New candidate for Governor to make Toledo appearance

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(GROVE CITY) - UPDATE:

Former consumer watchdog Richard Cordray heads to Toledo on Wednesday to make his first local appearance as a candidate for Governor. The Democrat will appear at Tony Packo's on Front Street at 4:00pm. Cordray is also appearing in Cincinnati and Dayton on Thursday as part of what is dubbed the "Kitchen Table Tour" of Ohio.

The focus his campaign for governor on improving the lives of Ohio's families.

At a hometown diner crowded with press and supporters, the 58-year-old Cordray said Tuesday that he will focus on "kitchen table issues" like the costs of health care and college.

Cordray is a former Ohio attorney general and state treasurer. He said his resignation last month as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau balanced a call from former President Barack Obama to "keep fighting" and his interest in getting ready to run for governor.

Many view Cordray as among the Democrats' strongest contenders to seize a critical swing state from Republicans next year. GOP Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is term-limited and unable to seek re-election.