Former Gov. Strickland will not seek re-election

Former Gov. Ted Strickland

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is not seeking to challenge Republican incumbent John Kasich in the 2014 gubernatorial election.

Strickland –– who held the office from 2007 to 2011 –– issued a statement on Monday through the Ohio Democratic Party that dispelled rumors of his potential candidacy, calling it a “ very difficult” decision to not seek re-election.

In the statement, Strickland reflected fondly upon his time as Ohio’s 68th governor –– thanking his wife, executive staff, cabinet and President Barack Obama.

“With the help of President Obama, who provided the funds necessary to keep Ohio and all of America from slipping into another Great Depression, we were able to preserve the social safety net, make important investments in education, and position Ohio’s economy for the recovery that started in February 2010,” Strickland said in the statement.

Strickland served as co-chair for President Obama’s re-election campaign, introducing both the President and Vice President Joe Biden at their respective stops in Athens this fall.

Though the presidential campaign is finished, Strickland said he and his wife would still be instruments for progressive politics in the state.

“Frances and I will continue to be politically active private citizens. We will continue to stand with working men and women to build a stronger Ohio —and to defeat anti-worker and anti-middle class legislation that may arise,” he said.

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