Ohio doctor gives self $1.5M for possible run for governor

Ohio doctor gives self $1.5M for possible run for governor

The only public indication Heavey wants to be Ohio governor is he established a campaign committee on Dec. 18 and loaned it $1.5 million on Jan. 31. The website jonheavey.com is inactive.

Heavey, who could not be reached for comment, lives in Rocky River, works at the Cleveland Clinic and is a licensed medical doctor, according to public documents.

Like other governor candidates, Heavey must turn in valid signatures from at least 1,000 Ohio registered voters by Feb. 7 to qualify for the primary ballot.

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The loan, which can be canceled at any time, puts him just behind Democrat Richard Cordray who has $2-million in campaign cash and ahead of former state representative Connie Pillich who reported just under $1-million on hand.

Heavey is an Army veteran who was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and 2008 as a battalion surgeon, according to his LinkedIn page. He holds an engineering degree from Dartmouth College, a medical degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s in business administration from Yale University, his LinkedIn profile says.

On his Twitter account, he describes himself as “hopelessly optimistic buffalo sports fan. often cries into beer.”

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