Ex-GOP congressman from Ohio to challenge DeWine for governor

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Jim Renacci

FILE – In this Oct. 31, 2018, file photo, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio speaks at the Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport in Mansfield, Ohio. Renacci, a former four-term congressman from northeast Ohio, plans to take on Gov. Mike DeWine in next year’s Republican primary. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A former four-term congressman from northeast Ohio plans to challenge Gov. Mike DeWine in next year’s Republican primary.

Ex-U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth announced his bid for the GOP nomination Wednesday on WTAM 1100 and on his website.

Renacci ran briefly for governor in 2017 before then-President Donald Trump backed him to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. Renacci faced criticism for a number of campaign finance irregularities during that campaign, which he lost.

The businessman and former Wadsworth mayor has criticized DeWine’s COVID-19 restrictions, as well as the governor’s economic and immigration stances.

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