Gubernatorial candidates host business town hall in Dayton

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Both republican and democratic gubernatorial candidates, along with their running mates, participated in a town hall at the Dayton International Airport on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Each candidate touched on ways to improve the Miami Valley and assure there will be enough jobs and qualified candidates for those jobs in the future.

Republican candidates Mike Dewine and Lt. Governor candidate Jon Husted announced their plan that focuses on three areas: job training, streamlining regulations, and encouraging research and investment.

“We will provide industry certifications that workers can use to advance their careers by funding the completion of at least 10,000 in-demand industry certificates known as ‘nano’ or ‘micro’ degrees, each and every single year,” said Dewine.

“We want legislation that would give the governor the ability to suspend any regulation that stands in the way of job creation,” said Husted.

The democratic candidates, Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton, said one way they propose to increase the economy is a bond issue.

They suggested one larger than the most recently proposed issue for $1.8 billion, and said it would include more than just roads and bridges 

“We need broadband access which is still nonexistent in certain parts of Ohio, or too slow to be economically efficient in parts of the state,” said Richard Cordray. “And we need public transit.”

Cordray also said Ohio needs to be more progressive to attract businesses to locate here.

“You can marry now, but you can then be fired from your job or lose your housing or lose access to public accommodations the next day,” said Cordray. “This is the wrong path for Ohio and we need to change that.”

Both candidates said accessible, quality early education programs is another key factor to filling jobs.

“Starting at K and thinking only of K is actually a bit late,” said Cordray, and proposed funding universal Pre-K programs across the state.

Doug Barry, just one of dozens in attendance, said he appreciated their common ground on the importance of early childhood education.

“I think the focus from both of the candidates was really good from the standpoint ‘we’ve got to get involved with kids not just at the high school level but at the middle school level and we’ve got to get them engaged in preschool and elementary school,” said Barry.

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