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Cincinnati-area Democratic politician Todd Portune dies

January 26, 2020 GMT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Democrat and former county commissioner in the Ohio county that is home to Cincinnati has died. Todd Portune was 61.

Portune, who served as a Hamilton County commissioner from 2000 until his resignation in 2019 for health reasons, died Saturday at his home in the Cincinnati suburb of Green Township, according to a family statement.

“Todd was a tireless champion for all people, and has left the world a better place through his long legacy of care and love for Hamilton County,” the statement said.

Portune served for several years as a Cincinnati City Council member until his election to the county commission.

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In 2014, the Cincinnati native considered seeking the Democratic nomination for governor against then-incumbent Republican Gov. John Kasich, but decided to remain on the county commission. Ed FitzGerald, who was Cuyahoga County Executive at the time, won the Democratic nomination for governor that year but lost to Kasich in the general election.

Portune fought cancer and other health problems for several years and had to have a leg amputated in 2018.

Portune is survived by his three children.