Who will run to occupy Rob Portman’s Senate seat in Ohio?

Several prominent Republicans have already decided not to replace Rob Portman.

WASHINGTON DC, DC – Less than a week after Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced that he would not seek re-election to the United States Senate when his term ends in 2022, several Ohio political figures have retired Races excluded.

Democrats and Republicans are both vying for the seat. Several names are debated, including US Representative Jim Jordan, former Ohio State University soccer coach Jim Tressel, and former Ohio Health Department director Dr. Amy Acton.

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So far, only one candidate has officially announced his intention to take part in the race, while other big names have refused to take part.


Former Ohio GOP Chair Jane Timken

Timken, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, announced her offer on February 18.

“As chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, I was a conservative disruptor. With President Trump’s support, I built a section that got Conservative America First victories at all levels,” Timken wrote on Twitter. “Now I have the same work ethic and attitude towards Washington.”

As chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, I was a conservative disruptor. With President Trump’s support, I built a party that won America First Conservative victories at all levels.

Now I am adopting the same work ethic and attitude towards Washington. pic.twitter.com/6CFlRQIF4w

– Jane Timken (@JaneyMurph) February 18, 2021

Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel

The Cleveland native officially launched his campaign on February 10, saying he was inspired by the “bogus impeachment” of former President Donald Trump.

In Washington, I’m going to pulverize the college party – that cabal of Democrats and Republicans that sound alike and stand for nothing.

My candidacy is about standing up for working people, economic freedom and individual freedom. We must stop the extreme left’s attack on American values.

– Josh Mandel (@JoshMandelOhio) February 10, 2021

Mandel was considered the GOP leader for the Senate in 2018, but dropped out of elementary school due to the health problems of his then wife. He served two terms as treasurer and previously ran against Senator Sherrod Brown in 2012, losing that race by six points.

RELATED: Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel claims the 2020 election was stolen from President Trump in an interview with Mark Naymik on 3News


Geraldo Rivera

The longtime media personality and Shaker Heights resident tweeted that he had “considered” entering the Republican nomination race but confirmed only a day later that he “had decided not to seek public office.”

After a 36 hour whirlwind, I decided not to seek public office. Erica and I really appreciate the good wishes of those who encourage the idea.

– Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 11, 2021

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

Whaley was previously known for considering runs for Congress and briefly ran for governor in 2018. She announced she would not run for re-election for mayor, but told the New York Times she would not seek Portman’s seat and was instead considering another run for the Congressional gubernatorial mansion.

MP Joyce Beatty

Beatty, congresswoman for the Third Ward of Ohio, confirmed Tuesday that she will not run for the seat vacated by Senator Rob Portman.

“I promise to be active and will work to have our next Senator share my commitment to fighting for families, small businesses, women, and color communities in Ohio – and equally passionate about eliminating health inequalities, ours Economy and in social justice. ” System, “she said in a statement.

Beatty went on to say that she was grateful for the support but felt that she could do the best she could in her current position in Congress.

Jim Tressel

The former Ohio state head football coach and native mentor told Buzzfeed News’ Henry J. Gomez that he has no plans to quit his current job as President of Youngstown State University.

“Too busy here at YSU to run for the Senate,” said Tressel. “It is time for the young people to step up.”

Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted

On Wednesday afternoon, the Republican lieutenant governor of Ohio posted a statement on Twitter explaining his reasons for not running for the Senate seat, citing future intentions to run for Ohio governor.

“Being Lt. Governor is a fulfilling opportunity and I intend to keep this job, running for re-election and running for governor one day in the future,” Husted wrote.

Rep. Jim Jordan

Jordan, a staunch supporter of Trump, is said to be the favorite to replace Portman until it was reported in January that he had no intention of leaving his current position.

“Mr. Jordan believes that at this point he will be better placed to represent the Ohioans in the House of Representatives, where, as the Republican chief on the Justice Committee, he can advance an initial agenda for America, promote conservative values ​​and hold a major government accountable.” A congressman spokesman said in a statement from the Associated Press.

Dave Yost, Ohio Attorney General

The Republican tweeted that he would not run for the seat and would instead seek a second term as an AG.

