Lt. Gov. Taylor to run for governor

Published 10:06 am Friday, February 24, 2017

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor has taken the first steps towards running for governor.

On Thursday, she announced she had formally filed to run for governor and designated a treasurer for a committee called Mary Taylor for Governor. That designation allows Taylor to officially begin campaigning although an official announcement that she’s running for governor will probably come later this year.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich can’t run again for governor since Ohio law limits him to no more than two terms in that office. The election for governor is Nov. 6, 2018.

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“I care deeply about our state, our people, and the future we can build by working together,” Taylor said in a statement. “We turned Ohio in a new direction and we’ve seen what’s possible in our communities when we rein in government, put people first, and ensure everyone has a fair shot at the American Dream.”

She said her priorities are jobs, strengthening families, fixing education and cutting red tape so government is accountable.

“I want the job of serving Ohioans as our next governor and this is an important step forward,” Taylor said.

Taylor also stepped down as the honorary chair of Onward Ohio, a public action committee she helped organize. The PAC supports “commonsense, conservative policies that promote stronger families, stronger communities and a stronger Ohio.”

Taylor has been in various Ohio offices for 14 years. In 2003, she was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives from the 43rd District. In 2007, she was elected to be the Auditor of Ohio. In 2011, she became Kasich’s lieutenant governor and she was appointed to be the director of Ohio Department of Insurance.

With Ohio’s top slot open, there are expected to be quite a few people running for the position. On the GOP side, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted have indicated they may run. DeWine was the state’s lieutenant governor from 1991-1994 under Gov. George Voinovich and a U.S. senator from 195-2007. Husted was an Ohio Representative from 2000-2008 and an Ohio senator from 2008-2010.

Among the bigger names floated on the Democrat side include former Ohio Treasurer and Attorney General Richard Cordray, who is currently the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan who told the Associated Press he will make a decision soon; and TV talk show host and former Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer.