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The Road From Dayton To Columbus

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley speaks during a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio.
John Minchillo
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley speaks during a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley about her run for governor.

Democratic Challenger

Democrats are now stepping into the spotlight and into statewide races. Rep. Tim Ryan announced he'll be running for U.S. Senate. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley wants to take on Gov. Mike DeWine next year.

Whaley has been mayor of Dayton for seven years. She ran for governor in 2018 before leaving the race and endorsing Richard Cordray.

Whaley says she is running against a culture of corruption in Columbus and criticizes Gov. DeWine for being weak on gun control and mishandling the COVID-19 response.

Ohio Loses A House Seat And Gains A Senate Candidate

It's no coincidence that Ryan announced his run for Senate just hours before the official word came down that Ohio was losing a congressional seat. Ryan's seat stood a good chance as the one statehouse Republicans would try to eliminate.

After years of speculation on what his next big move would be, the guessing game is over. But the speculation continues on which other Democrats might enter the race.

Snollygoster Of The Week: Mayor Andrew Ginther

Columbus’s Mayor Andrew Ginther and the Columbus Police union are not on good terms.

The mayor pushed through a civilian review board and now is in the middle of contract negotiations with the union. The recent police shootings of Black people have deepened the divide even further.

So this week, Ginther asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate his own police force for racial bias. Whether or not the mayor truly wants the justice department poking around in the city’s business, it’s a pretty shrewd contract negotiation tactic.

Send questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.