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Richard Cordray Announces Run For Governor

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Dan Konik
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Statehouse News Bureau

Former consumer watchdog Richard Cordray says he will focus his campaign for governor on improving the lives of Ohio's families.

At a hometown diner crowded with press and supporters, the 58-year-old Cordray said Tuesday that he will focus on "kitchen table issues" like the costs of health care and college.

Cordray is a former Ohio attorney general and state treasurer. He said his resignation last month as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau balanced a call from former President Barack Obama to "keep fighting" and his interest in getting ready to run for governor.

Many view Cordray as among the Democrats' strongest contenders to seize a critical swing state from Republicans next year. GOP Gov. John Kasich is term-limited and unable to seek re-election.