COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial contender Ed Fitzgerald has chosen a Dayton-area lawyer who supports abortion rights in his second pass at picking a running mate.

His choice of Sharen Swartz Neuhardt was confirmed Friday through democratic sources and a Neuhardt interview with news outlets in Dayton.

Neuhardt made two failed bids for congress, in 2008 and 2012. She brings geographic and gender diversity to the ticket that Fitzgerald, an irish catholic from Cleveland, has sought in taking on Republican Gov. John Kasich this fall.

Fitzgerald first selected state Sen. Eric Kearney, a Cincinnati lawyer who is black, as his no. 2. Kearney withdrew after revelations he, his wife and their business owed hefty tax liens.

Neuhardt graduated from Georgetown University's law school and is a partner at Thompson Hine in Dayton.