democRAT Sharen Neuhardt withdraws from party chair race
The woman who sought to be the next Democratic lieutenant governor of Ohio has withdrawn from the race to lead the Ohio Democratic Party, leaving former Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper as the likely next chairman. Sharen Neuhardt announced her decision in a letter to supporters Monday, a day ahead of the vote.
The party is regrouping after bad losses this fall and the related resignation of long-time party chair Chris Redfern.
Neuhardt had been U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s choice for the job. Her letter said she was stepping aside because Pepper appeared to have the support of a majority of the party’s 148-member executive committee.
Pepper has run unsuccessfully for state auditor and attorney general. He is the son of a former CEO of Procter & Gamble.