Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has decided not to seek a rematch against Republican Gov. John Kasich in 2014.
Strickland, who lost a bid for re-election to Kasich by 77,127 votes out of 3.9 million cast in 2010, had been considering running again next year and announced today he would not.
“In many ways, this has been a very difficult decision,” Strickland said in a statement. “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.”
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has said he is considering challenging Kasich, and other Democrats mentioned as possible candidates include Richard Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general who is now serving as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of the Youngstown area.
Strickland, 71, a former six-term congressman, had been seriously considering running again. He was a vocal opponent of a bill signed by Kasich in 2011 that restricted collective bargaining rights for public employees and campaigned tirelessly last year as national co-chairman for President Barack Obama’s re-election.
The former governor said he and his wife will continue to be politically active private citizens and 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.”