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.
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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.