State Sen. Kevin Coughlin delares GOP bid for governor
It will be interesting to see who else files for the office. Former Republican U.S. Rep. John Kasich is also exploring a run for governor.
Coughlin announced Tuesday in a video posted on his campaign Web site that he'll be a candidate in 2010. His candidacy papers were filed Monday at the Secretary of State's office.
Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland hasn't officially declared for a second term but has been raising money at "re-election kickoff" receptions around the state.
The 37-year-old Coughlin said that Ohio is adrift and needs a tax and regulatory environment that will be more welcoming to job creation.
Coughlin has represented Summit County in the Senate since 2001. He was a member of the state's House of Representatives from 1997-2001.
-- John Arthur Hutchison