Ohio’s Secretary of State vying for the governor’s seat in 2018 –
By Patricia Beech –
Ohio’s Secretary of State Jon Husted was on the campaign trail in Peebles on Thursday, Jan. 26, lining up support for his 2018 run for the Ohio governor’s office.
Husted is one of three key Republican candidates jockeying for the Governor’s seat in the upcoming gubernatorial primary. Voters next year will choose between Secretary Husted, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor.
Local Republican party members attended a campaign luncheon for candidate Husted, hosted by the Jack McCoy family at the McCoy Lumber Wood Depot in Peebles.
“Secretary Husted is focused on making positive changes in our state,” said McCoy. “I think it speaks well of him that he visits rural areas, that he gets out to meet the people and listens to our concerns. I think it would benefit everyone throughout the state to have him as a governor.”
Husted, named as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Rising Stars” by the Washington Post blog, “The Fix”, has experienced an almost meteoric rise through the halls of Ohio state government.
Elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2000, he rose to the position of Speaker of the Ohio House in 2004 where he served two terms before winning a seat in the Ohio Senate. His senatorial advocacy for reforming how legislative and congressional districts were drawn was a cause he continued to champion when elected in 2010 as Ohio’s 53rd Secretary of State.
“He has a proven track record and a broad base of experience,” said McCoy. “He’s able to connect the dots and get things done, and he’s consistently reduced costs in the offices he’s held without cutting services that are beneficial.”
During his two terms as Speaker of the Ohio House, Husted earned a reputation for doing more with less. He was instrumental in passing the most fiscally-conservative budget in 40 years which included the reform of the state tax code and the largest income tax cut in Ohio history. He’s also credited with saving Ohio taxpayers $2.5 million in spending during the 2012 presidential election and reducing the size of his own staff by 25 percent.
Husted has also won praise for bolstering Ohioans ability to create jobs by providing an online business filing system to make is easier to start a new business. It now takes less than 48 hours to start a business or submit a filing electronically, and one in five new businesses in Ohio are now created online.
Husted’s office has also used technology to create more access and security for Ohio voters by launching an online change of address system allowing voters to update their information electronically. In addition, he launched the Military-Ready-to-Vote program in 2011 to facilitate service members ability to vote. His efforts were recently recognized by the Association of the United States Army, and Ohio was deemed an All-Star State by the Military Voter Protection Project. His office has removed 300,000 deceased voters from Ohio’s voter rolls in addition to resolving hundreds of thousands of duplicate registrations. By partnering with the Ohio BMV, he insured that non-citizens registered on state rolls could be identified.