YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – One of the candidates running for Ohio governor next year believes that his record in office proves he’s the best to lead the state.
Wednesday morning, Secretary of State Jon Husted visited WKBN to talk about his campaign. He’s currently one of only two announced candidates for next year’s Republican primary for governor.
Husted said his focus will be job growth and creation, and education.
“We got to get the federal government out of the way…The federal government causes more problems for us than they solve in many cases and we need Ohio solutions for Ohio problems. And if we can get the freedom to do that, I think we can do much better for the state.”
He said his office, which oversees elections in the state and registers businesses in Ohio, no longer relies on tax dollars to function.
“We were funded through fees and through taxes. We cut fees by 21 percent so the businesses would save money and we no longer need any tax dollars to run my office. I believe it’s unprecedented in Ohio history,” Husted said.
Currently, he and Congressman Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, are the only GOP candidates who have filed to run.
Husted spent eight years in the Ohio House, including four years as Speaker and two more years in the state Senate, before being elected Secretary of State.
Wednesday afternoon, Husted took a tour of the Mahoning County Board of Elections to see some of the new equipment in the office.