Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) “says he’s running for governor, becoming the [third] Republican to officially enter the race. … He plans to launch his campaign with a statewide tour this week.”
“In an introductory campaign video, filmed in his … hometown of Montpelier, Husted highlights his record as a former Ohio House Speaker and Secretary of State, and offers a preview of some of his campaign’s likely major themes — fiscal conservatism, opposition to abortion and support for the 2nd Amendment. He also serves up some red meat by needling a pair of Democrats who are anathema to Republican primary voters — former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D) also announced Monday she would run.
Whaley: “I’m announcing my candidacy for Governor of Ohio because too many Ohioans feel invisible to this Governor and politicians in Columbus. … We have to put Ohioans back to work by creating good paying jobs people can raise a family on and hold the drug companies that caused the heroin crisis accountable.” (release)