Meet the candidates: Governor’s race


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Cordray

Cordray


DeWine


Editor’s Note: As we approach the November General Election, Ohio Valley Publishing will be running articles allowing the candidates in contested races to introduce themselves and tell the voters why they are running for office. Each candidate is asked, in their own words, to respond to two questions — tell us about yourself and why are you running for this office.

OHIO VALLEY — Voters will be deciding their next governor as Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine square off in a closely-watched race.

Candidates, along with their responses submitted exclusively to Ohio Valley Publishing, are listed below, appearing in alphabetical order.

Richard Cordray

Tell us about yourself:

I am a lifelong-Ohioan, currently living in Grove City where I have lived for 23 years with my wife, Peggy, and our two children. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, where I served as Editor of the Law Review, I clerked for two U.S. Supreme Court Justices: Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. I received my undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and was awarded a Master’s degree from Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship from the British government.

My experiences at the CFPB, as Ohio Attorney General, and Ohio Treasurer, have led me to understand what it means to push through the bureaucracy of government to get things done. I am proud to have helped change many lives for the better and to have received the endorsements of various outlets such as The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Columbus Dispatch, Athens News, Crain’s Cleveland Business, the Akron Beacon Journal, and Elyria Chronicle Telegram and advocacy groups such as The Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio Education Association, labor unions, and doctors’ organizations across the state. I now look forward to the challenge of serving as the next Governor of Ohio and putting the force of state government to work for the people of this state. I will continue to bring that same steady and effective leadership as Ohio’s Governor and I will continue to fight to put money back in the pockets of middle class Ohioans.

Why did you decide to run for this office:

My parents are the reason I entered public service. The work they did – helping vulnerable adults and children feel loved and supported – was an example of true public service at its finest. They taught me the value of work that seeks to improve the lives of others. That’s why I’ve dedicated my life to standing up for working families. I believe people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, but too often they are left out and left behind. I am running for Governor to change the system and make it work for Ohio’s families.

This November, Ohioans have a choice. We can vote for government to continue serving special interests and tolerating corruption on Capitol Square, or we can start standing up for workers. We can strip health care from 700,000 people and increase premiums or retain the Medicaid expansion and lower all of our health care costs. We can vote for tax cuts to big corporations and the wealthiest Ohioans or we can invest in our workers. From my time in the Ohio House of Representatives through the CFPB, I have always fought for workers and for the middle class. I have never been afraid to take on powerful companies, special interests, or anyone trying to cheat Ohioans out of their hard-earned money.

As Governor, I will stand up for all Ohioans who just want a better future. Because if you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve the chance to build a better life for you and your family.

Mike DeWine

Tell us about yourself:

I was raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and met my wife, FrancesStruewing, in the first grade. We got married between our sophomore and junior years at Miami University and have been blessed with eight children and 23 grandchildren (and another grandbaby on the way)! Family is at the core of everything we do, and that’s why I have spent my career fighting to protect Ohio’s families. When families are strong, our communities are stronger and our future is brighter.

My family started a seed company in Yellow Springs. Working alongside my parents and grandparents, I learned early the value of hard work, strong leadership, and fiscal responsibility. The values I learned from them still live within me today.

Each day, my office deals with some of the largest barriers our state is facing: drugs, crime, and kids who are growing up in fragmented families. When I discovered that many law enforcement agencies in the state were in possession of rape kits that had never been sent to a DNA lab for testing, I hired ten additional forensic scientists to test these kits as quickly as possible. Since then, we have tested almost 14,000 rape kits,linking DNA to offenders and crimes, prosecuting at least 300 serial rapists, and giving justice to victims.

I have served as Greene County Prosecuting Attorney, in the Ohio State Senate, in the United States House of Representatives, as Ohio Lieutenant Governor, and in the United States Senate.

Why did you decide to run for this office:

I am running for Governor to move Ohio forward. I want for everyone in our state what Fran and I want for our own family, and that is to leave a stronger Ohio to our kids and our grandkids. We want our next generation to have better opportunities and better lives than the generations before them.

Eight years ago, we didn’t have enough jobs for the people who needed them. Today, our challenge is different — we have to find workers with the skills to fill all the jobs that have been created. We need to focus on vocational training to help people find good careers, and we have to ensure that every student graduates from high school either college-ready or on a pathway to a good career and a well-paying job.

We also have a drug problem that is taking lives in our state every day. I have a 12-point action plan to tackle this crisis on day-one of my administration.

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DeWine
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