(2-4-21) Dr. Amy Acton, the former state health director, is stepping down from her nonprofit position to possibly run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate.Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, who cited divisive national politics in a decision not to seek reelection next year.

No word from Republican Ohio Governor Mike DeWine if he will support Acton in her quest to become Ohio’s next US Senator. She worked closely with the Governor during the start of the pandemic, one that has seen the Governor getting support from the Democrats on his health orders.

Acton issued the following statement today-

“Many Ohioans have shared with me their concerns and the daily challenges they face,. They have expressed a need for a new approach that can help them, and their communities thrive. I am humbled by the outpouring of interest and support. For that reason, I am stepping down from my role at The Columbus Foundation in order to carefully consider how I can best be of service at this crucial time.”

Acton will face a crowded group of wannabe Democrats – Rep. Tim Ryan and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, both are also considering a run for governor in 2022. Michael Coleman, the former mayor of Columbus, Danny O’Connor, the elected recorder of property deeds in Franklin County.

Republicans considering the position include state party chair Jane Timken, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, and former state treasurer Josh Mandel.