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Congressman Renacci joins Republican field for governor

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    Jim Renacci



U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, officially announced his candidacy to run for governor Monday morning, according to a press release.

Renacci represents the 16th District, which covers portions of Medina County, Cuyahoga County, Stark County, Portage County, Wayne County and Summit County. He is currently serving his fourth term in the U.S. House and is on the Ways and Means Committee.

“I’m proud to have created over 1,500 jobs in our state and employed over 3,000 hard working Ohioans,” Renacci said in a statement. “I believe deeply in the value of results, not rhetoric, and I am committed to putting that brand of principled, conservative, business-based thinking to work on behalf of the people of our state.”

He has also introduced legislation that is aimed at lowering taxes for businesses and curbing government spending.

In a one minute, 42 second advertisement for Renacci’s bid, he is shown riding a motorcycle through the countryside and talking to groups of people in various settings.

Unidentified people speak on behalf of the representative, saying that Ohio does not have “one size fits all problems,” and as a result creative solutions are needed.

Renacci tells crowds that he wants to end regulations that are “hurting us,” simplify the tax code and end pay for play, which someone defines as government contracts that are signed as a result based on who the politician knows.

Renacci, 57, was born in Monongahela, Pa., and moved to Wadsworth more than 30 years ago. In 2004, he was elected mayor of the city and served through 2008.

He formerly owned the Renacci-Doraty Chevrolet auto dealership in Wadsworth until 2009, when General Motors filed for bankruptcy.

State Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor both announced candidacies while Secretary of State Jon Husted is considering a run.

Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, former Wayne County Commissioner Dave Kiefer, former state Rep. Connie Pillich and current Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni have declared bids for the governor’s seat.

On Nov. 6, 2018, Ohio will hold an election for governor to replace Gov. John Kasich, whose term will end Jan. 14, 2019 due to term limits.

Contact reporter Ashley Fox at (330) 721-4048 or

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