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DeWine Enters Gubernatorial Race

May 27, 2016

Mike DeWine
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Republican Ohio Attorney General and former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine has confirmed what political prognosticators have reported for months: he's running for governor.

He shared his less-than-secret plans with a Dayton charter school official Thursday in a conversation overheard by a reporter. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

DeWine says he intends to run but says he doesn’t really want to talk about it right now.

 

“It certainly is no secret that I’m very much interested in running for Governor in 2018 but I think it’s just too early to be making that formal announcement. We need to get this election behind us and people, I think, should be focusing on this election. It’s very, very important.”

 

Other statewide office holders who might run for office then include Secretary of State Jon Husted and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor though neither of them have talked about their intentions at this point. The Ohio Democratic Party’s Kirstin Alvanatakis says DeWine needs to drop the campaign talk and focus on doing his job right now.