Governor Kucinich? – OpEd

Might Dennis Kucinich, who represented an Ohio district as a Democrat in the US House of Representatives for eight terms, be elected the next governor of Ohio? Henry J. Gomez reported Friday at Cleveland.com that “the names of more than a dozen Ohio Democrats swirl in the speculation about the 2018 race for governor.” It will be an open contest, with term limits preventing current Ohio Governor John Kasich from seeking reelection. And, writes Gomez, the potential of Kucinich entering the Democratic primary contest is “the subject of increasing chatter among party insiders.”

So far, Kucinich is neither ruling out nor committing to a run for governor. Gomez writes:

Kucinich, when asked this week about running for governor, did not offer a direct answer.

‘I’ll certainly get back to you,’ he wrote in an email, ‘if I have anything to say which would be worth your time.’

Three years ago there was also speculation that Kucinich may enter the 2014 Ohio governor race. But, Kucinich stayed out of the race. Maybe he will decide otherwise this time. Indeed, in 2015, Kucinich suggested he has an interest in running for office in Ohio again, saying the following in an interview:

…I think that I’ll probably be back in elected office. I don’t have any immediate plans, but you know, as I make my way around the Cleveland area and around Ohio, I have people who keep asking, well, when are you going next? And I just tell them, stay tuned.

While many people know of Kucinich because of his work in the US House and his two runs for president in the Democratic primary, Kucinich’s earlier involvement in politics includes holding office in Ohio as a Cleveland City Council Member, Cleveland Mayor, and Ohio State Senator.

Kucinich is a member of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Advisory Board.

This article was published by RonPaul Institute.

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