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Democrat Richard Cordray to join crowded governor's race

FILE - In this March 26, 2015, file photo, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray speaks during a panel discussion in Richmond, Va. Cordray, the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tendered his resignation Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, and simultaneously named his own successor, setting up the consumer agency for another battle with the Trump White House over control of the powerful federal watchdog. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — Former consumer watchdog Richard Cordray is preparing to join a crowded governor's race in Ohio.

The 58-year-old Democrat will make the long-anticipated announcement on Tuesday in his hometown of Grove City. He's viewed as among Democrats' strongest contenders to seize a critical swing state from Republicans next year.

Cordray resigned last month as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, one of the last major Obama-era holdouts in the Trump administration. He's also been Ohio's attorney general and treasurer.

Cordray joins a Democratic field that includes: former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, ex-state Rep. Connie Pillich, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni and Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill.

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