Cincinnati mayor launches bid for Ohio governor

CINCINNATI – A second Democrat has officially entered the 2022 race for Ohio governor.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley started his campaign Tuesday morning and is expected to make a formal announcement later that day. He has headed Cincinnati since 2013 and is the city’s 69th mayor.

Cranley told Spectrum News 1 that he has a plan to rebuild the middle class.

“I’m running for governor because Ohio needs a comeback. Ohio, once the great middle class state – the pioneers of flight and astronauts and presidents … Now the average Ohioer makes less money than the average American, conversely. Wages are falling, “said Cranley.

His plan is to create 30,000 jobs a year that cost $ 60,000 or more, implement high-speed internet across the state, rebuild manufacturing jobs, and offer families $ 500 a year from natural gas wells.

Cranley said he plans to legalize marijuana and the proceeds from it will go towards education, roads and bridges.

Cranley joins his friend, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, in the Democratic field. She announced her offer on April 19. Republican Governor Mike DeWine is expected to run for a second term.

On the Republican side, former MP Jim Renacci and Canal Winchester farmer Joe Blystone are running for the position.

Cranley, 47, had spent months studying an offer for the Democratic nomination and raised more than $ 1.3 million for it by July. Whaley said he raised more than $ 1.6 million.

Whaley unveiled her own job schedule on Monday just steps from Cranley’s Cincinnati office. It calls for a minimum wage of $ 15 and, like Cranley, investments in renewable energy. She also suggests channeling government funds and support to companies that pay fair wages and starting a ReInvent Ohio initiative for entrepreneurs.

He and Whaley, also elected mayor for the first time in 2013, consider each other to be friends and are in contact for most of the weeks.

“She’s a close friend and I think she’s done a lot of good for Dayton,” Cranley told the Associated Press. He said while both are running, “that means we will end up with a good candidate for governorship.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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