In what is arguably the least surprising political news of the year, Richard Cordray is announcing his candidacy for the 2018 Democratic nomination to become the next governor of Ohio.
that the former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director will formally declare his intentions today at an event in Lilly’s Kitchen Table in his hometown of Grove City. Cordray faces five challengers in the May primary for the Democratic nomination, including former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, who leaked the news that Cordray was considering a return to elected office this summer. On the Republican side, one of the candidates is former Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who defeated then-Attorney General Cordray in the 2010 election.
Cordray, who refused to answer repeated questions on his political ambitions throughout the summer and fall, resigned from the CFPB on Nov. 24
and sparked a controversy by appointing Leandra English as acting director. President Trump named Mick Mulvaney to the position, and the president’s appointment was upheld by a federal court.