Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan not running for governor in 2014

By Marc Kovac | R-C Capital Bureau Published:

COLUMBUS — Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan has decided against a gubernatorial run in 2014.

Ryan, who represents parts of Trumbull, Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Summit counties, said in a statement to supporters Friday that he "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."

"For decades, our young people have yearned for more opportunities, and now those opportunities are growing everyday," he added. "By continuing to lead that effort from my current position in Congress, together we can continue to build upon those accomplishments."

Ryan was among a handful of rumored challengers to Gov. John Kasich. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced earlier this week that he had formed an exploratory committee, becoming the first candidate to formalize his potential candidacy.

Others who have been mentioned include former Attorney General Richard Cordray and former Congresswoman Betty Sutton.

In his statement Friday, Ryan, a former state senator, said he wanted to continue efforts to revitalize Ohio's economy and move policy changes to support U.S. troops, "especially those who carry so much of the trauma of war and suffer from post-traumatic stress."

Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at mkovac@dixcom.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.

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  • He certainly is worthless to the residents of Ravenna. He represents himself via the UAW and their campaign donations. Supposedly he has been working hard for 4 years to get retired white collar GM workers retirement returned. so far no luck. GM was finally forced to pay back the contributions paid directly by the salaried employeess, but GM's obligation was cancelled by obama. And...only the money paid in by the worker, no interest at all.

  • Yes Tim has learned that is safer by staying in an office that is further away from the people you are screwing. He knows that if he had to stay in Columbus people could come in and yell at him. In DC he is protected by a whole police force with guns while he tries to take our guns from us.