Dennis Kucinich files paperwork for potential gubernatorial run

January 8, 2018

Dennis Kucinich files paperwork for potential gubernatorial run

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Cleveland, designated a treasurer for an impending gubernatorial run on Monday.

Kucinich, who did not respond to requests for comment on Monday, would become the seventh Democrat in the gubernatorial primary. Kucinich brings a national profile, making him one of the top contenders for the spot along with former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray.

The paperwork filed Monday is just the first step in a potential gubernatorial campaign for Kucinich, who would still need to designate a running mate and file petitions to run for office. But it allows him to raise money in a race that could be very costly.

Kucinich served eight terms in Congress before losing to U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a fellow Democrat from Toledo, after redistricting.

Most of the attention on the Democratic side of the race to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich has been on Cordray, including support from some national figures like Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

But Kucinich brings a populist zeal to a race that’s largely been devoid of a Bernie Sanders-esque figure.

Columbus reporter Jeremy Pelzer contributed to this report.