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Jim Renacci announces Cincinnati city councilwoman as running mate

December 11, 2017 GMT

Jim Renacci announces Cincinnati city councilwoman as running mate

Two weeks after the top two Republican gubernatorial hopefuls joined forces, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci chose a Cincinnati councilwoman as his running mate, hoping to stay in the race as the underdog candidate.

Renacci, who is from Wadsworth, said Monday during a press conference that Cincinnati Councilwoman Amy Murray had accepted his offer to be his running mate.

“This is a beautiful state and I love the vision Jim has going forward,” Murray said. “I think we’re going to be the right team to do it.”

Murray worked for Procter & Gamble for 14 years before leaving to start a consulting group. She was first elected to the Cincinnati City Council in 2013, winning reelection in November.

She is one of two Republicans on the council.

The selection of Murray adds regional help for Renacci, who is mostly unknown outside of his Northeast Ohio congressional district. It lends credence to his “outsider” campaign, given neither he nor Murray has served in Columbus.

And Murray brings some diversity to the ticket in a year where women are running for office around the country in record numbers.

Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted recently announced they would join together, with DeWine as the gubernatorial candidate and Husted as his number two.

Should DeWine win the primary, the presumptive Republican Party ticket will be all white and all male, though Sandy O’Brien announced her candidacy at a party meeting Dec. 1. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is also running for governor as a Republican.