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COLUMBUS -- Former Congresswoman Betty Sutton is the latest Democrat to announce she won't be launching a gubernatorial bid next year.
She announced the decision in a released statement Friday.
"I want to thank all who have encouraged me to run for governor of our great state," she said. "I will always be honored by the support and encouragement I have been given, but after thoughtful consideration, I have decided that I will not run for governor in 2014."
Sutton, a Barberton native, served in Congress for half a dozen years before losing to Republican Congressman Jim Renacci after districts were redrawn.
The announcement came a week after U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan said he wouldn't enter the race.
Sutton and Ryan were among rumored challengers to Gov. John Kasich. To date, only Ed FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County executive, has formed an exploratory committee, formalizing his potential candidacy.
Former Attorney General and current Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head Richard Cordray's name continues to be mentioned among possible Kasich challengers. Cordray's federal nomination has yet to be finalized by lawmakers.
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at email@example.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.