Columbus lawyer files for AG’s office

A lawyer from the Columbus area is the only candidate to file as an independent for Ohio attorney general by today’s deadline.

Robert M. Owens of Delaware filed nominating petitions with about 1,100 signatures with the secretary of state’s office. Those who ran as independents needed to file petitions with at least 750 valid signatures.

The secretary of state’s office will send Owens’ petitions to counties in which he obtained signatures to check their legitimacy, said Kevin Kidder, an office spokesman. The process should take a couple of weeks, Kidder said.

If Owens has enough valid signatures, the secretary of state will certify him as a candidate for the November ballot.

Owens is a trial lawyer who received his law degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, according to his law firm’s Web site.

Marc Dann, a Liberty Democrat, resigned May 14 as attorney general.

Since Dann’s resignation, Tom Winters, first assistant attorney general, has run the office.

Gov. Ted Strickland is considering who he’ll appoint to serve as interim attorney general.

The Ohio Democratic Party is waiting until Strickland makes an appointment before proceeding with its process.

Democrats and Republicans have until 4 p.m. Aug. 20 to select their attorney general candidates for the Nov. 4 election.

Republicans established a committee to review its candidates.

Also, those who want to run as write-in candidates have until 4 p.m. Sept. 3 to file with the secretary of state’s office.

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