Former Ohio Republican Rep. John Kasich on Monday formally announced his 2010 campaign for the governorship, setting up a possible contest with Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland .
Kasich disclosed his candidacy in his hometown of Westerville, a Columbus suburb that he represented in the House (1983-2001). His announcement was expected; Kasich last month formed a campaign committee to begin raising money for the governor’s race.
Earlier Monday, ahead of Kasich’s announcement, the Democratic and Republican parties engaged in a fresh round of sparring about the governor’s race. The Ohio Democratic Party portrayed Kasich as a “Wall Street” candidate , and unsympathetic to the concerns of “Main Street” voters, because he worked in his post-congressional career for the investment banking division of the now-defunct Lehman Brothers firm.