“Mike DeWine and Jon Husted have been running this state for too long and it’s all wrong and I am person who is tested and vetted and tried,” Sutton said.
DeWine and Husted represent tired leadership, Whaley said. “I think what the state is looking for is a new kind of leadership, a leadership that comes from the ground, that is about executive experience and really knows what’s going on in their communities,” she said. “Those guys, they’d rather take the word of a lobbyist that listen to someone on the street.”
The candidates agreed that the opiate addiction crisis requires a comprehensive approach, public transit deserves more funding and local governments need more state funds.
The event on Monday was the third forum held by the Ohio Democratic Party to promote Democrats vying to lead the ticket in 2018. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, who announce he is running for governor and recently stated on his Facebook page that he has slept with 50 women over the years, did not participate in the event.
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Cordray, by far has the most statewide experience, running for statewide office five times and winning twice. And his ties to former President Obama and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who helped establish the consumer bureau, could help him raise some $20 million needed to run a credible gubernatorial campaign.
Cordray won elections to serve as state treasurer and attorney general. He was a five-time Jeopardy! champion, an intern for John Glenn, a law clerk for Judge Robert Bork and U.S. Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy, an Ohio State University law school professor, a state representative and Ohio Solicitor General.