Ohio elections chief and Williams Co. native Jon Husted joins 2018 race for governor

Republican Jon Husted, Ohio's Secretary of State, announced he will run for governor in 2018. (Photo Courtesy: Ohio Secretary of State's Office)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WANE/AP) — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is entering the race for Ohio governor.

The Republican from southwest Ohio becomes the second Republican to join the 2018 gubernatorial field in what is expected to be a crowded race to replace GOP Gov. John Kasich, who’s term-limited.

His announcement Sunday at the University of Dayton, his alma mater, is being followed by a campaign tour across the state. Stops include Williams and Licking counties, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chillicothe, Washington Court House and Circleville.

Husted is expected to make a campaign stop in Montpelier, Ohio Monday at the Williams County Republican Day Dinner.

The 49-year-old Husted is a former state senator and Ohio House speaker. He’s in his second term as the battleground state’s elections chief, where he’s drawn criticism at times from voting rights advocates.

He joins U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci in seeking the Republican nomination.

 

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