Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor, and he says he would muster state resources to fight poverty and violence, boost arts and education and expand economic opportunity.
The 71-year-old said Wednesday he’ll fight for “We the People.”
“I think I represent the mainstream and aspirations for jobs and healthcare and education and for a better environment and all kinds of economic progress in the state,” Kucinich told FOX & Friends this morning.
“But, the one thing can I do, that I don’t know if there is another Democrat in Ohio who could run for office and do, is that I can reach out to the people who voted for President Trump. I can show them that there are Democrats who stand solidly for economic progress. Who want to protect our markets, who want to stand up for everyday Americans. So, you know, to me, that’s my constituency, too. And I’m reaching out and I’m not going to leave anyone out of picture.”
His entry creates a five-way Democratic primary for the chance to succeed Republican Gov. John Kasich, who’s term-limited.
At a campaign kickoff in Middleburg Heights, Kucinich noted his long history of public service, including being elected Cleveland mayor 40 years ago, serving 16 years in Congress and running twice for president.
He said he could have been a viable gubernatorial contender in 1982 if he hadn’t fought as mayor against banks pushing Cleveland to sell its discount electricity provider.
Kucinich plans campaign stops in Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati and Toledo.