Ohio Treasurer To Run For Prosecutor

Prosecutor won't seek re-election, Ohio treasurer to run as write-in

Hamilton County Prosecutor Michael Allen publicly admitted last month that he had an extramarital relationship with an employee. Monday, the Republican said he has withdrawn his name from the November ballot and won't run for re-election. Allen had been running unopposed for a second term as Hamilton County prosecutor. His surprise announcement today means that voters will choose his successor from among write-in candidates. A female lawyer in Allen's office is suing to accuse him of sexually harassing her. Allen says the relationship was consensual.

Five lawyers - including fellow Republican state Treasurer Joseph Deters - met a deadline Monday as write-in candidates for Allen's job. Allen succeeded Deters as prosecutor.

Allen has already resigned as southwest Ohio chairman for President Bush's re-election campaign.