Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley enters Ohio gubernatorial contest with focus on corruption
April 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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FILE???In this Aug. 4, 2019 file photo, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley speaks during a news conference regarding a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. Whaley announced Monday April 19, 2021, she will try to unseat Ohio's Republican governor after her effort to work with him on gun reforms in the aftermath of a mass shooting in her city stalled. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced a bid for Ohio governor on Monday, jumping into a race that could pit her against incumbent Republican Mike DeWine.
(CNN)Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced a bid for Ohio governor on Monday, jumping into a race that could pit her against incumbent Republican Mike DeWine.
The Ohio Democrat enters a race that figures to be difficult for her party, given the Buckeye State has moved further to the right over the last decade and backed former President Donald Trump both in 2016 and 2020.
Whaley, in an interview with CNN on Monday, said that she doesn't care who the Republican nominee is because "anybody that's running on the Republican side will be from the same old, same old, past three decades of state house politics" and focused on corruption in Columbus.
They need someone like a mayor that knows that they're working longer hours and getting paid less and not being able to provide for their families," Whaley said.
Whaley's announcement includes video of Larry Householder, the Republican speaker of Ohio's House of Representatives, who was arrested in 2020 on charges connected to a $60 million bribery scheme.
While Whaley is not the only Democrat running in the gubernatorial primary -- John Cranley, the mayor of Cincinnati, is exploring a run -- she is seen as one of the best positioned Democrats in what could be a difficult race.
In national races, Republicans have dominated the since former President Barack Obama won Ohio in his 2012 reelection bid, with the party sweeping statewide offices in 2014 and with Sen. Rob Portman easily defeating former Gov. Ted Strickland for Senate in 2016.
When asked about how hard it has been for Democrats other than Sen. Sherrod Brown to win statewide in Ohio over the last decade, Whaley replied, "My position on Ohio has always been that I don't believe it's a blue state or a red state.
Before becoming mayor, Whaley served two terms on the Dayton City Commission.
Whaley said she decided to run for governor because Ohio needs "local solutions" to the state's problems and does not believe the Biden administration plays a role in whether she can win or not.