Former Congresswoman Betty Sutton Enters Ohio Gubernatorial Race

Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton will enter the race for Ohio governor today, giving Democrats a second confirmed candidate in as many weeks.

"I spent my life standing up for working families -- the laborers, the firefighters, the teachers," Sutton, a former labor lawyer who lives in Copley, said in a telephone interview. "I want to be the governor who stands up to the powerful interests [on behalf of] working people."

Sutton, 53, has moved into campaign mode aggressively. Two months ago she was in her final days as administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp., a federal job that prevented her from engaging in politics. She left the post with the changeover to a Republican administration and quickly began meeting with party activists about a gubernatorial bid.

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer

Mrs. Sutton follows State Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni into a contest that is arguably one of the most bedeviling in the Midwest for Democrats: the Ohio Gubernatorial contest. Four potentially strong Republicans are looking at the race, including the Representative who defeated Sutton in 2012, Jim Renacci. The state went comfortably for President Trump last year, went to incumbent Governor Kasich in a landslide, re-elected Senator Rob Portman by a wide margin, and has been historically Republican. Unfazed by currently unfriendly territory and banking on a ripe midterm environment, Sutton and Schiavoni decided to take the plunge while Congressman Tim Ryan, a Youngstown-area Democrat who challenged Nancy Pelosi for House Minority Leader, passed.