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Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray will join forces with former congresswoman and Obama-era official Betty Sutton on Wednesday in the race for Ohio governor, a Democrat close to the campaign told The Associated Press.

The move comes as Democrats position to win back control of the key battleground state in November. The new team is expected to draw big-name Democratic support that could include former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Dan Konik / Statehouse News Bureau

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

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.

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.