So there will be a gubernatorial primary in Ohio this spring. Dayton-area Democrat Larry Ealy has qualified for the May ballot, as has Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.
The two will vie for the Democratic nomination on the May 6 primary ballot.
While Gov. John Kasich is unopposed for the Republican nomination, he will have competition from two candidates this fall.
Libertarian Party candidate Charlie Earl, a Fostoria native, has qualified for the November ballot.
Earl and running mate Sherry Clark are running with the slogan, "For a bold Ohio." Following is their platform:
Resist and reject unconstitutional federal government in Ohio.
Encourage and allow massive energy development in Ohio.
Move to include industrial hemp as a crop for Ohio's farmers and a resource for Ohio's businesses.
Eliminate all corporate and business taxes in Ohio.
Reduce Ohio's personal income tax rate to zero.
Consolidate, reduce and eliminate all unconstitutional, duplicative and inefficient agencies, bureaus and departments in Ohio's government.
Use the Constitution of the United States and Ohio Constitution well as the enhancement and protection of individual liberty as the template for determining which state programs to oppose or support.
Bold goals, indeed. Earl and Clark's task before the general election is to convince Ohio voters to be as bold in their support.