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Election 2018

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray is announcing he’ll step down from that post before the end of the month. That’s thought by many to signal that he’s running for Governor.

Kabir Bhatia

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill has announced he’ll be filing to run for Governor next year – on one condition. 

O’Neill, a registered nurse and former reporter, said he finally knows “what he wants to be when he grows up” in announcing his intention to file in February.  Speaking in front of about 60 people at the Chagrin Falls Township Hall yesterday, he laid out his vision for Ohio: reopening the state’s mental health facilities, legalizing and taxing marijuana, and building a high-speed rail line from Cleveland to Columbus to Cincinnati.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley talked to supporters and colleagues after her second state of the city speech Wednesday.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Democratic candidates for Ohio governor are holding the first in a series of statewide debates aimed at raising the party's visibility and appeal as it tries to take back the seat from Republicans next year.

 Contenders set to square off in a town hall style forum at Martins Ferry High School Tuesday are former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former state Rep. Connie Pillich and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley talked to supporters and colleagues after her second state of the city speech Wednesday.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Democrat Nan Whaley is using a re-election campaign for Dayton mayor that's not subject to state contribution limits to raise money for her 2018 bid for Ohio governor.

A notice on Whaley's campaign website informing potential donors that the mayoral fund is able to accept unlimited contributions was taken down Thursday after the campaign was asked about it by The Associated Press.

The mayor says the city's education initiative is showing signs of early success in helping to prepare young people for higher education and entering the workforce.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

A day after a second Republican came into the race for governor, a fourth candidate has announced campaign for the Democratic nomination.

Dayton mayor Nan Whaley announced her candidacy for governor Monday. In her campaign launch, she talked jobs and holding major drug companies accountable for the state’s opioid crisis.

Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci has entered the 2018 Ohio governor's race against a potential trio of GOP state officeholders.  The 58-year-old Renacci, of Wadsworth in northeast Ohio, sought to position himself Monday as a political outsider alongside three Republicans who have spent their careers in public office: the state attorney general, the secretary of state and the lieutenant governor.