Gay candidate could be first for Ohio House


CLEVELAND (AP) - A woman running for a seat in the Ohio House could become the state's first openly gay legislator.

Nickie Antonio is a Democrat running in a solidly Democratic district in suburban Cleveland. The 54-year-old Antonio is the third openly gay person to run for a House seat in Ohio, but the first with a significant chance at winning.

Antonio says she knows her victory would be historic but wants the focus to be on what she does as opposed to who she is. Antonio, who was spurred to run after seeing her mother's home foreclosed, plans to concentrate on keeping and adding jobs to the economy and improving schools.

Antonio is a Lakewood City Council member who has lived with her partner for 25 years.

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