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Outdoor Industry Association Endorses Richard Cordray for Governor of Ohio

October 17, 2018

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Cody Wertz
Freestone Strategies

Cordray is committed to bolstering Ohio’s $24.3 billion outdoor recreation economy and supports installing a state office of outdoor recreation to further promote innovation and collaboration in the growing industry

BOULDER, Colo. – October 17, 2018 – Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today announced its endorsement of Richard Cordray in his bid to be Ohio’s next governor. Richard will be a leader on climate issues, promoting access to Ohio’s public lands and investing in outdoor recreation-related infrastructure.

“We support Richard Cordray to be Ohio’s next governor because he is committed to building and enhancing Ohio’s $24.3 billion outdoor recreation economy and the more than 215,000 jobs it supports by investing in outdoor recreation infrastructure and creating a state office of outdoor recreation to coordinate and promote opportunities within the state,” said Amy Roberts, executive director of OIA. “Ohio deserves a leader like Richard Cordray, who is not afraid to lead on issues, big and small, and we look forward to his leadership in the statehouse.”

“I am happy to accept the endorsement of Outdoor Industry Association,” said Richard Cordray. “Outdoor industries create hundreds of thousands of jobs and help Ohioans to take full advantage of our state’s bountiful natural resources. As governor, I will work to improve Ohio’s outdoor infrastructure, maintain our public lands, and protect our environment to ensure that future generations will continue to enjoy Ohio’s parks, forests, lakes, and streams for decades to come.”

OIA makes formal candidate endorsements after the OIA Board of Directors approves those endorsements. Stay tuned for more electoral-related announcements from OIA, including more about our “Vote the Outdoors” effort to provide our members with information to make voting decisions that support the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. Visit the OIA Voters Guide for more information about this year’s election and to #VoteTheOutdoors.


About Outdoor Industry Association

Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA unites and serves 1300 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business innovation and outdoor participation. For more information, visit