HANOVERTON, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor returned to a familiar campaign stop on Tuesday.
The Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton is the same place the pair stumped in 2010, when they were first elected. And with 41 days left until Election Day, Kasich is crisscrossing the Buckeye State, reminding voters of his accomplishments during his first four years in office, and why it’s important to get out and vote Nov. 4 even though he appears to have a comfortable lead in the polls over Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald.
And although Kasich said there still is work to do, he was quick to point out that 250,000 jobs have been created since he took office Jan. 1, 2011, and his administration erased an $8 billion budget deficit, without raising taxes.
“When the money is in your pocket, and not the government’s pocket, that means we can run things from the bottom up, not from the top down. I am a believer in bottom up, not top down,” Kasich said during his approximate 20-minute speech.
He said continued job growth starts with training people for real jobs that are available right now.
There soon will be a website where folks can find salary and education requirements for in-demand industries. He also said students should be thinking and learning about career paths at an earlier age.
“If you can get kids excited about what they want to be, then education becomes easy,” Kasich said.
“I liked his idea of helping kids start early to figure out what they want to do. A lot of times, teenagers get to be 18, ‘oh, I am going to college, I don’t know what I am going to do’,” Roanna Thawley of Salem said.
Kasich told the crowd of almost 100 to get out and vote Nov. 4, and send a strong message to the rest of the state and the nation.
“We get out and vote for him, well then we are going to vote to the rest of the ticket,” Loran Brooks of Salem said.
Columbiana County Republican Party Chairman Dave Johnson said he believes Kasich and Taylor will win.
“A Republican that runs a good campaign in Columbiana County can win, does not mean they are going to win every time, there are good Democrats in this county, but it is a healthy two-party system,” Johnson said.
Kasich said as Ohio goes, so goes the rest of the country.
“The better we do, the better everyone does and the better message we send to the country. Ohio rises and that is what we are all in for, and as we rise, we help fix the country,” Kasich said.
Kasich never mentioned his opponent, Ed FitzGerald, during his 20-minute speech. He recently decided not to debate FitzGerald in the days and weeks leading up to the election. It’s the first time in about 30 years Ohioans will not see a debate between the candidates for governor.