Fanon Rucker

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

With nearly 69% of the vote, Democratic candidate Fanon Rucker defeated his Democratic challenger Tuesday, setting up a high-profile fight against Hamilton County's Republican Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters in November.

It is a battle for one of the last corners of county government still in the control of the GOP in an increasingly Democratic county.

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Rucker, Tana Weingartner, WVXU / Davis, courtesy of the candidate

The coronavirus pandemic postponed Ohio's March 17 primary. The state has switched to voting by mail for most - with a few exceptions - with a deadline of April 28. Local campaigns have been thrown a major curveball by the delay. In the run-up to the new primary date, we are checking in with the candidates to see how they have been campaigning and reaching out to the community in this time of unprecedented crisis.


Two Democratic candidates are looking to unseat Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters in the fall. Former federal prosecutor Gabe Davis announced his candidacy in June and former Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Fanon Rucker joined the race in October.

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Don't you hate it when somebody butts in line at the grocery check-out line, or when lots of people are queued up to get into a concert or a movie?

I do. And I don't hesitate to tell the line-crashers about it.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Calling it with a laugh "the worst kept secret in the county's political history," Judge Fanon Rucker is officially launching his bid to be Hamilton County's next prosecutor.