Meet the Candidates

As Ohio looks to elect its next governor in 2018, WOSU is interviewing every declared major party candidate on the issues and why they think they should be elected.

Amy Sancetta / Associated Press

After serving on the Ohio Supreme Court for 15 years, Bill O'Neill's new year began with an attempt by Senate Republicans to kick him off. Before it could go any further, though, he stepped down himself to pursue the goal that's been on his mind for months: running for Ohio governor. 

Tony Dejak / Associated Press

When Dennis Kucinich failed to win reelection to Congress in 2012, he made a relatively rare career choice for a Democrat: He went to work for Fox News.

Haraz N. Ghanbari / Associated Press

Richard Cordray stepped down from his position as director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in November. But as he ramps up his campaign for governor, he's pointing back to those years as proof he can serve Ohioans.

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.

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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.

NEOMED

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.

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.

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.