Dennis Kucinich Running for Congress

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Dennis Kucinich is once again throwing his hat into the political ring.

A prominent figure in Ohio politics, the 77-year-old veteran politician has recently taken a significant step towards a potential return to public office.

By submitting the necessary paperwork to the Federal Election Commission, he has officially thrown his hat into the ring as an independent candidate for the congressional seat currently occupied by Rep. Max Miller (R-OH-7).

Kucinich made a formal announcement regarding his candidacy for Ohio’s 7th Congressional District at the Independence Civic Center on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

At the age of 31, Dennis Kucinich was elected as the mayor of Cleveland in 1977, making him the youngest person to ever lead a major American city.

However, following the city’s descent into default in December of 1978, he failed to secure re-election.

Kucinich experienced a notable resurgence in the political arena during the 1990s.

After his successful election to the Ohio Senate in 1994, he further solidified his political career by securing a seat in the esteemed U.S. House of Representatives just two years later.

Kucinich served in Congress for a remarkable 16 years.

He also ran for president not once, but twice.

His dedication and experience speak volumes about his commitment to public service. In 2012, he was defeated in the Democratic primary by longtime Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, a result of redistricting.

Following his loss in Congress, Kucinich made a bid for Ohio governor in 2018.

However, Richard Cordray emerged as the clear victor in the Democratic primary, leaving Kucinich behind. In a crowded field, Kucinich joined the race to replace Frank Jackson as mayor of Cleveland three years later.

Kucinich’s most recent gig was as the campaign manager for independent Presidential candidate RFK Jr. a position he left in the fall of 2023.

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