Strickland Balks At Another Run For Governor

File photo(Photo: Ohio Governor's Office)
File photo(Photo: Ohio Governor's Office)

Former Governor Ted Strickland will not make another run at the office in 2014.

“In many ways, this has been a very difficult decision. I look back fondly on my time as Ohio’s 68th Governor –and am proud of my Administration’s efforts to guide our state through the greatest national economic crisis since the Great Depression,” Strickland wrote in a statement released this morning.

The former governor and congressman did not give a reason for stepping out of the race.

Strickland says he and his wife Frances will remain “politically active private citizens.”

Strickland was co-chair of President Obama’s Ohio campaign last year.

Strickland’s departure from the race leaves Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan among remaining Democratic challengers to Republican Gov. John Kasich next year.

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