ROCKSPRINGS — “You get what you have the courage to seek.”
That statement was part of the speech delivered by Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor during Thursday evening’s Meigs County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner. Taylor, who has announced her intentions to run for governor in 2018, spoke of going against the status quo and working to overcoming challenges.
Taylor, 51, was sworn in as Ohio’s 65th Lieutenant Governor on Jan. 10, 2011, the same day Governor John R. Kasich named her to lead CSI Ohio, the “Common Sense Initiative” to reform Ohio’s regulatory policies, as well as to serve as the director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. Taylor has also served as a State Representative and the State Auditor.
Taylor noted that conservative reform is happening now, with voters showing that they were “fed up” with the status quo.
Taylor, who worked in public accounting before running for state representative, said that she decided to run for public office because in order to fight for what you believe in you have to get involved.
When running for statewide office for the first time, Taylor said she was told she had no shot, but thought “what’s one more fight.” Taylor, running for state auditor at the time, was the only republican to win statewide in 2006.
Taylor spoke of the “Common Sense Initiative” which she heads in the state of Ohio, noting the steps that have been taken to reduce restrictions on business and improve industry in Ohio.
While Taylor said there have been steps taken in the right direction, there is “always more work to do to make sure everyone succeeds.”
Part of that starts with education. Taylor acknowledged that there is more than one pathway for kids to achieve success, and that they should be able to take whichever path they choose. In order to do that, officials need to make sure kids have the education and training to live the life they want, said Taylor.
“Ohio is a place where the only limit you have is what you place on yourself,” said Taylor.
“We all have a limited time on this earth, make it count,” concluded Taylor.
Meigs High School student Cole Durst was recognized during the event for the highest score on the American Government test given by the Ohio American Legion each year. Durst was presented with proclamations and commendations from Meigs County officials, State Rep. Jay Edwards, Taylor, and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (presented by Julie Stephens).
Current Meigs County Republican Party Chairman Bill Spaun recognized past chairmen who were in attendance for the dinner, as well as several local high school students who were in attendance. Around a dozen Ohio University students were also recognized for their attendance.