Ohio residents will have plenty of choices in the primaries ahead of the Nov. 6, 2018, Ohio governor election with two more people announcing their candidacy in the last two days: Jon Husted, Republican, currently Ohio’s secretary of state and Nan Whaley, Democrat, currently mayor of Dayton.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich will vacate the governor’s office at the end of his current term, his second term in that position due to term limit laws in the state.
Husted, as demonstrated in his announcement of his candidacy in the video above, plans to continue what has been his conservative stance as Ohio secretary of state, going so far as to say that he and his family would be in Hillary Clinton’s often-referenced “basket of deplorables” and are proud of that fact.
Whaley, who was elected as Dayton’s mayor four years ago, stated during an interview in which she announced her own candidacy that she believes one of the major problems in Ohio is that the state government has not partnered with local communities to leverage the state’s full potential and criticized the Republican view that tax cuts lead to economic growth.
Husted joins state Rep. Jim Renacci (R-16th District), who announced his candidacy for the governor’s office in late March, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor who has filed the paperwork to be a candidate, and probably candidate Attorney Mike DeWine as the GOP contenders in 2018.
Whaley will face competition from Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, former Rep. Betty Sutton and former state Representative Connie Pillitch. Others expected to be possible contenders for the Democratic nomination for Ohio governor are former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams and Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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