DAYTON, OH (WTOL) - In the Ohio political world, two opponents for Ohio Governor are now teaming up.
Republican competitors Mike DeWine and Jon Husted are forming a unity ticket, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Ohio's Attorney General will top the ticket as governor and Secretary of State Husted will run as lieutenant governor.
The announcement came on Thursday at events in Dayton and Columbus.
Husted released this statement Thursday morning:
At the top of their list for improving Ohio sits improving the education of opioid addiction.
The duo says the fight against drugs starts with educating children.
"We are going to do it in every single grade, K through 12. We will teach them how to live a healthy lifestyle free from addiction," DeWine said.
He says he plans to ask the state for more money to fight the epidemic.
The pair will have Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and U.S. Representative Jim Renacci as their two main contenders in the primary.
Taylor has also scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon to make a major announcement on her campaign.
It's more crowded on the Democrat side.
The five confirmed candidates are Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, former U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, State Senator Joseph Schiavoni, former State Representative Connie Pillich and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.
It is also expected that head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and former Ohio Attorney General treasurer Richard Cordray will join the race.