breaking news

‘There’s blood everywhere’: Ohio teen accused of premeditated murder of 11-year-old brother

Health care, jobs, opioid crisis: What issues do you want next governor to tackle?


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.”

RELATED: Mike DeWine announces run for governor

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.

What issues do you want the next governor to focus on? Speak out on our Ohio Politics Facebook page.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Politics

Bill could cut defense jobs around Ohio; not Wright-Patt, Turner says
Bill could cut defense jobs around Ohio; not Wright-Patt, Turner says

Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said Wednesday a House Republican measure that could threaten civilian defense jobs in other parts of the state won’t impact Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. “None of the agencies impacted” are headquartered at the state’s largest single-site employer, Turner said. Central Ohio civic and business...
Trump’s next move on immigration?
Trump’s next move on immigration?

Two back-to-back court developments this week indicate a possible road map for President Donald Trump through the minefield of legal resistance he has faced as judges across the country have blocked much of his hard-line immigration agenda.  On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled in favor of an Obama-era immigration program but offered Trump the chance...
For the poor, the old and disabled, government proposes a rent increase
For the poor, the old and disabled, government proposes a rent increase

The Trump administration has proposed legislation that could triple rents on the poorest tenants in federally subsidized housing as part of a push to redefine housing assistance as a temporary benefit instead of the permanent source of shelter it has become for millions of poor people.  The legislation, spurred by Trump’s conservative budget...
Trump hires defense lawyers from tiny Florida firm for Russia probe
Trump hires defense lawyers from tiny Florida firm for Russia probe

President Donald Trump's effort to hire new defense lawyers in the Russia investigation had faltered badly when he met at Mar-a-Lago this month with Jane and Martin Raskin, a husband and wife who practice law together in a Miami suburb.  Trump had little time. One of his top lawyers, John Dowd, had resigned over disagreements with his client,...
Sessions: Trump has ‘constitutional power’ to pardon
Sessions: Trump has ‘constitutional power’ to pardon

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a Senate panel Wednesday that he believes President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to pardon anyone and does not need to confer with the Justice Department, which traditionally has assisted presidents in such decisions.  The president "clearly has the constitutional power to execute pardons"...
More Stories