Mike DeWine for Ohio Governor: Endorsement Editorial
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine wants Ohioans to give him a second term as state chief executive, a goal that former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a Democrat, is challenging. Our Editorial Board has often disagreed with DeWine, but his wise stewardship of the state’s economy, his exceptionally strong record on economic development, and his responsible stewardship of Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic deserve his re-election.
In a state whose legislature has a GOP supermajority, DeWine, 75, hasn’t always threaded that needle the right way, but he’s picked his battles wisely, improving Ohio’s economy and prospects in road course.
Bond rating agency Fitch has assigned Ohio a AAA issuer default and general obligation rating, the highest rating for the state since 1979. The better a state’s credit rating , the lower the cost of borrowing. At the same time, DeWine oversaw two bipartisan budgets, as many General Assembly Democrats joined the Republican majority in the Legislature in voting “yes” on the 2019-20 and 2021-22 state operating budgets. by DeWine.
DeWine’s administration, with the help of the quasi-private JobsOhio, has also had tremendous economic development successes. He landed the multi-billion dollar investment in the Intel Corp chip factory. for the Columbus area; a huge Honda expansion in west-central Ohio; and a $1.5 billion investment by Ford Motor Co. in Avon Lake, to name a few. DeWine told our Editorial Board that he also played a personal role in securing state incentives to help maintain Sherwin-Williams Co.’s headquarters in Cleveland.
DeWine’s political pedigree is long and impressive: he served as a Greene County prosecutor; as a state senator; as a representative of the United States; as Lieutenant Governor; as a U.S. Senator; as Attorney General of Ohio; and, as of 2019, as Governor of Ohio. Few Ohio governors have been as experienced as DeWine. And throughout those years, while our Editorial Board has often vehemently disagreed with his actions, including his repeated signing of extremist gun legislation, DeWine has also shown the times of policy flexibility and concern for the welfare of average Ohioans, with an unwavering commitment to quality from the start. – early childhood education.
Whaley, 46, of Dayton, was the youngest woman ever elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, serving on the commission for eight years and then as mayor of Dayton for another eight, until the start of This year. From 2021 to 2022, she led the American Conference of Mayors.
Whaley stresses Ohio’s need to do more to retain and attract young professionals and highly skilled workers, arguing that the state under DeWine has continued to “fall further and further behind when we compare ourselves to others.” other States”. She also criticizes the political corruption exposed by the House Bill 6/FirstEnergy scandal that led to the 2020 bribery and federal bribery indictments of five Statehouse figures, including the Speaker of the House of State. At the time, Larry Householder, a Republican, who pleaded not guilty and should be considered innocent unless proven guilty.
As part of the HB 6 scandal, Sam Randazzo, appointed by DeWine to chair the Ohio Public Utilities Commission, resigned, and FirstEnergy admitted in later federal filings that Randazzo had been bribed. DeWine said he was not aware of any bribes; no charges were filed against Randazzo or DeWine.
We agree with Whaley that PUCO’s reforms are essential, including in how its president is appointed — something the legislature needs to fix.
A particularly striking difference between Whaley and DeWine concerns abortion. Whaley supports the old Roe standard v. Wade, which allowed abortions up to the 24th week of pregnancy, when a fetus was considered capable of surviving outside the womb.
In June, the United States Supreme Court, in the Dobbs decision, overturned Roe and gave states the right to limit abortion as they wish. A judge quickly cleared Ohio’s so-called Heartbeat Law, which DeWine signed three months into office, banning abortions after about six weeks, with no exceptions for rape. or incest.
Shortly after, a 10-year-old child from Ohio who was pregnant with a rapist traveled to Indiana to have an abortion in that state because it was unclear whether the heartbeat law allegedly allowed a doctor to terminate her pregnancy in Ohio.
DeWine told us, “I think that 10-year-old girl could have had an abortion in Ohio.” Whaley disagrees: “I’ve had countless roundtables across this state with doctors and medical students, and none of them, none of them, with the law that you have proposed and signed, no one would say they would do this, because that’s why they’d cross state lines.
More abortion restrictions are likely to come. In its post-election “lame duck” session, the Ohio legislature is expected to propose even stricter abortion limits. DeWine dodged when asked if he would sign a bill banning abortion altogether in Ohio.
On guns, after nine people were killed in 2019 in a mass shooting in Oregon’s Dayton district, DeWine tried, but failed, to secure a legislature under the The gun lobby’s sway to pass a modest but desperately needed gun safety package – a failure that drew sharp criticism from Whaley.
To his credit, DeWine continued to press elements of this package, but he also enacted much more extreme firearms measures, including one eliminating the concealed carry license and training requirements, and another which allows teachers to be armed with as little as 24 hours of training.
Are we different from DeWine on any number of these issues, including gun laws? Clearly, yes. Do we believe that DeWine should be much tougher with Republicans in the General Assembly? Also, yes.
But when a state’s voters choose a governor, they hire a director. Utility regulation aside, DeWine and his appointees have been good managers — and energetic scouts for new jobs for Ohioans. Voters should re-elect Mike DeWine as governor of Ohio. Early voting in the November 8 election has begun.
On October 27, as part of its approval process, the editorial board of The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com interviewed the two main-party candidates vying for the governorship of Ohio – incumbent Mike DeWine and challenger Nan Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton. Watch the video of this interview below:
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