The politician's relatives ran after-hours gambling clubs and participated in bookmaking, numbers running, loan sharking and other lucrative and illegal activities in the northwest Ohio city from the 1930s through the 1980s, according to documents and interviews.
Ducey, 50, is the wealthy former CEO of the Cold Stone Creamery ice cream chain. He was elected Arizona state treasurer in 2010 and won the GOP gubernatorial primary in August. In the governor's race, he faces Democrat Fred DuVal, former chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents, which governs the state's public universities.
Ducey grew up in Toledo, then moved to Arizona in 1982 for college, according to a campaign biography.
He sometimes has cited his Toledo boyhood on the campaign trail, saying, "I think I'm very much a product of the Midwest and Midwestern values."
Ducey's place in a family that was tied to organized crime in Toledo has never been publicized, and CIR and New Times discovered no evidence that he profited from or engaged in criminal activity. Ducey's campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Ducey's great uncle Tony Paul Scott was a "one of Toledo's most legendary racketeers" and one of the "elders of the loosely knit Toledo crime family," as the Toledo Blade reported after his death in 1993.