Garrison Announces Candidacy For Secretary Of State

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Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Another democrat has entered the 2010 race for the job of Ohio's elections chief.

State Rep. Jennifer Garrison of Marietta announced her candidacy for Secretary of State at a news conference Monday.

Garrison told WTAP News she waited to make her announcement until after the new state budget was approved last month.

"We finished that in the middle of July, and I took some time off with my family, and assessed the decision," she said. "I believe that I am the right candidate at this time for this post."

Garrison will compete against fellow democrat and Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown and republican State Sen. Jon Husted in the race for the seat being vacated by democrat Jennifer Brunner.

Brunner is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican George Voinovich.

In the latest campaign fund raising period, Husted raised nearly 10 times more than Brown.

The Secretary of State is Ohio's top elections official.

The office is vital politically for both parties because it holds a seat on the state apportionment board, which draws legislative districts.

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