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Whaley Drops Out, Endorses Cordray

Dennis Kucinich will launch his campaign next week.

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Zach C. Cohen
Jan. 12, 2018, 11:18 a.m.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D) dropped out of the race on Friday and at an event in Dayton endorsed former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray (D), “a candidate who will lead us to victory.”

Whaley, in an email to supporters: “As of today, I’m ending my campaign. I am endorsing Richard Cordray to be Ohio’s next governor. Rich is a committed public servant who fought for Ohioans as our Attorney General and fought for all Americans at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. He’s exactly who we need in Columbus to turn around eight years of Republican rule and lead our state into a bright future.” (Hotline reporting)

Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s (D) “camp sent a post card to supporters asking them ‘to attend one of the most exciting political developments in years: The Announcement of the Candidacy of Dennis Kucinich for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Ohio!’” Kucinich “will declare his candidacy Wednesday morning in a Cleveland suburb. Afterward, he likely will bring his fledgling campaign for Ohio governor to Columbus. … Kucinich also is expected to talk about a potential running mate during next week’s events.” (Columbus Dispatch)

Former state Rep. Connie Pillich (D) “plans to remain in the race and fight on through the May 7 primary, said campaign manager Eric Goldman.” (AP)

REPUBLI-CAN DO. The Scioto County and Pike County Republican Parties endorsed state Attorney General Mike DeWine (R). (releases)

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