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Stivers Becomes A True Chamber Of Commerce Republican

Rep. Steve Stivers talks to students from Hilliard, Ohio, when they visit the Capitol in 2013.
J. Scott Applewhite
Associated Press
Rep. Steve Stivers talks to students from Hilliard, Ohio, when they visit the Capitol in 2013.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk with Congressman Steve Stivers about why he is leaving public office.

Time To Update LinkedIn

Many thought Congressman Steve Stivers, who hales from suburban Columbus, was gearing up for a U.S. Senate run. He built some goodwill among Republicans as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee and raised $1.4 million for his campaign fund this year.

But he will campaign no more, at least not in the near future. Stivers announced this week he will leave Congress next month to become president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

A Democrat Steps Up To The Plate

The Democrats finally have a real official candidate for statewide office.

We knew Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was running for something. We just were not sure what office she would seek. This week she announced she has her eye on the governor's office.

Whaley is the first Democrat to enter the race to challenge Mike DeWine.

Cincinnati mayor John Cranley is also considering a run for governor. If he moves forward, it would set up a primary battle between two southwest Ohio mayors.

Send questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.