Congressman Renacci's Bid to be Ohio Governor is Official

Mar 21, 2017

Congressman Renacci is a former entrepreneur and Tea Party favorite.
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A Republican congressman from northeast Ohio is the second GOP candidate to officially file paperwork to run for governor in 2018. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports he seems to be channeling a Trump-like approach.

Congressman Jim Renacci from Wadsworth, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, says his working class roots and business acumen make him qualified to be Ohio’s next governor. 

“I’ve started my own business at age 24, created over 1,500 jobs, employed 3,000 people, had 60 different businesses throughout the state of Ohio," 

Though he’s a four-term congressman, Renacci has been positioning himself as an outsider, and his campaign slogan “Ohio First” has a Trump-like tone.  Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor filed paperwork to run for the office last month.

Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted, also Republicans, are also expected to seek their party’s nomination. On the Democratic side, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, former state Rep. Connie Pillich and former Congresswoman Betty Sutton have launched bids to be their party’s candidate for governor.