Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor to officially kick off campaign for Ohio governor

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Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor to officially kick off campaign for Ohio governor

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In a Tuesday, June 28, 2016 file photo, Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor speaks during a celebration for the renaming of Port Columbus International Airport to John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. Taylor revealed Thursday, June 1, 2017, that her two sons, Joe, 26, and Michael, 23, have struggled with opioid addiction, adding her family to the thousands known to be affected by the nation’s prescription painkiller and heroin epidemic. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Republican Mary Taylor, who is running for Ohio governor, will detail her plans for where she wants to take the state in a major speech Friday before the City Club of Cleveland.

Taylor, 51, who has served as John Kasich’s lieutenant governor since 2011, is expected to lay out her plans for job creation, cutting government red tape, improving education and strengthening families, her campaign announcement said.

Taylor did a soft launch of her gubernatorial campaign months ago when she filed required paperwork.

Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, are also seeking the GOP nomination for governor in 2018.

Kasich is backing Taylor to replace him.

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor talks about some of the issues in the 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race. Michael D. Pitman

On the Democratic side the declared candidates are: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman, former state representative Connie Pillich of Cincinnati and former U.S. representative Betty Sutton of Akron.

Taylor, a certified public accountant, is a former two-term state lawmaker and state auditor. She stepped down as state insurance director earlier this year.

In an exclusive interview with this newspaper, Taylor publicly opened up about how both of her sons struggle with opiate addiction.

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