MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) — It was a packed house at the Fuyao Glass America plant in Moraine Friday night with many undecided voters wanting to hear what Governor John Kasich had to say as he hit the campaign trail in his home state.
Cheers erupted as Kasich took the stage and took question after question. Kasich was grilled by undecided voters on everything from education to military.
Some wanted to know how the presidential hopeful would handle the special needs population. Marti Doub’s son has a severe form of autism. He lives at the Montgomery County Developmental Center, which is in danger of closing.
“He said that he wanted to be very careful about pushing everyone into the community real fast. The way you’re careful is allow a closure commission,” said Doub.
Carolyn Alexander had a similar concern; her sister’s child has special needs.
“He’s been trying to close these houses where these special needs adults live,” stated Alexander.
But Kasich addressed the issue stating, “They’re a population that people find it easy to ignore. We don’t ignore anybody.”
Vowing to help both women, Kasich took their names and numbers.
“I was really pleased with his reaction to that,” said Alexander.
“I like Governor Kasich. I think he’s very gifted at the budget and all that,” said Doub.
On the issue of jobs, Kasich told a story how his father was a mailman and grew up in a blue collar family. He touted his work on job creation in the very building that was empty just one year ago.
“Now we have more than one thousand people working in this plant,” said Kasich.
The message struck a chord with Fuyao workers like Justin Curry who stayed for Kasich’s speech after his shift.
“I left both of my jobs to come here and everything, and it’s an awesome experience,” said Curry. “What he brought to Dayton, what he started, like it’s awesome. He’s got my vote.”
The town hall wrapped up a little after 6:30 p.m.