U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth) announced this week he will leave the governor’s race and instead run for the seat currently held by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
That thins the Republican Ohio gubernatorial field to Attorney General Mike DeWine with running mate Secretary of State Jon Husted and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor with her running mate, Nathan Estruth, a Cincinnati-area businessman.
The big field of Democratic hopefuls includes Richard Cordray, former Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and former Ohio Attorney General; Dennis Kucinich, former U.S. Representative and presidential candidate in 2004 and 2008; Bill O’Neill, Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court and nominee for OH-14 in 2008 and 2010; Connie Pillich, former state representative and nominee for Ohio State Treasurer in 2014; Joe Schiavoni, state senator and former Minority Leader of the Ohio Senate; and Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, although she is expected to withdraw to lend support to Richard Cordray. 1/11/2018