Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Former central Ohio Congressman John Kasich has kicked off his Republican campaign for Governor in 2010.
Kasich, who served in Congress for 18 years, announced his run Monday evening in front of a historic barn in the Columbus suburb of Westerville.
After leaving Congress, Kasich worked for six years as the managing director of investment banking for Lehman Brothers in New York City. The firm declared bankruptcy last year after the subprime mortgage meltdown.
Gov. Ted Strickland is expected to run for a second term but has not yet made a formal announcement.
Democrats have already begun to attempt to paint Kasich as an out-of-touch former investment banker. Republicans have said Strickland has failed to turn Ohio's economy around.
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