One-legged former county commissioner announces run for Ohio governor

COLUMBUS — A one-legged former county commissioner who has ridden a bicycle across the country in record time has announced his candidacy for governor.

Dave Kiefer, a Smithville native who lost a leg more than four decades ago after being hit by a drunken driver, plans to seek the Democratic nomination for governor in next year’s race.

He served as Wayne County commissioner from 1989-92 and was on the local ballot last year as a Republican and a Democrat.

He joins Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni of Boardman, D-33rd, and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton among Democrats who have announced their candidacy.

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