Attorney General Mike DeWine and his wife, Fran, accompanied by their 8-year-old grandson, Parker, voted Tuesday morning at Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville. DeWine and Rich Cordray are in the race for governor of Ohio. LISA POWELL / STAFF
She hits the campaign trail, sits in on media interviews, walks parades and hosts an endless stream of family and community events, including the annual DeWine Ice Cream Social that has been held for more than 30 years on their property in Greene County.
The DeWines even hosts an annual high school cross country meet in September at the property, which was once owned by Whitelaw Reid, a Civil War correspondent and journalist.
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Fran DeWine is known for her little blue cookbook, “Fran DeWine’s Family Favorites,” that she has been handing out on the campaign trail since 1980. Just 5,000 copies were printed for DeWine’s state senate campaign. That ramped up to 100,000 for the 12th edition when he ran for re-election as attorney general in 2014.
Re-worked for the gubernatorial campaign, the latest edition includes recipes from Tina Husted and her husband Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.
Fran DeWine is also known for her pie making skills. She and her friends crank out more than 150 homemade pies for the ice cream social.
In 2000, Mike DeWine dropped off copies of the little cookbook in the Statehouse press room. But according to a Dayton Daily News report from 2000, that didn’t cut it with reporters who said in the past DeWine had left Fran’s homemade pies in the pressroom. “We don’t want an interview, we want the pie,’ one reporter told the senator.
She is involved with the Becky DeWine School in Haiti — named after her 22-year-old daughter who was killed in an auto accident in 1993. Fran DeWine assembles care packages for the students at Christmas time.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs one of six executive actions alongside his wife Fran, left, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Cedarville, Ohio. The former U.S. senator took his oath in a private midnight ceremony at his Cedarville home ahead of a public inauguration planned Monday at the Statehouse.