The Columbus Dispatch reports that in a recent speech, John Kasich indicated he was working on a new book, which would be the governor’s fourth, and a potential sign that he is considering running for president in 2016.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich discusses school reform in the state, during a legislative forum hosted by The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich said he wants fast action on education changes but understands such changes can take time. (Credit: AP)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich discusses school reform in the state, during a legislative forum hosted by The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich said he wants fast action on education changes but understands such changes can take time. (Credit: AP)

According to the report, Kasich stated:

“I am working, a little bit, but not much, on another book,” he said. “And the book is going to be about the fact that nothing good is ever lost, and the things that we do that (we) think are insignificant really do matter. And I believe that going forward in this country, with the frustrations that many of us have about drug addiction and loneliness and broken families and people who just feel as though there is no way out, we all have to be involved in that one way or another to try and improve this world.”

The Ohio Governor is currently running for re-election, with early polls indicating he owns a comfortable lead over Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald.

As the Dispatch notes, typically presidential candidates pen books in the run-up to the election as a means of floating a trial balloon and/or cleansing themselves of information which could prove damaging if revealed by competitors.

For his part, Ed FitzGerald has asked that Gov. Kasich sign a pledge that he will not run for president in 2016.