Nan Whaley Drops Governor Bid, Endorses Richard Cordray

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley dropped out of the Democratic primary for governor on Friday, throwing her support behind Richard Cordray in the race to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. John Kasich. He's set to launch his campaign Wednesday. She was the only candidate in the race who had never served in Columbus or Washington, D.C.

The 71-year-old Kucinich is a former Cleveland mayor and two-time presidential candidate.

Earlier this week, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton left the race to become Cordray's running mate for lieutenant governor. Cordray, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has run on a platform of economic "kitchen table issues", including jobs, health care and education. Former state Rep. Connie Pillich, state Sen.

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Republicans Mike DeWine and Mary Taylor also are running.

"I consider her a friend", Schiavoni said.

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