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Strickland won't run again
Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland won't run again in 2014.
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN


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Ever since he was defeated in his re-election bid two years ago, former Governor Ted Strickland has been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2014.

But statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports Strickland has decided not run, bettering the chances for two other potential candidates from Northeast Ohio.

Cohen: Strickland won't run

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Former Gov. Ted Strickland announced today he will not be a candidate in 2014 for governor. Strickland, a Democrat, says he stands by his one-term record, though he plans to remain active in politics.

He was defeated in the Republican sweep of 2010 by John Kasich, a former investment banker and congressman. It was among the most expensive governor's race in Ohio history, with combined spending approaching $34 million.

Strickland's decision leaves Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Warren among the top potential Democratic challengers to Kasich next year.

FitzGerald is a former FBI agent and mayor tapped to lead Ohio's most populous county out of scandal. Ryan is a six-term congressman from Youngstown first elected in 2002.

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