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Tea Party Favorite Renacci Enters Ohio Governor Race

Renacci is a former enterpreneur who's considered more conservative than other well-known Republicans expected to run for governor next year.

Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci has entered the 2018 Ohio governor's race against a potential trio of GOP state officeholders, as well as at least three Democrats.

The 58-year-old Renacci, of Wadsworth in northeast Ohio, sought to position himself Monday as a political outsider alongside three Republicans who have spent their careers in public office: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor.

Renacci has served in Congress since 2011. Before that, he was a long-time entrepreneur. His business ventures include LTC Companies group, a financial consulting service with stakes in over 60 businesses, and partnership in Columbus’ former Arena Football League team.

Renacci joins three Democrats in the governor's race so far. One of those Democrats, former Congresswoman Betty Sutton, lost her seat to Renacci in 2010 after the district was redrawn to favor Republicans.

Sutton is competing against Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni and former state representative Connie Pillich for the Democratic nomination.

All are vying to replace Republican Gov. John Kasich, who must vacate the office due to term limits.