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Strickland won’t challenge Kasich for governor’s office

Published: Wed, January 9, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Marc Kovac

and David skolnick



Former Gov. Ted Strickland will not challenge Gov. John Kasich in next year’s gubernatorial contest.

Strickland, a Democrat, announced his decision Tuesday, ending speculation about a rematch of a race that he lost by two percentage points three years ago to Republican Kasich.

“Frances [his wife] and I will continue to be politically active, private citizens,” Strickland said in a statement. “We will continue to stand with working men and women to build a stronger Ohio — and to defeat anti-worker and anti-middle-class legislation that may arise.”

The decision leaves a handful of potential Democratic challengers in 2014. Former Attorney General Richard Cordray, Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-13th, are among those interested in running for governor next year.

Ryan “will decide in the near future which path he will pursue to best serve the people of his community, state and country,” according to his campaign.

In a separate statement, Ryan praised Strickland for his “deep concern and understanding for the challenges faced by Ohio’s poor and working-class families. I believe those traits, as well as his clear vision for Ohio and steady hand in tumultuous times would have served him well in the upcoming contest for governor. But I know too that Gov. Strickland will find a way to put his considerable talents to work helping his fellow citizens.”

In his statement Tuesday, Strickland defended his administration’s work to improve the state and set the stage for economic recovery.

“With the help of President [Barack] Obama, who provided the funds necessary to keep Ohio and all of America from slipping into another Great Depression, we were able to preserve the social safety net, make important investments in education and position Ohio’s economy for the recovery that started in February 2010,” he said.

He added, “In short, I believe my administration stood and spoke for the causes that count.”

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett said, “It will be hard for any Democrat to argue why [Kasich] shouldn’t continue to create jobs for hardworking Ohio families and put Ohio back on the right track.”

With Strickland’s announcement, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said that “strong Democratic officeholders,” without naming names, can now focus on challenging Kasich’s record.


1timOthy(802 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Hey Bennett WHAT JOBS ? I really haven't noticed any from this Administration. V&M plant was down under Strickland. Lordstown 3RD shift Strickland again, and the Gas and Oil goes to the PROPERTY OWNERS. Which I am one.

I'll vote for who runs against this person and his arrogant ways ! He'll be moving from that High Rise where he conducts the States Bussiness.

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2redeye1(5660 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

This is the first smart decision that old Teddy boy has made in his political career. Go Governor Kasich.

Tim0thy Not all jobs are aimed at this blighted valley. I know that all you the liberals can see. But there is a whole other part of this state .too.

If little Timmy runs for Governor , he should be made to resign his seat in congress first. Why should the taxpayer pay him for not doing that job. If he's out on the campaign trail he isn't doing his congressional job correctly.

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3peggygurney(408 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Have to agree with timOthy on this. I was REALLY hoping Strickland was going to run. SOMEONE has to run against Kasich.

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