A look at candidates running for Ohio governor in 2018

The following is a look at the line-ups in the Republican and Democratic primaries whose winners will face off this fall for the chance to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich. Candidates are listed alphabetically by party:


OHgov dem

The outcome of Ohio's historic five-way Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, is anyone's guess. This combination of file photos shows, from left to right, Richard Cordray, the first director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and former Ohio state attorney general and treasurer; former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio; William O'Neill, now an Ohio Supreme Court justice; then-Ohio state Rep. Connie Pillich; and Ohio state Sen. Joe Schiavoni. (AP Photos)

NAME: Richard Cordray

AGE: 58

Hometown: Grove City, Franklin County

EXPERIENCE: Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 2012-2017; Ohio Attorney General, 2009-2011; Ohio Treasurer, 2007-2009; Franklin County Treasurer; Solicitor General of Ohio; Ohio House, 1991-1992

EDUCATION: B.A., Michigan State University; M.A., Brasenose College, Oxford; J.D., University of Chicago

RUNNING MATE: Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton


NAME: Dennis Kucinich

AGE: 71

HOMETOWN: Cleveland

EXPERIENCE: U.S. House, 1997-2013; Ohio Senate, 1995-1997; Cleveland mayor, 1978-1979; Cleveland City Council

EDUCATION: B.A., M.A., Case Western Reserve University

RUNNING MATE: Tara Samples, Akron City Council


NAME: William O'Neill

AGE: 70

HOMETOWN: Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga County

EXPERIENCE: Justice, Ohio Supreme Court, 2013-2018; 11th District Court of Appeals, 1997-2007; U.S Army; R.N.; assistant Ohio Attorney General; O'Neill & Brown law firm

EDUCATION: B.A., Ohio University; J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; Huron School of Nursing

RUNNING MATE: Chantelle E. Lewis, Lorain County educator


NAME: Connie Pillich

AGE: 57

HOMETOWN: Montgomery, Hamilton County

EXPERIENCE: Ohio House, 2009-2014; Webb & Pillich, LLC law firm; U.S. Air Force

EDUCATION: B.A., University of Oklahoma; M.A., University of North Dakota; J.D., University of Cincinnati

RUNNING MATE: Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer


NAME: Joe Schiavoni

AGE: 38

HOMETOWN: Boardman, Mahoning County

EXPERIENCE: Ohio Senate, 2009-present; Senate Minority Leader, 2014-2017; Schiavoni, Schiavoni, Bush and Muldowney law firm

EDUCATION: B.A., Ohio University; J.D., Capital University

RUNNING MATE: Stephanie Dodd, Ohio State Board of Education

SOURCE: AP Research



OHgov Rep

This combination of file photos shows Republican candidates for governor in Ohio's Tuesday, May 8, 2018, primary including Ohio Attorney General and former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine, left, on Feb. 5, 2013, in Richfield, Ohio; and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, right, on Nov. 4, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photos/Tony Dejak, File)

NAME: Mike DeWine

AGE: 71

HOMETOWN: Cedarville, Greene County

EXPERIENCE: Ohio Attorney General, 2011-present; U.S. Senate, 1995-2007; Ohio Lt. Governor, 1991-1994; U.S. House, 1983-1991; Ohio Senate, 1981-1982; Greene County prosecutor

EDUCATION: B.A., Miami University; J.D., Ohio Northern College of Law

RUNNING MATE: Secretary of State Jon Husted


NAME: Mary Taylor

AGE: 51

HOMETOWN: Green, Summit County

EXPERIENCE: Ohio Lt. Governor, 2011-present; Ohio Auditor, 2007-2011; Ohio House, 2003-2006; Green City Council; certified public accountant

EDUCATION: B.S., M.S., University of Akron

RUNNING MATE: Nathan Estruth, CEO, iMFLUX Inc.