DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray sat down with 2 NEWS Wednesday to share his final thoughts on Ohio’s economy, Issue 1, and how to best unify the state.
Ohio has seen economic growth under Republican leadership for roughly the past eight years. We asked Cordray why he feels it is time for the state to switch parties, and how he would continue that growth.
He described Ohio’s progress over the past nine and a half years as “slow but steady,” and ultimately, “uneven.”
“There’s lots of people around the state who still feel left out, left behind. Their wages have been stagnant, costs continue to rise, their worried about their healthcare. That’s become a big issue in this race. I will protect peoples’ healthcare. I will bring costs down,” he said.
When asked how his planned policies would specifically impact citizens in the Miami Valley, he pointed toward supporting small businesses.
“My program is to support small and medium-sized businesses, they create two out of three new jobs in Ohio. Rebuild our infrastructure in this state, get money back from Columbus into our local communities,” he says. “Also, invest in our workforce and our working people so that they have the skills they need to fill the jobs available.”
Perhaps the most controversial that DeWine and Cordray differ on is that of Issue 1. Cordray is strongly in favor of it, saying that the current system is not effective.
“We need change. We can’t keep doubling down on a failed status-quo under Mike DeWine. We need to change to beat the opioid crisis once and for all in Ohio,” he says.
Cordray was also asked how he would help to unite all of Ohio if he were to be elected as Governor.
“I think what unites people is finding and working toward practical solutions that improve their lives. So protecting their healthcare, improving education and training for Ohioans so that we can compete in the workforce, spreading opportunity more fairly across this state so there’s not just a few privileged enclaves, but that everybody and everybody in the Miami Valley can benefit by it as well. That’s really important,” he said.