Sec. of State Jon Husted joins 2018 race for governor

Sec. of State Jon Husted joins 2018 race for governor

(WTOL) - Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted wants to be the state's 70th Governor. And he's taking those hopes across the state.

Husted announced his run for Governor with a video released on Sunday.

Monday night, he will speak at the Williams County Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner in his hometown of Montpelier. But before that, Husted met with business leaders in Findlay.

He followed that up by meeting with Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik at a roundtable with local business leaders and he's not shying away from a tough GOP field of challengers.

Husted said tough decisions as Secretary of State, like clearing up controversies in the Lucas County Board of Elections, have prepared him to lead the entire state. He also said he will have a real plan for better paying jobs and improving the state's finances.

"But in running my office, we've become so efficient while state spending went up 17 percent, we cut spending 16 percent. I reduced the size of my staff by one third," Husted said.

But in next May's primary, he could face Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Attorney General Mike DeWine, who is expected to announce he's running.

The Wood County Republican party won't endorse anyone for the primary, but chairman Jon Jakubowski said he likes the choices.

"It's very exciting to have such a wide diversity of such excellent candidates for the Republican voters to look at the qualifications of each of these candidates and determine who will be the best next Governor of the state of Ohio."

Mary Taylor's campaign consultant, Todd Olsen, said in a statement:

"It's good to have competition. Decisions about the future of Ohio should be made by the voters, not in backrooms. The Lt. Governor welcomes the competition and the test of ideas and resolve to get results for taxpayers and jobs for Ohioans."

Husted's busy week across the state continues Tuesday with a meet and greet in Cleveland and then he will speak to a women's club in Licking County.

Meanwhile, four Democrats have announced they're running. They are Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, Sen. Joe Schiavoni, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, and former state Rep. Connie Pillich.

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