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Bob Fitrakis

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Bob Fitrakis
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Former candidate for
Ohio Lieutenant Governor
PartyGreen Party
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Master'sWayne State University, 1982
J.D.Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, 2002
Ph.D.Wayne State University, 1990
Date of birthNovember 29, 1955
Place of birthHighland Park, MI
ReligionChristian, Non-Denominational
Campaign website
Bob Fitrakis (b. November 29, 1955) was a Green Party candidate for Ohio Lieutenant Governor in the 2014 elections.[1] Bob Fitrakis lost the general election on November 4, 2014.[2][3]

Fitrakis was a 2012 Green Party candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Ohio.


Fitrakis earned his M.A. from Wayne State University in 1982. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in 1990. He then earned his J.D. from Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law in 2002.

Fitrakis was an instructor at Wayne State University from 1979 to 1986. He also taught at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, from 1984 to 1986. He has been employed as a professor of political science at Columbus State Community College since 1987.



See also: Ohio Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Fitrakis ran for election to the office of Ohio Lieutenant Governor as a write-in candidate. Anita Rios ran for Governor of Ohio on the same ticket. The general election took 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.[4] They succeeded, with 628 votes according to the unofficial results.[5]

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]


General election
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kasich/Mary Taylor Incumbent 63.6% 1,944,848
     Democratic Ed FitzGerald/Sharen Neuhardt 33% 1,009,359
     Green Anita Rios/Bob Fitrakis 3.3% 101,706
Total Votes 3,055,913
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State.


See also: Ohio's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Fitrakis was defeated by Joyce Beatty.[6] Fitrakis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Ohio's 3rd District. He ran unopposed in the primary on March 6, 2012.

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[7] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[7]

U.S. House, Ohio District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Beatty 68.3% 201,897
     Republican Chris Long 26.3% 77,901
     Libertarian Richard Ehrbar III 3.2% 9,462
     Green Bob Fitrakis 2.2% 6,387
Total Votes 295,647
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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As of July 13, 2012, Fitrakis did not have any contribution reports on file with the Federal Election Commission.


Fitrakis lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, Suzanne Patzer.

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