Representative Jim Renacci (OH-16) has joined the race to replace term-limited Governor John Kasich (R) in 2018. Rennaci was first elected to Congress in 2010 defeating incumbent Representative John Boccieri (D). The four-term congressman is a former Mayor of Wadsworth, OH and is touting his business background. Previously Rennaci owned a car dealership and cited the handling of the Great Recession in 2008 as why he ran for Congress n 2010. In the 2016 Presidential race Renacci was a vocal backer of President Donald Trump and is even modeling his 2018 gubernatorial campaign on Trump's 2016 strategy. His website copies Trump's "America First", Ohiofirst.com and his pitch is an outsider who is not with establishment politics whether in D.C. or Ohio. "Unlike other candidates, I've spent the vast majority of my career in the business world, not politics," Renacci said in a press release. "I believe deeply in the value of results, not rhetoric, and I am committed to putting that brand of principled, conservative, business-based thinking to work on behalf of the people of our state."
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