Some political highlights from 2014:
January - State Rep. Tom Letson, a Democrat, makes the first round of cuts for a seat on Ohio's Public Utilities Commission. He was among 9 of the 26 who applied for the seat to get an interview, but did not make the final cut.
Letson cannot run for the seat again because of term limits.
March - After months of speculation about U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan running for governor of Ohio and poking and prodding from the media for an answer, the Democrat says he will not seek the Democratic nomination next year. He explained he thinks he'll be able to do more by staying in the U.S. House, rather than as governor.
The decision by Ryan and others rumored to have an interest clears the path for Ed FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County Executive, to run solo. FitzGerald's campaign will have its share of issues later in the year.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, reverses his position on same sex marriage. He reconsidered his opposition after his son came out as gay.
April - Ryan ties the knot. Ryan married a woman from Struthers in a private ceremony in New York City. It's the second marriage for the Democrat.
State Rep. Bob Hagan goes on social media to announce he will challenge Portman in 2016. Hagan, a Democrat from Youngstown, posted on Facebook that he would be Portman's ''hair shirt'' for the next three years. Displeasure over how Portman stood on a gun control vote that led to Hagan's decision.
May - Jim Graham, the former president of United Auto Workers Local 1112, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Warren in 2011, returned to win the Democratic nomination for president of city council over Bob Dean. Graham cruised to victory in November, unopposed.
In Youngstown, John McNally secured the Democratic nomination for mayor in a tight race with city council president Jamael Tito Brown.
July - Letson and a home he owns on Foster Drive N.E. come under scrutiny by Warren officials for how the home is being used, as a rooming or boarding house, an unacceptable use for a dwelling in that neighborhood.
He was cited by the city in August. The charge is pending.
September - Former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams is nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the Economic Development Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Williams impressed in the Senate confirmation hearing this month and is a lock to be confirmed.
State Rep. Sean O'Brien, with a Republican lawmaker from Holmes County, introduce a bill that uses tax incentives to promote buying a vehicle that runs on compressed natural gas or converting a vehicle to the alternative fuel.
October - Michele Lepore Hagan wants to keep the 58th House District seat in the family. She announces she will run to fill the position when Bob Hagan leaves at the end of next year.
November - FitzGerald announces his running mate will be state Sen. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati, the minority leader in the Senate.
McNally wins the race for mayor over independent candidate DeMaine Kitchen, the former city councilman and chief of staff / secretary for the mayor. The race is clouded in allegations of sexual harassment against Kitchen and his financial issues.
December - An outside investigation into the claims made against Kitchen was finished. It was determined that Kitchen did verbally and with text messages sexually harass a female city worker.
State Sen. Joe Schiavoni named top Democrat in the senate, replacing Kearney.
Kearney is out as lieutenant governor after weeks of scrutiny over his, his wife and their company's financial problems. The company he and his wife own owe more than $800,000 in taxes and penalties.
Letson announces he's running for Ohio Supreme Court next year.