HANOVERTON, Ohio (WYTV) – A number of Republican candidates are taking a bus tour around northeast Ohio, hoping to spread their message ahead of the November election.
We are continuing to follow the 2018 campaign. First news is your election headquarters. We reached out to the Ohio Democratic party Friday.
A representative we spoke with says candidates weren’t out and about Friday. They are getting ready for former Vice President Joe Biden to come to town. He will be at YSU on Monday.
Candidates running for Ohio’s highest offices pushed their platforms in Columbiana County. They met with voters outside the spread eagle tavern in Hanoverton. One of the big issues, jobs.
Keith Faber, for auditor of state, said, “it is our moral responsibility to do the same for our kids and grandkids. And the Democrats, their idea is to take us back to the past. Back to the past where we lost jobs and Ohioans questioned their future.”
Candidates talked about the progress they say they are seeing in the Mahoning Valley.
“I am proud of the fact that we’re growing new jobs here in the valley, that steel jobs are coming back, that we’re doing things with the president that is making America, and frankly Ohio, work again,” Faber said.
Another big issue, Ohio’s drug epidemic and issue one.
“I understand the importance of drug courts and the administration of justice. Issue one will negatively impact the administration of justice in this state,” said Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Mary Degenaro.
She says Ohio is operating under a successful drug court system.
“Our courts in Ohio are giving those struggling with addiction a pathway back to their lives,” Degenaro said.
“State issue one will mean more fentanyl in Ohio, there will be more fentanyl dealers,” said Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine, who is running for governor of Ohio.
He believes part of the solution is education, starting as early as kindergarten.
“We’ve got to help them kind of get to the starting line so they can, in fact, make it,” DeWine said.
DeWine is also bigger pushing for educational opportunities for all Ohioans. He emphasized the importance of career centers.
“We have some great career centers in the Mahoning Valley. We want to take them to the next level so that they’re literally the best in the world at preparing young people, and sometimes not-so-young people, for 21st-century jobs,” DeWine said.
Columbiana County was just one of many stops the GOP is making on its bus tour in northeast Ohio. Their goal Friday was to encourage people, no matter what side of the coin they’re on, to just get out and vote.