Sunday, November 17, 2013
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Union leaders are looking ahead to Ohio's governor's race after knocking off a big city mayor who was their top political target this year.
Organized labor helped oust Toledo's mayor two years after he infuriated unions by appearing in a TV commercial backing a collective bargaining law that Ohio voters later overturned.
Democrats and labor officials believe Toledo Mayor Mike Bell's loss was fueled by his endorsement of the Republican plan to limit collective bargaining for public workers.
Now they're hoping there's enough anger left over to defeat Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).
Unions plan to remind voters often it was the governor who signed the law.
But some political strategists expect the health of Ohio's economy to be a big factor in the race.