Two days after making his gubernatorial run official, former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich chose Akron City Councilwoman Tara Samples as his running mate. Samples, like Kucinich, has connections with the progressive wing of the party. She supported VT Sen. Bernie Sanders in his 2016 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and is friends with former state Sen. Nina Turner, who leads Sanders' political organization "Our Revolution." Samples said joining Kucinich's campaign was "the honor of my life" and that he had "one of the most progressive platforms out there." Kucinich said he was instantly enthralled with Samples as a possible running mate. "This ticket is a ticket of unity," Kucinich said. "This ticket is a ticket of inclusiveness. This ticket is a ticket of social justice. It is a ticket of economic justice. It is a winning ticket for Democrats and the state of Ohio."
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