*Part one of four. From east to west, this series previews the Nov. 6 midterm elections and their implications for the oil and natural gas industry. It offers a glimpse of candidates running for state and federal offices, the prominent energy-related issues factoring into campaigns, ballot initiatives and the fight for control of the U.S. House and Senate, which could have implications for key energy committees. Part 2 reviews western U.S. energy issues and races;Part 3 highlights key issues in Senate races; andPart 4 focuseson implications of a possible Democratic takeover of the House.
Articles from Cordray
Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine will faceoff to be Ohio’s next governor in the November general election after they won their respective party primaries by wide margins. DeWine, who is the state’s attorney general, ousted Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor with roughly 60% of the vote. Cordray, who once served as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama, beat runner-up Dennis Kucinich with about 62% of the vote. DeWine, a moderate Republican, has heaped praise on the oil and gas industry and the role Utica Shale development has played in the economy. Cordray has said little about energy issues, but scoffed at Kucinich’s call to ban all oil and gas drilling in the state.
In his first major policy announcement since joining the Ohio Democratic gubernatorial primary earlier this month, former Rep. Dennis Kucinich said if he’s elected he would put an end to all oil and natural gas drilling in the state and ban underground injection wells often used to dispose of industry waste.