NCOC profiles candidates

North Central Ohio Conservatives President Jim Green urged local Republicans to help get gubernatorial hopefuls Donald K. Allen and Kelly Kohls on the primary ballot at a meeting Thursday.

Although Allen is not affiiliated with a political party, he is gathering signatures needed to run against Gov. John Kasich in the May Republican primary election. Candidates are required to have collected 1,000 signatures statewide by Jan. 25.

Youngstown resident Allen ran for U.S. president in 2008 and U.S. Congress in 2010. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Agriculture and eventually opened a private veterinary practice in Youngstown.

Allen also is the director of Companion Animal Protection Society, serves on the board of directors for Angels for Animals and is a member of the Youngstown Rifle and Pistol Club. He served in the U.S. Air Force.

Running with Allen for lieutenant governor is the chair of the Warren County Tea Party, Kelly Kohls.

Kohls served on the Board of Education for the Warren County Career Center and is a past president of the Springboro Community City School Board of Education.

Kohls is president of Ohio School Board Leadership Council, an organization focused on providing information about educational issues.

Republican candidates Ted Stevenot and Brenda L. Mack have since left the primary.

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