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Kucinich Seeking Ohio Governor's Seat; Hopes to Attract Trump Voters

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:15 AM

Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich early Wednesday confirmed that he's running for governor in Ohio, commenting that he hopes to attract people who voted for President Donald Trump by showing them there are Democrats who also stand for economic growth.

"I can reach out to the people who voted for President Trump, I can show them that there are Democrats who stand solidly for economic progress, who want to protect our markets, who want to stand up for everyday Americans," Kucinich told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. 

"To me, that's my constituency, too, and I'm reaching out and I'm not going to leave anyone out of the picture," he added. " I think I represent the mainstream and aspirations for jobs and healthcare and education, for a better, environment, and all kinds of economic progress in the state."

Kucinich, 71, shot to fame in the 1970s, when he earned the nickname of "the boy mayor" when voters elected him as mayor of Cleveland at the age of 31. He was first elected to Cleveland City Council at the age of 23, and ran twice for the presidency, in 2004 and 2008.

His official announcement for the governor's race is set for Wednesday in Middleburg Heights, after which he plans to attend campaign stops in Columbus and Dayton, according to The Associated Press. A website already has been set up for his candidacy. 

Kucinich will join former federal consumer protection chief Richard Cordray, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, former state lawmaker Connie Pillich, Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill on the Democratic ballot.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor have declared their candidacies on the Republican ticket.

Current Gov. John Kasich, a candidate in the 2016 presidential election, is not running for re-election, as Ohio governors are limited to two terms in office.

Kucinich on Wednesday told Fox News that his experience in the House of Representatives, where he served from 1997-2013, will serve him well in Ohio's governor's mansion.

"Having had that experience on a federal level is very valuable, because it's enabled me for 16 years to be able to build coalitions," he said. "I can work with people on both sides of the aisle. . . as the governor you are the head of a state of 11 million people.

With the experience that I have, look, I'm going to be announcing a platform today about a can-do kind of approach which is inclusive, brings people in, which is sustainable. Has vitality. I'm ready to go."

Kucinich said he also wants to rebuild Ohio's infrastructure.

"There are billions of dollars in needs here," he said. "We want to get people back to work building, building, building."

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Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich early Wednesday confirmed that he's running for governor in Ohio, and hopes to attract people who voted for President Donald Trump by showing them there are Democrats who also stand for economic growth.
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