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  Kaptur won't run for statewide office [OH]
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Last EditedCOSDem  Jan 09, 2006 10:03am
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News DateMonday, January 9, 2006 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionU.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur will pass on the Ohio governor's race and seek re-election instead.

Miss Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat, told The Blade yesterday that she will pull the papers necessary to run for a 13th term sometime today, ending her latest exploration of a statewide run.

She said the decision turned on distaste for the massive fund-raising she'd need to replace term-limited Gov. Bob Taft and worries about giving up two decades of congressional seniority.

"I just think it's too great a risk for too little a reward," she said.

The head of the influential United Auto Workers union in Ohio said last month he was encouraging Miss Kaptur to join the governor's race, which many Democrats believe their party could win this year to break a four-term losing streak.

Miss Kaptur, who has discussed running statewide - and for president - in years past, said she was considering it.

Constituents told her to stay put, by a two-to-one margin, Miss Kaptur said yesterday. She read aloud three such comments, including one from a fellow parishioner who told Miss Kaptur she prayed for her to do "the most good for the most people."
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