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Cordray Expected to Enter 2018 Dem Primary

A state justice said he’s unlikely to run because of Cordray’s possible entrance.

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Zach C. Cohen
July 20, 2017, 11:17 a.m.

Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray (D) “is going to run for governor of Ohio,” state Justice Bill O’Neill (D) “said he was told last week by a mutual friend. … The friend called to see whether O’Neill would stick to his past statement that he would stay out of the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary if Cordray entered the race.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

“Cordray hasn’t announced anything yet. A federal law prevents federal officials from campaigning while in office.” (Cincinnati Enquirer) Former Plain Dealer editorial director Brent Larkin: “I expect him to join the race no later than September.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Meanwhile, “Ohio First Fund, a 501(c)(4) ‘dedicated to promoting the policies’” of Rep. Jim Renacci (R), “has raised $235,000.” (Politico)
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