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Tim Ryan will not run for governor

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Valley Congressman Tim Ryan has decided against running for Ohio governor.

In a release, Ryan said, "This is the most exciting time in the history of Northeast Ohio and it has become increasingly clear to me that I will be able to do more for the region, state, and country by continuing to serve in the House of Representatives rather than running for governor."

"I began to realize that everything I want to do for our area and build on what we've done, that I'm in a position right now to be able to do that. I sit on the appropriations committee, the defense and transportation subcommittees. There's a lot of opportunity there. And I just really started to realize that over the last few weeks that this is where I need to be," Ryan said Friday evening.

In a statement, David Betras, the chair of the Mahoning County Democratic Party said ,  "I am glad that [Tim Ryan] has decided to remain in Congress and continue to focus his time, talent, and energy on the Mahoning Valley. At the same time I firmly believe that Ohio needs a leader with Tim's vision for the future, concern for working families, and commitment to public service.

Betras said that if and when Ryan decided to run, he would be in total support of the congressman.

"I'm proud of the important work Congressman Tim Ryan has done for the people of the Mahoning Valley, and all of Ohio, serving as an outspoken hero for our working class. Although Tim decided to continue serving the people of his District in Congress, he is a rising star in both the Ohio and National Democratic Party, and his future is very bright," said Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern.

This leaves Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgearald as the remaining Democratic politician who has been rumored to run against Governor John Kasich.

Fitzgerald has recently formed an exploratory committee in regards to a possible run.

 

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