Former Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Ohio, will not run for the Buckeye State’s governor’s office in 2014.
“I want to thank all who have encouraged me to run for Governor,” she Tweeted on Friday. “After thoughtful consideration, I have decided that I will not do so in 2014.”
Sutton lost re-election to Rep. James B. Renacci by 4 points in the Cleveland-area 16th District in one of last cycle’s most targeted races. Since then, Democrats have been talking her up as a potential statewide candidate, suggesting she might challenge Republican Gov. John Kasich.
Sutton’s announcement comes just a couple weeks after one of the state’s most prominent Democrats, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced he’s exploring a bid for governor. Also this month, Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan announced he would not challenge Kasich.
Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.