006 02:04pm
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News DateFriday, January 6, 2006 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionState Sen. Eric Fingerhut moved closer to officially entering the Democratic primary for governor by filing a notice of a campaign and sending out invitations to a fundraiser in his Cleveland-area base.

Fingerhut's entry would give U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland major competition for the nomination in the May 2 primary. Former state Rep. Bryan Flannery of Strongsville also is in the race but has little recognition outside the Cleveland area. Fingerhut ran an unsuccessful campaign in 2004 for U.S. Senate, losing to incumbent Republican George Voinovich 64 percent-36 percent.

The invitation said if Fingerhut is elected, the state will have "real vision and the courage to take bold steps." The fundraiser is planned at the home of Michael Cristal, a Shaker Heights insurance executive.

"Each of us on the committee has made a significant contribution to Eric's gubernatorial exploratory campaign, which we fully believe is a solid financial investment in the future of Ohio," the invitation says.
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