The rule of law boils down to this: the same rules for everyone. At this point in history, our greatest need may not be to make new laws, but rather to apply the laws we have equally and fairly.

– Dave Yost (@ Yost4Ohio) February 1, 2021

After much deliberation, reflection and prayers, I have decided to stand for re-election as Attorney General and not as the US Senate.

– Dave Yost (@ Yost4Ohio) February 1, 2021

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley

Cranley has already discussed a possible run against DeWine in 2022, but a possible open Senate seat could have changed his course of action. However, the 3News sister station WLWT in Cincinnati reports that the mayor will not run for Portman’s replacement and is instead “focused on running for Ohio governor”.

Former Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman

After serious deliberation and discussions with my family, we decided that I will NOT run for the US Senate. I appreciate the support. I will consider a Senate candidate and work for good public order that benefits all Ohioans.

– Mike Coleman (@MichaelBColeman) February 3, 2021

Former Ohio Governor John Kasich

Kasich, a former U.S. Representative from 1983 to 2001 and later a popular two-term governor, drew the ire of the GOP when he opposed Trump and endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. In a statement to The Cincinnati Enquirer, spokesman Jim Lynch dismissed rumors of Kasich, who may be running for Portman’s seat, as “nothing more than clickbait”.


Dr. Amy Acton

Acton, a rumored favorite within the Ohio Democratic Party, first became known as director of the Ohio Department of Health in the spring of 2020.

“The Ohio Democrats had already raised money for their eventual candidate against Portman, unhappy with his support for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and other policies,” Buzzfeed News’ first reported Henry J. Gomez. “Moreover [Dayton Mayor Nan] Whaley and [Ohio Rep. Tim] Ryan, former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper, and Dr. Amy Acton who acted as [Ohio Gov. Mike] DeWine’s director of public health, who was wooed by progressive activists until last summer, was named as a potential candidate for the Senate seat. “

USA Today reported in 2020 that Acton voted in Ohio’s Democratic primary and that the former director promoted former President Barack Obama in 2008. However, she has also expressed her admiration for Republican Governor Mike DeWine.

RELATED: Dr. Amy Acton confirms she is considering chairing the U.S. Senate

Former MP Jim Renacci

The Wadsworth-based and current chairman of the Medina County’s GOP served eight years in Congress before running for the US Senate, losing six points to incumbent Brown. It was also rumored that he might be a possible candidate for DeWine in Republican Governor’s Elementary School.

Rep. Tim Ryan

According to reports, the Democrat Ryan could be a potential name looking to fill the seat. Ryan currently represents Ohio’s 13th Congressional District and is widely recognized as one of the strongest liberal voices in the state of Buckeye. He has been with the House of Representatives since 2003.

Geraldo Rivera

The longtime media personality and resident of Shaker Heights tweeted that he was “considering” entering the Republican nomination race. The 77-year-old previously considered running for the New Jersey Senate before ultimately deciding against it.

I’m considering running for @senrobportman’s resignation in the United States Senate. #GoBuckeyes

– Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 10, 2021

Bernie Moreno

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Cleveland area businessman is “likely” to enter the Republican nomination race. The native Colombian has become one of Ohio’s best-known GOP donors in recent years, and his daughter Emily was part of Trump’s re-election campaign in the state.

Moreno later wrote 3News about the report, saying, “It’s important for my family to make sure they are 100% on board.”

MP Bill Johnson

Like Jordan, Johnson is a staunch Trump loyalist and currently represents the sixth district in southeast Ohio in his sixth term. The 66-year-old Republican confirmed on Monday that he is “seriously considering” running for the Senate.

A statement from Bill Johnson: pic.twitter.com/B6EGDw1j90

– Bill Johnson (@JohnsonLeads) January 25, 2021

JD Vance

A native of Middletown and a veteran of the Iraq War, Vance became known as a venture capitalist and wrote the bestselling memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, which was later turned into a feature film starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close. He declined to run against Brown in 2018, but has not yet commented on a possible offer for 2022.

The New York Times reports that tech billionaire Peter Thiel, a longtime GOP donor and supporter of Trump, donated $ 10 million to a super PAC supporting a possible Vance run.

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