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.