Republican commissioner says he’d back ex-Dayton stripper over Cordray for governor

Larry Ealy

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Larry Ealy

Larry Ealy, a Dayton Democrat running for Ohio governor for the second time, got encouragement on Tuesday from two Warren County commissioners.

During brief comments at the weekly commission meeting, Ealy told commissioners Dave Young, Shannon Jones and Tom Grossmann, all Republicans, he had been an exotic dancer 25 years ago.

“You are? I can tell,” said Grossmann.

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The other Democratic candidates for governor in the May 8 primary election are Richard Cordray, Joe Schiavoni, Dennis Kucinich, William O’Neill and Paul Ray.

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After Ealy said he was running against Cordray, Grossmann wished him luck.

“I would say this. I would vote for you over Richard Cordray anytime,” Young added before the meeting was adjourned.

In 2014, Ealy and running mate Ken Gray of Cincinnati received 17,197 votes — 17 percent of those cast statewide — in the Democratic primary against former Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Sharen Schwartz Neuhardt of Yellow Springs. FitzGerald won the primary with 83 percent of the vote but lost the general election to Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

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