Columbus -- Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan has decided against a gubernatorial run in 2014.
Ryan, who represents parts of Trumbull, Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Summit counties, said in a statement to supporters March 15 that he "will be able to do more for the region, state and country by continuing to serve in the House of Representatives rather than running for governor."
"For decades, our young people have yearned for more opportunities, and now those opportunities are growing every day," he added. "By continuing to lead that effort from my current position in Congress, together we can continue to build upon those accomplishments."
Ryan was among a handful of rumored challengers to Gov. John Kasich. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced earlier this week that he had formed an exploratory committee, becoming the first candidate to formalize his potential candidacy.
Others who have been mentioned include former Attorney General Richard Cordray and former Congresswoman Betty Sutton.
In his statement March 15, Ryan, a former state senator, said he wanted to continue efforts to revitalize Ohio's economy and move policy changes to support U.S. troops, "especially those who carry so much of the trauma of war and suffer from post-traumatic stress."
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at email@example.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.