Kucinich, a former congressman from the state and contributor for Fox News, is the seventh Democrat to file for the race to replace term-limited Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R). The 71-year-old still needs to select a running mate and file a petition with 1,000 signatures by early February, the News-Sun reports.
Representatives for Kucinich clarified Tuesday that the paperwork was only a “procedural step in a potential run.”
“It was not a formal declaration of candidacy,” Kucinich spokesman Andy Juniewicz said. “He has not made an official announcement, nor has he yet filed nominating petitions with the Secretary of State.”
Kucinich began his career in Cleveland local politics before serving eight terms in Congress and running for the Democratic nomination in two presidential elections.
The gubernatorial race is already crowded with candidates for both parties. Kucinich would be a high-profile candidate, but it’s uncertain what his chances are on the Democratic ticket. As a contributor for Fox News, Kucinich has made comments in defense of President Donald Trump that may isolate him in the congested field.
This story has been updated with comment from Dennis Kucinich’s spokesman.