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CINCINNATI -- A Cincinnati-area Democrat says he plans to run for Ohio governor, which would set up a Democratic primary with the county leader from Cleveland.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune tells The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/KhpvsO ) he wants to enter the race because, in his words, "there needs to be a choice."

Democrats have set their sights on taking back the governor's office from Republican John Kasich in 2014, but a primary could be costly for the party and the candidates.

The 55-year-old Portune spent the last two decades as a Cincinnati city councilman or Hamilton County commissioner. He says he'll travel throughout Ohio next month to gauge support before deciding whether to file as a candidate.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has been considered the Democrats' presumptive gubernatorial nominee.