For the Democrats, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley officially announced her candidacy. She will battle former Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Copley), state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, and ex-state Rep. Connie Pillich for the Democratic nomination. Former US Representative and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich and Consumer Financial Protection Board director and former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray remain as potential Democratic candidates. Gov. John Kasich (R) is ineligible to seek a third term. Both primaries and the general election will be highly competitive.