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U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan Bows Out Of Democratic Race For Governor In 2018

Delegate Spencer Dirrig takes a selfie with Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH 13) at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July 2016.
Karen Kasler
Delegate Spencer Dirrig takes a selfie with Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH 13) at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July 2016.

One of the Democrats who is often mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018 says he won’t be throwing his hat in the ring. That decision may bring a flood of candidates forward.

Youngstown area congressman Tim Ryan says he believes the best way to serve his community is to stay where he is and continue working on issues that affect middle-class Ohioans. A source close to Youngstown area state Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni says he’ll run. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill and former US Rep. Betty Sutton have also been mulling it over. And former Ohio Attorney General and current federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief Rich Cordray is thought to be a possibility as well. On the Republican side, Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor are raising money for governor in 2018, and Northeast Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci has said he’s interested.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.