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Ted Stevenot says he will NOT run for Governor this year
Tea Party candidate says his decision to not challenge Gov, Kasich in the Republican primary has nothing to do with his potential running mate's tax problems

Kabir Bhatia
Stevenot says his decision has nothing to do with his potential running mate's tax problems
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After announcing a press conference for this week to kick off his gubernatorial run, Ted Stevenot has released a statement saying he will not be running against Gov. Kasich this year...

“On January 1st, I released an announcement about a press conference originally scheduled to occur 1:00 PM, January 7th in Columbus to announce my candidacy for Ohio Governor in the upcoming Republican primary. Though my running mate, Brenda Mack, and I have received a tremendous outpouring of support and encouragement since that announcement, I have decided not to run for governor at this time.” 
Stevenot also said, “My decision was not based on any concerns about my running mate, Brenda Mack, for whom I have tremendous respect and admiration. She is a strong and courageous woman who is appropriately unapologetic for who she is. Brenda shared with me that in 1999, she fell ill and it took doctors years to diagnose what was causing the problem.  During her illness, she understandably struggled to make ends meet and run her business. She ended up selling nearly everything she had just to survive. Eventually, doctors found out she had a rare form of cancer. Her battle with cancer ended in 2010 when, after her last chemotherapy treatment, and with many prayers from friends and family, she was thankfully diagnosed cancer-free. Brenda Mack is a fighter and I am honored that she considered running with me as lieutenant governor. This is my decision, not hers, and I understand that she is still interested in running for office in the future.” 
Stevenot continued by saying, “However, after much personal thought, as well as in depth discussions with family, friends, and advisors, I have made the decision to withdraw my candidacy for governor. I do this reluctantly, because I know that part of what has gone wrong with our political process is that the two major parties have made it exceedingly difficult for a common person to run for office. This is not good for our Republic or for our citizens who, as a result, often do not have their best interests represented by elected officials.  That being said, the liberty movement, in which I will continue to be actively engaged, is working to open up the elective process to more everyday citizens as was intended by our founding fathers. While this may not be the right time and race for me personally, I remain confident that our movement will ultimately be successful in restoring more voting freedom in the very near future.”
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