Ohio Governor 2018

Rich Cordray speaking

Political insiders largely expect Rich Cordray, former Ohio attorney general and the current head of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to run for Ohio governor next year. But reporters weren't able to get anywhere with him in a conference call on Wednesday.

Mike DeWine

Ask Mike DeWine why he's running to be the next governor of Ohio, and the first thing out of his mouth is the issue that's dominated headlines during his time as the state attorney general: opiate addiction.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s official announcement last week that she’s running for governor rounds out the GOP field at four. More than the others, though, Taylor is walking a line, praising the progress of Ohio under Gov. John Kasich, while drawing distinctions. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on what may be shaping up to be a proxy primary battle between Kasich and President Donald Trump

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor made her official announcement at the City Club of Cleveland.

Months after she made it clear she would be running for governor, Ohio’s Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor made it official. She did so in an increasingly rare political forum: an event where the public could – and did – ask some challenging questions.

Ohio Democratic Party chair David Pepper
Ohio Public Radio

The leader of Ohio’s Democrats says the announcement by Attorney General Mike DeWine that he’ll be a candidate for Governor in the Republican primary is good news for Democrats.

Mike DeWine

The worst-kept secret in Ohio politics was revealed on Sunday, with Mike DeWine launching his campaign for governor and starting a tour of the state.

A national political Republican pollster says it’s too early to predict what might happen in next year’s gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. But he says his polling shows there’s a tremendous amount of restlessness among voters.

Nan Whaley/Facebook

Democrat Nan Whaley is using a re-election campaign for Dayton mayor that's not subject to state contribution limits to raise money for her 2018 bid for Ohio governor.

During the past week, two more candidates officially launched their campaigns for governor in 2018.

That means there are now expected to be four Democrats and four Republicans running for governor. There’s a lot of interest in the top job, but what about the other races for next year’s election?

Nan Whaley/Facebook

As the fourth Democrat to enter the Ohio governor's race, Nan Whaley wants to take what she's learned as mayor of Dayton and bring it to the rest of the state.

Secretary of State Jon Husted has been on the campaign trail this week after announcing he’s running for governor. He told a group of about 50 supporters in Cleveland today that he can help Ohio “win the future.” 

The 49-year-old Jon Husted was a speaker of the Ohio House, but he spends more time talking about being a football star at the University of Dayton. He says it taught him how to win. 


A day after a second Republican came into the race for governor, a fourth candidate has announced she'll campaign for the Democratic nomination.

Jo Ingles

The leader of Democrats in the Ohio Senate is stepping down but he’ll be replaced with a familiar face.


The race to become Ohio’s next governor continues to grow. Like the three Democrats who jumped into the 2018 race in recent weeks, Northeast Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci says he’s best-served to represent working-class Ohioans.


Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci has entered the 2018 Ohio governor's race against a potential trio of GOP state officeholders, as well as at least three Democrats.

Connie Pillich

Connie Pillich, a former state representative who led an unsuccessful race for state treasurer, became the third Democrat in as many weeks to join the race for Ohio governor.

It's her background in the Air Force, though, that Pillich says makes her stand out as the type of governor that Ohioans want.

Connie Pillich
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Former state representative Connie Pillich of Montgomery has been laying the groundwork for months and, Monday morning, she made it official – she will be a Democratic candidate for Ohio governor in 2018.

Betty Sutton/Facebook

Betty Sutton says it’s not about her or any potential opponents. Her decision to run to become Ohio’s first elected woman governor is about the people of Ohio.

Sutton officially entered the race this week, joining fellow Democrat Joe Schiavoni as the only declared candidates.

Joe Schiavoni/Twitter

As several Republicans signal their interest in the Ohio governor's race, just one Democrat has officially stepped up and declared their candidacy: State Senator Joe Schiavoni.

Joe Schiavoni
Statehouse News Bureau

The man who leads Democrats in the Ohio Senate has announced a run for governor. Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, of Boardman, is the first of his party's potentially crowded field to make a 2018 gubernatorial bid official.

Youngstown-area U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan takes a selfie with a delegate at the 2016 Democratic Party Convension.

One of the Democrats often mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018 says he won’t be running. That decision may bring a flood of candidates forward.

Youngstown-area Congressman Tim Ryan said in a statement he believes the best way to serve his community is to stay where he is and continue working on issues that affect middle-class Ohioans.

The Ohio House of Representatives

Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor says she's "seriously considering" a run for Ohio governor in 2018.