Husted lines up endorsements from county party officials

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced a slew of endorsements from county Republican Party leaders in his bid for Ohio governor.

“This is an early showing of support from leadership,” said Josh Eck, spokesman for Husted’s campaign.

Thirty-five party chairs and vice chairs endorsed Husted, who is among at least four Republicans and four Democrats running for governor in the 2018 election.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has said he is running but hasn’t made his formal announcement. Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth have both announced they are running.

On the Democratic side, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former State Rep. Connie Pillich of Cincinnati, State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of Copely are all running.

Husted’s latest endorsements come from Republican Party officials in 29 counties. They include eight from Dayton region counties, including Montgomery County Republican Party Vice Chair Tanya Renicker and Deputy Chair Sharon Lowry; Butler County Chair Todd Hall; Champaign County Party Chair Audra Bean, Clark County Executive Committee Chair Lynda Smith; Preble County Party Executive Committee Chair David Haber and Central Committee Chair Stephanie Garrett; and Warren County Party Vice Chair Julie Byrne.

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The Williams County Republican Party is the only one to have endorsed in the race and it has endorsed Husted, Eck said.

“The party executives endorsing the Husted for Governor campaign today do so in their personal capacity and their endorsement does not represent support from their full county parties at this time,” according to the Husted campaign news release.

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