Democrats, protesters dim Kasich’s spotlight

Ohio Governor John Kasich takes the stage

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Democrats across Trumbull County reacted to Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s announcement on Tuesday that he is running for president.

After Kasich officially entered the pool of Republican Presidential hopefuls, Trumbull County Democrats spoke out about what they think of his bid for the White House.

“I think he is going to fit in nicely with his Republican nominee circus. That is what it has turned out to be. I think that is what it is and I think he fits in well there,” Trumbull County Democratic Party Committeeman Vince Flask said.

“I think it is great that Ohio has a governor that is running for president, but we are still going to support a Democratic candidate,” Curt Logan of the Trumbull County Young Democrats said.

“After the last number of years of his leadership with the state of Ohio, I am a little concerned that if he thinks he is able to lead the United States the same way that he did Ohio we have some major issues,” Ben Kyle of the Trumbull County Young Democrats said.

Trumbull County Commissioner Chairman Dan Polivka said his main concern is roads not getting paved and the pinch felt by local governments because of budget cuts. It was a sentiment shard by other Democrats too.

“His policies at the state level has continued to hurt cities statewide and I can’t imagine having him as a president doing the same thing across the country,” Flask said.

In addition to local detractors, some protesters also headed to Columbus on Tuesday to voice their displeasure with Kasich. One woman who is staunchly against Kasich’s plan to appoint a CEO to take over school districts in academic distress, like Youngstown City Schools, spoke to our crew.

“It would call for the takeover of any school that is in academic distress by a state-appointed CEO. That will be the end, in my opinion, of public schools as we know them,” Mandy Jablonski of Elyria said.

The planned closing of the Youngstown Developmental Center is another move by Kasich that brought plenty of public ire. Several local YDC supporters were in Columbus voicing their displeasure as well.

“Governor Kasich is turning his back on the most vulnerable people we have in America right now, the individuals with disabilities. What we need to do is keep these two developmental centers open,” YDC employee Dewayne Shealey said.

Kasich vetoed a plan that would have created a board to oversee any closures of developmental centers in the state.

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