Richard Cordray speaks to crowd at old Dayton courthouse

Richard Cordray speaks to a crowd in Dayton (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT)- Richard Cordray spoke to a few dozen people at the old courthouse in downtown Dayton Wednesday afternoon.

Cordray says he would continue his mission he had while working as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

"That's the focus I want to bring to the governor's office, the kitchen table issues that keep the people and their families up at night. Worrying about how they're going to pay their bills. How they're going to make a better future," Cordray said.

Cordray is an Ohioan from Grove City. He is the only Democratic candidate who has won a statewide election. In 2006 he was elected treasurer and in 2008 he won a special election for attorney general.

"As attorney general, I defended the taxpayers of this state. Wall Street cost this state over $2 billion that I recovered for the people of this state and put back in their pockets. Money that never should've been taken from them in the first place," Cordray said.

Cordray ran against republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine for attorney general in 2010. He lost by about one percent.

Last week, DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted announced they were teaming up.

"Mike DeWine and I ran to practically a dead heat in 2010, which actually was not a very good year for a democratic candidate. If that's the rematch, maybe it is, I look forward to having that rematch in 2018," Cordray said.

Cordray stepped down as the head of the CFPB last month.

Cordray faces five Democratic challengers in the May primary, including Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

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