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Libertarian Earl joins 2014 race for Ohio governor

TIFFIN, Ohio (AP) — A former Republican state representative from northwest Ohio says he will run for governor next year as a libertarian.

Charlie Earl planned to launch his 2014 bid against Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) Thursday in Tiffin.

The 67-year-old Earl says his vision for Ohio "will inspire and energize liberty-loving Buckeyes to make a real change in Columbus."

His candidacy follows a tea party effort this spring to defeat Kasich's pick to lead the Ohio Republican Party. Challenger Tom Zawistowski (zah-wih-STOW'-skee) lost but warned the party it had grown out of touch with its base and might be vulnerable to a third party.

Earl served in the Ohio House from 1981 to 1984, filling the seat vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Oxley. He ran unsuccessfully for Secretary of State in 2010.

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