Speculation on Dennis Kucinich running for Ohio governor

The Dayton Daily News ran a piece last week speculating that former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who once upon a time was Cleveland mayor and then a presidential candidate, might run for Ohio governor.

More recently he’s been working on “the impact of privatization on Ohio’s public schools.”

Kucinich was primaried out of his Cleveland U.S. House seat in 2012 after redistricting put him against U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo. But with name recognition from his prior political campaigns, Kucinich’s name has occasionally been floated as a potential Democratic candidate for governor against an emerging GOP field.

Ohio is a pretty red state so his chances are not likely good, but a guy like Kucinich is always around.

Other names mentioned as possible Democratic candidates include Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former state Rep. Connie Pillich, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton.

On the GOP side, Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci as possibilities.

As the folks at Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball write:

Ohio turned sharply toward the GOP in 2016, and Republicans have a stronger field of candidates at the moment. At this early point, Leans Republican seems appropriate, though the environment will obviously matter.”

Still hope for the Democrats, as long as there’s a wrecking ball in the White House (speaking of balls).

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