John Cranley

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John Cranley is the Democratic candidate for the 1st Congressional district of Ohio

John Cranley was the Democratic Party nominee in the 2006 congressional election for the First Congressional District of Ohio (map). He unsuccessfully challenged Republican Rep. Steve Chabot.



Born in Green County, Ohio, Cranley and grew up in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Price Hill. He went to Catholic primary and secondary schools before attended John Carroll University, where he was a Truman scholar, and Harvard Law and Divinity schools. After graduation, he joined the private law practice of Taft, Stettinius, and Hollister. [1]

In 2000, Cranley sought elected office for the first time at the age of 26 when he challenged Rep. Steve Chabot for the latter's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was unsuccessful, but was appointed to the Cinncinnati City Council in 2000 when a seat became vacant. He was re-elected in 2001, 2003, and 2005. [2][3]

2006 election

Following the 2005, election in which Cranley received the most votes of any city council candidate, he declared that he would once again challenge Chabot in 2006. Chabot possessed the advantages of a longtime incumbent, but the political climate in Ohio was seen as being hostile to Republicans, still reeling from the conviction and resignation of ex-Rep. Bob Ney on corruption charges and the unpopularity of Republican Governor Bob Taft. [4]

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Campaign contact information

Phone: (513) 241-1777
Fax: (513) 241-0845
Mail: Cranley for Congress
3621 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45211