Schiavoni names state board of education member as running mate


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YOUNGSTOWN

State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, announced that Stephanie Dodd, elected member of Ohio’s State Board of Education, will be his lieutenant governor running mate.

“Stephanie is an incredible addition to our team. She’s dedicated, driven and makes it clear through her work that she cares as much as we do about Ohio families,” Schiavoni of Boardman, D-33rd, said Tuesday. “Stephanie and I both worry about what the future will hold for our young kids. Together we can work to give every child a chance at a quality education, a good-paying job and a successful life.”

Dodd of Licking County represents more than 1 million constituents in her role on the state education board. She was elected in the 9th District, which includes all or part of 13 counties in central and southeastern Ohio.

“2018 is the year for new, tireless leadership for the state of Ohio. At the Statehouse, Joe is a powerful voice for families who are often ignored by political insiders. I know he shares my passion for education, job creation and an end to the opioid crisis,” Dodd said. “I’m excited to work with Joe to lead Ohio into the future.”

First elected in November 2012, Dodd won a three-way race with more than 60 percent of the vote. Four years later, she ran unopposed.

On the board, Schiavoni said Dodd has led initiatives to decrease emphasis on state tests and increase resources for early childhood education.

Dodd has worked in the banking industry as a financial analyst and currently runs SLD Consulting.

Schiavoni is one of six declared Democratic candidates for governor and the first to name a running mate. The other Democratic candidates are Richard Cordray, a former state treasurer and attorney general; ex-U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton; former state Rep. Connie Pillich; Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley; and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill.

Among Republican gubernatorial candidates, two have chosen running mates – Attorney General Mike DeWine selected Secretary of State Jon Husted, and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci picked Cincinnati Councilwoman Amy Murray. The other Republican running for governor is Mary Taylor, current lieutenant governor.

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