He described her as a highly regarded community leader, volunteer and political activist.
The 71-year-old was elected mayor of Cleveland 40 years ago and ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004 and 2008.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced her decision to leave the race at a joint appearance Friday with Cordray.
Renacci said he wants to provide an alternative to the “far left, career politician Sherrod Brown.”
The move comes as Democrats position to win back control of the key battleground state in November.
Politics have been part of Nan Whaley’s life for as long as she can remember.
Mary Taylor grew up near Akron and says she learned her values from her parents and grandparents.
The Cleveland Democrat was also a presidential candidate in 2004 and 2008.
Betty Sutton overcame misogyny to win a spot on Barberton’s city council and later serve in the U.S. Congress.
Looking back, Joe Schiavoni says growing up in Youngstown was great.
If you ask Jim Renacci, he’ll tell you that he has been an underdog his whole life.
Once a self-proclaimed soccer mom, Connie Pillich felt compelled to make a change in state politics.
Schiavoni is the first of six Democrats in Ohio governor’s race to pick his running mate.
William O’Neill grew up in Chagrin Falls, attended Ohio University, and from there, went to war.
Small business was something that Mike DeWine literally grew up with.
Cordray is not a flashy politician. With a quiet nature, he said he hopes his actions speak to his experience.