Lt. Gov. Taylor announces run for governor, says Ohio can be greater

The 51-year-old Taylor is the final high-profile Republican to join the race to succeed Kasich

Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor speaks before a gathering of Republicans at the City Club of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday, July 7, 2017. Taylor announced her entry into Ohio's crowded 2018 gubernatorial race Friday with the promised backing of GOP Gov. John Kasich.
Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor speaks before a gathering of Republicans at the City Club of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday, July 7, 2017. Taylor announced her entry into Ohio's crowded 2018 gubernatorial race Friday with the promised backing of GOP Gov. John Kasich. (AP photo/Dake Kang)

CLEVELAND (AP/WKBN) – Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor has entered the 2018 gubernatorial race and says the great state of Ohio can be greater.

Taylor made the move official Friday at the City Club of Cleveland.

Taylor enters the crowded Republican field with the promised backing of GOP Gov. John Kasich. The 51-year-old Taylor is the final high-profile Republican expected to join the race to succeed Kasich, who is term-limited. The other three are Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth.

Taylor revisited what she said were the Kasich administration’s key accomplishments, including righting the economy, reducing regulations, fighting opioid addiction and cutting taxes. She says there’s more to do.

Taylor spoke to WKBN after her announcement, saying she will bring change to the position.

“I am the only one in this race with a track record of shaking things up and challenging the status quo, and I will continue to do that as we take on some of the stubborn problems Ohio has faced for too many years,” she said.

Taylor said she wants to fight against multi-generational poverty and believes all Ohioans should be able to get a quality education, no matter which part of the state they live in.

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