( Hamilton County ) - "I am, today, declaring my intent to appoint a treasurer, to form a committee, and to announce my candidacy to become the Democratic Party's nominee for the Office of Governor of the state of Ohio."

That from Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune on Monday afternoon. He says colleagues have been encouraging him to run for weeks now, and he's been touring parts of the state and talking with Ohioans.

Portune's announcement sets up a likely May primary with Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald.