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Richard Cordray Announces Run For Governor

Dec 6, 2017

Former consumer watchdog Richard Cordray says he will focus his campaign for governor on improving the lives of Ohio's families.

Credit Dan Konik / Statehouse News Bureau

At a hometown diner crowded with press and supporters, the 58-year-old Cordray said Tuesday that he will focus on "kitchen table issues" like the costs of health care and college.

Cordray is a former Ohio attorney general and state treasurer. He said his resignation last month as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau balanced a call from former President Barack Obama to "keep fighting" and his interest in getting ready to run for governor.

Many view Cordray as among the Democrats' strongest contenders to seize a critical swing state from Republicans next year. GOP Gov. John Kasich is term-limited and unable to seek re-election.