Ohio Democrats looking at running for governor include former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of the Akron area, former Ohio Attorney General Rich Cordray, former state Rep. Connie Pillich, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, Pepper told reporters at a forum hosted by The Associated Press in Columbus.
Pepper said he expects candidates to start getting into statewide races in a month or so.
On the GOP side, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted declined to say when they might announced their campaign plans for 2018. Likewise, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor has yet to announce.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is prohibited by term limits from running for a third term.
Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Timken said she won’t “tip the scales” in favor of one candidate over another and she believes GOP primary voters should be allowed to vote.
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