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2018 Gubernatorial Candidates Forum

The 2018 Gubernatorial Candidates Forum was held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at the Hilton Downtown Columbus, and hosted by the Ohio Association of Regional Councils. Approximately 285 attendees heard the gubernatorial candidates, Richard Cordray and Attorney General Mike DeWine, present their views on a variety of topics. In addition, each answered questions related to their individual approaches to statewide economic development, education and job readiness, funding transportation infrastructure needs, and  environmental concerns. The 2018 Ohio gubernatorial election will take place on November 6, 2018.

Some coverage of the successful event follows.








Columbus Dispatch

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Channel 10 in Columbus

Candidates for Ohio governor square off at same event

Speaking before the Ohio Association of Regional Councils Tuesday, which serves more than 1,500 local governments, Democrat Richard Cordray, and Attorney General Mike DeWine found themselves at odds with each other on a variety of topics.

While the two never shared the same stage; they answered similar questions.

WOSU radio

DeWine And Cordray Differ On Plans To Fund Infrastructure

Ohio's candidates for governor appear to have different approaches on how they’d pay for infrastructure, as construction costs rise and gas tax revenue declines.

Republican candidate Mike DeWine told a group of agencies that work with local communities that he’d appoint a blue ribbon task force to study how to best pay for infrastructure fixes, saying that panel would need to make recommendations quickly. And DeWine says if a tax hike is suggested, he’d be open to a candid conversation on that.

Democratic candidate Richard Cordray has a different idea.

The Hannah Report

DeWine Lays out Gubernatorial Platform to Regional Councils

Republican gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Mike DeWine told a packed room Tuesday morning that, while he is not an expert in all areas of public policy, his administration will rely on the state's thought leaders to tackle persistent challenges ranging from transportation infrastructure to Lake Erie water quality to the opioid crisis if he is elected.

Followed by Democratic opponent Richard Cordray Tuesday afternoon (see separate story, this issue), DeWine addressed a "meet the candidates" forum hosted by the Ohio Association of Regional Councils (OARC) in downtown Columbus. The attorney general and former U.S. senator answered a series of questions on his campaign platform that also covered issues such as workforce development, job creation and PK-20 education.

Gongwer (subscription)

Gubernatorial Hopefuls Address Infrastructure, Transportation Plans

Both Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray on Tuesday promised if elected governor to empowerlocal communities to help guide their administration's approach to infrastructure, workforce development and other pressing local issues.

Their remarks were delivered at a downtown Columbus hotel and directed at attendees of an Ohio Association of Regional Councils conference. There the pair addressed the audience in separate Q&A sessions on how they'd grapple with aging roads and bridges, inadequate mass transit and other challenges.

Government Technology

Ohio Gubernatorial Candidates Say Voters Should Decide on Broadband, Infrastructure Spending

From spending on the state's crumbling infrastructure to expanding rural Internet access, both Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine say they would pass the decisions to citizens.