The race for Ohio’s next governor is taking shape, but it’s a long time until November 2018.
However, the candidates are making promises already to take on issues such as Ohio’s growing overdose epidemic, Medicaid reform, taxes and education.
The latest Republican to join the race, Attorney General Mike DeWine said on Sunday, “When I am governor our state will be fundamentally different.”
All of the candidates have said something similar in their campaigns.
Whether it’s Secretary of State Jon Husted, Congressman Jim Renacci or Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor on the Republican side, or Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, former Congresswoman Betty Sutton or former state Rep. Connie Pillich on the Democratic side, they all are talking about jobs, taxes and Ohio’s opioid crisis.
Some readers on our Ohio Politics Facebook page told us what issues they care about:
Lee Parks: 1. Affordable healthcare for older adults not yet eligible for Medicare, not offered by their employer. 2. Balance the budget without robbing peter to pay paul. 3. Initiate work for welfare for all a abled bodied individuals which means create and attract more jobs to Ohio, no welfare for illegals.
Rita C. Demko: Education quality, ACA, Vocational training with apprenticeship/ internship.
Matthew M. Leclaire:1. Single payer healthcare 2. Tax reform to undo Kasich’s regressive sales tax approach 3. Increase education spending.