Dennis Kucinich to join Democrat primary for OH governor

Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor

Kevork Djansezian Getty Images Former US Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Ms. Sutton, a former Barberton City Councilman and state representative, adds gender and geographic diversity to the field and helps to narrow the gubernatorial field just as her former congressional colleague, Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland, threatens to expand it again.

Kucinich officially filed paperwork declaring his candidacy on Monday, according to the Springfield News-Sun.

Kucinich, 71, launched his political career almost 50 years ago when he served on the Cleveland City Council and later captured the mayor's office in 1977.

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The gubernatorial race is already crowded with candidates for both parties.

Mr. Cordray's announcement will come shortly before Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is expected to announce Cincinnati area business executive Nathan Estruth as her running mate.

There's been speculation that the Republican field could change if one or more of the candidates jumps into the U.S. Senate race to try to unseat Democrat Sherrod Brown after Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel ended his bid Friday because of his wife's health. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat, won the primary. Efforts to reach him Monday were not immediately successful. The party is remaining neutral in the primary.

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Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said Kucinich was welcome into the race.

Kucinich, a Cleveland politician and former mayor, gained national attention for his liberal positions and outspoken anti-war message, as well as his offbeat style.

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