The Ohio Governor’s race will be one of the most intensely watched political contests in the country next year. The campaign already features an all-star political card from both political parties: the state’s Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, a US Congressman, former US Representative, and state Senate Minority Leader (who resigned his leadership position to run for Governor). Additionally, major redistricting power awaits the eventual winner.
Ohio State Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill is again indicating that he is looking to join the Democratic primary, adding yet another candidate. He had considered doing so earlier but it appeared that US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray, a former Ohio Attorney General, was planning a return to Ohio to the state to enter the race. This was supposed to happen in September but didn’t, and now with signals suggesting Cordray may not run, Justice O’Neill returns to the precipice of becoming a candidate. Both primaries and the general election will be very important campaigns. Gov. John Kasich (R) is ineligible to seek a third term.
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