WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) – Ohio Governor John Kasich delivered his final State of the State address Tuesday night in Westerville, a suburb of Columbus. He closed by saying, “I’ve done my best.”
Kasich spoke about achievements made over his eight-year tenure, but the entire first half focused on the philosophical. He didn’t talk about policy for the first 35 minutes of the speech, instead focusing on his faith and values like love, compassion and responsibility.
“We’re all in search of justice all the time and sometimes here we find it, but I believe we will find perfect justice on the other side of the grave,” he said.
Later in the speech, he spoke about achievements from healthcare and prison reform to tackling human trafficking and Ohio’s opioid crisis.
“I believe because we have been faithful to practicing these values that I have talked about earlier, I believe the state of Ohio is stronger today than it’s been in a generation. We are proud to be Ohioans, we are more hopeful, we are more united and we have set a course for others to follow. Ohio is back and Ohio is strong again ladies and gentlemen.”
Governor Kasich spoke at length about mass shootings but shied away from talking about gun reform. He closed by saying there is still more work to be done.
“The race isn’t over for us. We can’t even see the finish line, it’s so far in the future,” he said. “Together we have a world to change.”