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Anita Rios
Candidate for
Governor of Ohio
PartyGreen Party
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Anita Rios is a Green Party candidate for Governor of Ohio in the 2014 elections.[1]

Rios was a 2012 Green Party candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Ohio.



See also: Ohio Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Rios is running for election to the office of Governor of Ohio as a write-in candidate. Bob Fitrakis is running for Ohio Lieutenant Governor on the same ticket. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

To get the Green ticket on the November ballot, Rios and Fitrakis needed to receive 500 write-in votes in the primary on May 6.[2] They succeeded, with 628 votes according to the unofficial results.[3]

The Green Party's original candidates, Dennis Spisak and Suzanne Patzer, were disqualified by the Ohio Secretary of State after they submitted too few accepted signatures.[1]

Race background

Incumbent Republican John Kasich appeared to be vulnerable in late 2013, as it looked like he would face a primary challenge from the right and a general election made difficult by a full slate of Ohio Libertarian Party candidates. These challenges faded in early 2014, as Kasich faced no primary challengers and the Libertarian gubernatorial candidate was disqualified. Though he still faces two opponents, Democratic Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Green Party candidate Anita Rios, polling in May 2014 showed Kasich with improved ratings and a growing lead.[4]

In August 2014, The Washington Post reported on a series of setbacks for FitzGerald, including poor fundraising, a long-delayed driver's license, an unusual occurrence with a foreign trade representative and, as the culmination of all these problems, a major staff turnover.[5] These events took a heavy toll on FitzGerald's poll numbers, as Kasich's lead widened from single digits to 30 percent in September, according to a Columbus Dispatch poll.[6]


Ohio Governor's Race 2014 - Kasich vs. Fitzgerald
Poll John Kasich Ed FitzgeraldOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
February 12-17, 2014
Magellan Strategies for the Liberty Foundation of America
April 14-15, 2014
April 24-28, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
May 7-8, 2014
May 7-12, 2014
July 7-24, 2014
July 24-28, 2014
August 18, September 2, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
September 8-9, 2014
Columbus Dispatch
September 3-12, 2014
AVERAGES 48.7% 36.3% 16.7% +/-2.94 1,470.2
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to
Ohio Governor's Race 2014
Poll John Kasich Ed FitzgeraldCharlie EarlNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(November 5-6, 2013)
Public Policy Polling
(December 6-8, 2013)
AVERAGES 40.5% 39.5% 6% 14.5% +/-3.55 803
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


See also: United States Senate elections in Ohio, 2012

Rios ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Ohio. She lost to Joseph DeMare in the Green Party primary on March 6, 2012.[7]


See also: Ohio lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Rios was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio. She faced Yvette McGee Brown (D), Mary Taylor (R) and Margaret Ann Leech (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010. Taylor won the election.[8]

Governor/Lt. Governor of Ohio, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kasich/Mary Taylor 49% 1,889,186
     Democratic Ted Strickland/Yvette McGee Brown Incumbent 47% 1,812,059
     Libertarian Ken Matesz/Margaret Ann Leech 2.4% 92,116
     Green Dennis Spisak/Anita Rios 1.5% 58,475
     Write-In David Sargent 0% 633
Total Votes 3,852,469
Election Results Via: Ohio Secretary of State

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