EATON — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted visited 1808 Cafe in Eaton on Friday, Sept. 28, to speak about his the upcoming election. Husted is on the Republican ticket with Mike DeWine for Governor and himself as Lieutenant Governor.
Husted also discussed his strong opposition to State Issue 1.
“There is probably one issue in this race between Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine. It is where we are on the post important published policy issue that will be facing the people on this ballot and that is State Issue 1,” Husted said. “It is a constitutional amendment, that I knew little about until Richard Cordray in July brought Eric Holder, the former Attorney General, to Columbus to say they were going to change the constitution to change the drug laws in the State so that you wouldn’t be charged with a felony penalty for drug possession, purchase, and use.
“It would be a misdemeanor. Pretty soon a bunch of petitions started showing up, to get the thing on the ballot in Ohio,” he said. “It would amend the Constitution to create a misdemeanor if you possess enough fentanyl to kill up to 10,000 people. You can possess up to 20 grams of fentanyl and it be a misdemeanor. You can possess a bunch of heroin. The drugs that are killing people.
“If, in Ohio, it is going to be a misdemeanor and in Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia it is a felony, where do you think the drug dealers are going to come to set up shop? Ohio,” he said. “We don’t need more of the poison pushers, we don’t need more drug cartels, we don’t need to take it easy on them – we need to get them off our streets.”
Husted also compared this election to the election in 2010, noting, it was the last time an election provided the opportunity for all statewide offices to turn over.
According to Husted, in 2010, the unemployment rate was 10.4 percent, the state had lost over 400,000 jobs, the state faced an eight billion dollar short fall, and there were 89 cents left in the state savings account.
Businesses were also laying people off without much work to do.
Republicans were elected, which was the change which turned the economy, according to Husted. Jobs were created, the budget was balanced, taxes were cut, and now savings are available in the state savings account, he said.
The election in 2010 is the last time DeWine ran against Richard Cordray. One main topic during that election was how Cordray was handling the crime lab. When DeWine got into office, he found 12,000 untested rape kits across the State of Ohio, Husted said.
In his work as Secretary of State, Husted made it easier to open a business by digitizing the process, he said.
He urged all in support to spread the word and to motivate their friends and family to vote on Nov. 6.
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