The Washington Post

Ted Strickland won’t run for governor in 2014

Ted Strickland at the DNC. (Reuters) Ted Strickland at the DNC. (Reuters)

Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland will not run for his old post in 2014, disappointing Democrats who hoped he would challenge Gov. John Kasich (R). 

“Today I am announcing my decision not to seek election as governor of Ohio in 2014,” Strickland said in a statement. “In many ways, this has been a very difficult decision. I look back fondly on my time as Ohio’s 68th governor –and am proud of my administration’s efforts to guide our state through the greatest national economic crisis since the Great Depression.”

Strickland said that he and his wife Frances "will continue to be politically active private citizens ... We will continue to stand with working men and women to build a stronger Ohio —-and to defeat anti-worker and anti-middle class legislation that may arise.”

Kasich narrowly defeated Strickland in 2010. Since then, the Republican has struggled with low poll numbers and a union backlash against his attempts to limit collective bargaining. But in recent months, he's rebounded; in September a Washington Post poll suggested  he’s among the more popular governors in the country.

Strickland also enjoyed a resurgence this past fall. He turned heads at the Democratic National Convention with a blistering attack on the Republican presidential nominee that was notable for zingers like, “If Mitt Romney was Santa Claus, he would fire the reindeer and outsource the elves.”

"While he may not be our candidate for governor, Ohio is one of our top pick-up opportunities and we will continue to work with Governor Strickland to return the seat to Democrats,” Democratic Governors Association Chairman Peter Shumlin said in a statement. 

Other potential contenders include Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and former Ohio Attorney General and current head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Comments
Show Comments
The New Hampshire primary is Tuesday. Get caught up on the race.
The feminist appeal may not be working for Clinton
In New Hampshire, Sen. Bernie Sanders is beating Clinton among women by eight percentage points, according to a new CNN-WMUR survey. This represents a big shift from the results last week in the Iowa caucuses, where Clinton won women by 11 points.
The Post's Dan Balz says ...
This was supposed to be the strongest Republican presidential field in memory, but cracks are showing. At Saturday night's debate, Marco Rubio withered in the face of unyielding attacks from Chris Christie, drawing attention to the biggest question about his candidacy: Is he ready to be president? How much the debate will affect Rubio's standing Tuesday is anybody's guess. But even if he does well, the question about his readiness to serve as president and to go up against Clinton, if she is the Democratic nominee, will linger.
Listen
Play Video
New Hampshire polling averages
Donald Trump holds a commanding lead in the next state to vote, but Marco Rubio has recently seen a jump in his support, according to polls.
New Hampshire polling averages
A victory in New Hampshire revitalized Hillary Clinton's demoralized campaign in 2008. But this time, she's trailing Bernie Sanders, from neighboring Vermont. She left the state Sunday to go to Flint, Mich., where a cost-saving decision led to poisonous levels of lead in the water of the poor, heavily black, rust-belt city. 
55% 40%
Listen
Play Video
Upcoming debates
Feb. 11: Democratic debate

on PBS, in Wisconsin

Feb 13: GOP debate

on CBS News, in South Carolina

Feb. 25: GOP debate

on CNN, in Houston, Texas

Campaign 2016
State of the race

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.