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Columbus Dispatch: AEP drops out of Ohio Chamber over statewide candidate endorsements


September 24, 2010- A day after the Ohio Chamber of Commerce endorsed Republican John Kasich for governor, one of the state's largest electric utilities says it is leaving the chamber and its president is resigning from the chamber board.

American Electric Power isn't taking the action because the chamber endorsed Kasich over Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, but because it broke a 117-year tradition of not endorsing anyone in the race, spokeswoman Melissa McHenry said.

"We think it creates division within the chamber among different businesses," McHenry said.

The company will no longer pay its chamber dues to remain a member, and Joe Hamrock, president and chief operating officer of AEP Ohio, is resigning from the chamber board, McHenry said.

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