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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

Spokesman: Strickland raising money, but hasn't decided on Senate bid


A spokesman for former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland says the Democrat has started raising money for a U.S. Senate candidacy, but has yet to decide if he will run.

Democratic communications consultant Dennis Willard says Strickland has raised some initial money while talking to supporters around the state about jumping into the race.

“He’s had a lot of folks come to him to urge him to run; he’s talking to a lot of people around the state; and, in the course of those conversations, he’s raised some money,’’ Willard said.

Strickland, 73, could not be reached for comment, but has said he will decide by the end of the month whether he will enter the race to replace Republican incumbent Rob Portman. Portman is up for re-election next year.

There is already one announced Democratic candidate - Cincinnati council member P.G. Sittenfeld, 30, who announced last month and has raised about $500,000 so far.

Portman, a first-term senator from Terrace Park, had $6 million in his campaign fund by the end of 2014.

Strickland, a former congressman from southeastern Ohio, was ousted from the governor’s office in 2010, when Republican John Kasich defeated him by two percentage points.