Ex-NFL player considering run for Congress in Ohio

Former NFL wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez is considering a run for Ohio’s 16th Congressional District, Republican sources told a Cleveland newspaper.

Gonzalez, 32, who played for the Indianapolis Colts and briefly for the New England Patriots, is holding meetings in preparation for a potential run for the seat currently held by Republican Rep. Jim Renacci, reports.

Renacci, a former businessman and mayor, is expected to run for governor next year, leaving the seat open. 

Gonzalez has reportedly met with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) to discuss potentially entering the 2018 race but has not announced publicly. A source close to Gonzalez told the paper that he is seriously considering the run and will make a decision soon. 

{mosads}GOP State Reps. Tom Patton and Christina Hagan have also announced their candidacy for the Republican-leaning district’s primary in May.

After leaving the NFL in 2012, Gonzalez entered into a business career, earning his MBA from Stanford University in 2014. In June, the Cleveland native left his job as the CEO of Chalk Schools, a San Francisco education technology firm, and moved back near his hometown in the 16th District. 

The run would be Gonzalez’s first foray into politics.


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