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Ohio Senate: The Candidates

George Voinovich (R) | Mary Boyle (D)

Gov. George V. Voinovich (R)
Voinovich has seen his fair share of political problems during the last year of his term-limited governorship. Voinovich's former chief of staff, Paul Mifsud, was indicted in June 1997 on felony charges, accused of steering state contracts to his home repairman. In addition, the construction company owned by Voinovich's brother became the subject of a corruption investigation. Nonetheless, Voinovich's has had success with his campaign fund-raising efforts, and his recent election as chairman of the National Governors' Association will open wallets across the country. Voinovich began his political career as a state legislator in 1966. Since then, he has served as county auditor, county commissioner, lieutenant governor and Cleveland mayor.

Mary Boyle (D)
Though she narrowly lost the 1994 Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, the former Cuyahoga County commissioner was the only Democrat running for the seat of retiring Sen. John Glenn (D). She is the first Ohio woman ever to win a Senate nomination from a major party.
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