DeWine Begins Gubernatorial Run

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Republican Mike DeWine is embarking on a statewide campaign tour a day after announcing a bid for Ohio governor.

The 70-year-old state attorney general and former U.S senator is one of Ohio’s longest-serving and best-known politicians, but he faces a competitive and widening GOP field. Secretary of State Jon Husted and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, already are running. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor also is weighing a bid to succeed Republican Gov. John Kasich, who’s term-limited.

DeWine released a biographical web ad before the tour laying out an optimistic, law-and-order vision for Ohio.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Betty Sutton, a former congresswoman, questioned DeWine’s record. She says he’s failed to protect Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens by opposing the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion and defending anti-abortion laws.