By Kathy Wray Coleman
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Coming off an event in Cleveland at Ohio City at Market Square as a keynote speaker on International Women’s Day on March, 8, 2021, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who is not seeking reelection as mayor of Dayton this year, announced she will make a run for governor in 2022, Whaley the first Democrat and second female to make such an announcement.
Whaley, 45, is making her second bid for governor after dropping out of the Democratic primary in 2018, among others, and for Richard Cordray, a former Obama administration consumer watch dog and former Ohio attorney general who won the primary and went on to lose the general election to current Gov. Mike DeWine, a popular Republican who is also a former Ohio attorney general.
Whaley said, “It’s time for a mayor who’s been on the front lines of Ohio’s toughest challenges. It’s time for a little bit of Dayton toughness in Columbus.”
Whaley was first elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005. She won the election for Dayton mayor in 2013, and was reelected in 2017.
She is an ally of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland and the first Democrat to officially announce a 2022 run for governor, though Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is a Democrat and plans to run too, he has said.
In addition to Gov DeWine, who has already said he is running for reelection, key Republicans seeking the Republican nomination for governor in Ohio in 2022 are former Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel, and former Ohio Republican Party chairwoman Jane Timken, a millionaire.