A look at candidates running for Ohio governor in 2018

A look at the candidates for governor 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:


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This combination of file photos shows candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run for Ohio governor in 2018 including, clockwise from left to right, former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio; Richard Cordray, former federal consumer protection chief; William O'Neill, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice; and Ohio state Sen. Joe Schiavoni. Early voting began Tuesday, April 10, 2018, to choose the Democratic and Republican nominees for the Nov. 6, 2018, general election to succeed second-term Republican Gov. John Kasich. (AP Photo, File)

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: 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



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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.