Heimlich To Run As Lt. Governor

Petro picks county commissioner for running mate

Republican Jim Petro has picked a Hamilton County commissioner to be his lieutenant-governor running mate in the campaign for the Republican nomination for governor next year.

Phil Heimlich a commissioner since 2003 will appear with Petro on the ballot in the May second, 2006, GOP primary. Heimlich also served as a Cincinnati City Council member from 1993 to 2002 and as an assistant county prosecutor from 1984 to 1992.

On council, Heimlich favored proposals restricting panhandling, ending a free-condom program at the Health Department and publishing the names of people convicted of soliciting for prostitution.

Heimlich's candidacy gives Petro, a suburban Cleveland moderate, a conservative voice with high name recognition in GOP-dominant Hamilton County.

Other Republicans seeking the nomination include state Auditor Betty Montgomery of Perrysburg and Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, also of Cincinnati. Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman is the only Democrat in the race so far.