Founded in 1906, Cleveland Public Power is Ohio's largest public power company and the 35th largest in the nation. In the 1970s, the city was almost forced to sell the company. In 1977, then Mayoral candidate (now Congressman) Dennis Kucinich (D) ran on a platform to stop the sale. Two years later, city residents voted 2-to-1 against privatizing their municipal power system. In 1986 then-Mayor (now U.S. Senator) George Voinovich (R) introduced legislation to enable the utility to expand its service system. Today, Cleveland Public Power is one of the country's leading public power companies, with power reliability rated at 99.99 percent.