Dem Richard Cordray pledges a governor run 'the Ohio way'

n this March 26, 2015, file photo, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray speaks during a panel discussion in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

GROVE CITY, Ohio — Raised in Grove City, Richard Cordray sat at a kitchen table inside a Lilly's Kitchen Table Restaurant Tuesday to announce he's running for Governor of Ohio.

The 58-year-old former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, says he's running because it's time a Governor fought for the issues that mean the most to Ohioans like finding a good job, paying for healthcare, and speaking for those who often don't have a voice.

As a five-time Jeopardy champion, Richard Cordray will be trying to answer this political question: Can a Democrat win the race for Governor?

Those who know him best, like his brother Frank, says he's the one.

"It's not about party it's about the work that he's doing and there aren't many Jeopardy champions in politics these days," he said.

Rita Osborn went to High School with Cordray.

"Including my husband, I have never met a man with more integrity. To call him a politician he's more than that he's for the people," she said.

Cordray hopes to beat out five other Democrat opponents for an opportunity to face-off with Mike DeWine on the Republican ticket.

He hasn't forgotten his loss to DeWine during their race for Attorney General.

"In 2010, Mike DeWine and I ran a dead heat and he won by a point and I'm looking forward to what may be a possible rematch this year," he said.

Cordray says he's running on a platform he calls "Kitchen Table" issues.

He says as Governor, he will address the issues that impact working-class Ohioans.

So why run now after six-and-half years in Washington?

Cordray says he sensed a good fight.

"And it's a fight that we're seeing over the soul of America in terms of how we handle our politics how we handle our community how we treat one another," he said.

Cordray plans other political stops this week including Cincinnati and possibly Marion.

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