COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's elections chief has squelched rumors he might be preparing to challenge Gov. John Kasich in a Republican primary two years from now.
Secretary of State Jon Husted told reporters Thursday that if he runs for anything in 2014 it would be for re-election to his current job, where he oversees business filings and elections in the battleground state.
The 45-year-old Husted has served as state senator and speaker of the Ohio House. He's widely mentioned as an eventual contender for the governorship.
His remarks came at a news conference held to certify results of the 2012 election, including Democratic President Barack Obama's victory in Ohio.
Husted said deciding his political future is less a priority this week than wrapping up the election and being with his family.
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The government of Ohio is composed of the executive branch, led by the Governor; the legislative branch, which comprises the Ohio General Assembly; and the judicial branch, which is led by the Supreme Court.