Cordray, now 59, has been on the statewide ballot six times, winning three times: state treasurer in 2006, state attorney general in 2008 and party nomination for governor in 2018.
From January 2012 to November 2017, he led the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a post that boosted his national profile but prohibited him from engaging in politics.
Here's how Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray answered our questions about the big issues.
On the campaign trail, Cordray says he will focus on the opioid crisis, supporting small businesses and workers and education.
He has pledged to reduce standardized testing, eliminate for-profit charter schools and expand access to quality early childhood care; deal with the opiate crisis by declaring a state of emergency, continuing Medicaid expansion and boosting money for prevention and treatment.
Richard Cordray visits the area
Here’s a few things to know about him:
Education: Cordray holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, a master's degree from Oxford University, and law degree from University of Chicago. After law school, he clerked for two U.S. Supreme Court justices.
Family: Cordray and his wife Peggy have twins, Holly and Daniel. The family lives in Grove City.
Running mate: Betty Sutton is a former U.S. representative from Barberton near Akron. She also served in city and county government. In 2013, President Obama appointed her to head the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, left, and his running mate Betty Sutton greet a crowd of supporters during an election night event.
Endorsements: Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Nan Whaley, and unions including FOP Ohio and Ohio Education Association.
Fun fact: Cordray is a five-time Jeopardy! game show champion. His campaign is embracing his nerdy side with a website, RichKnowsOhio.com, that features Cordray answering Ohio trivia, and the Cordray team put out digital ads of the candidate reading and responding to 'mean Tweets.'
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