Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has decided not to run against Republican incumbent Gov. John Kasich.
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:33:39 GMT — Democrat Ted Strickland won't run again for governor in 2014, removing a key competitor to incumbent Republican John Kasich from the field. Strickland said in a statement Tuesday that he stands by his record as governor and wont' seek the office again. Kasich, a former investment banker and congressman, unseated Strickland as he sought a second term in 2010. It was among the most expensive governor's race in Ohio history, with combined spending approaching $34 million. Strickland's decision leaves Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan among the top potential Democratic challengers to Kasich next year. FitzGerald is a former FBI agent and mayor tapped to lead Ohio's most populous county out of scandal. Ryan is a six-term congressman from Youngstown first elected in 2002.
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