Gov. Mike DeWine has won the Republican primary to remain governor of Ohio, and former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley will be the Democratic nominee, the Associated Press announced less than two hours after polls closed.
Ohio Democratic Chair Elizabeth Walters lauded Whaley.
Nan Whaley is the leader Ohio deserves with a proven track record of leading Ohio through its toughest times and helping our state come out stronger on the other side, she said. Tonight, she makes history as the first woman to secure the gubernatorial nomination of a major political party in Ohio, cementing a strong and diverse ticket of candidates ready to show Ohio voters were on their side … Mayor Whaley is the candidate Ohio needs to create jobs, clean up corruption and put Ohio back on the right track, said Walters.
Whaley served two four-year terms as a Dayton city commissioner before being elected mayor in 2013 and reelected in 2017. She was president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors during her last year as Daytons mayor. She planned to run for governor in 2018 but dropped out and endorsed Richard Cordray, the eventual Democratic nominee.
FTR, Nan Whaley is 46 years old. Mike DeWine has been in office for 46 years.