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Dennis Kucinich enters crowded race for Ohio governor

Dennis Kucinich enters crowded race for Ohio governor
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Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is throwing his hat into the ring for Ohio governor, joining six other Democrats vying for the seat.

Kucinich officially filed paperwork declaring his candidacy on Monday, according to the Springfield News-Sun.

Kucinich, who was mayor of Cleveland and then served eight terms in Congress, is perhaps best known for his two failed presidential runs in 2004 and 2008.

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The 71-year-old Democrat will be running against six other prominent figures in the primary, including former Attorney General Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayDems go on offense against GOP lawsuit on pre-existing conditions Trump attacks Democrat in Ohio governor's race Election Countdown: Minnesota Dems worry Ellison allegations could cost them key race | Dems struggle to mobilize Latino voters | Takeaways from Tennessee Senate debate | Poll puts Cruz up 9 in Texas MORE and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, to fill the seat that will be left vacant by term-limited Gov. John Kasich (R).

While in Congress, Kucinich served as the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. His 2008 presidential platform highlighted liberal policies including legalizing medical marijuana, ending the war on drugs and creating universal single-payer health care. He is also a longtime vegan.

Kucinich is an outspoken critic of U.S. intervention in Iraq and introduced articles of impeachment against former President George W. Bush.