EATON — Mike DeWine is the current Attorney General of Ohio, in office since Jan. 10, 2011. He is also the Republican nominee for Governor of Ohio in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election, with Jon Husted as his Lieutenant Governor.
DeWine and his campaign stopped by The 1808 Cafe in Eaton on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to share his “vision for Ohio.”
He and his campaign weren’t the only visitors Preble County had on Tuesday, as a pair of protesters have been following DeWine to his campaign stops in the state. They were holding a sign critiquing DeWine’s stance on healthcare and a fake check written to DeWine “for selling out Ohioans.”
During his campaign speech, DeWine focused on the differences between him and his opponent, Richard Cordray, including his stance on Issue One and taxes.
“Issue One really divides where I am and where Richard Cordray is. We have a very comprehensive anti-drug plan, that involves treatment, prevention, education, and law enforcement. We are going to give more help to the Sheriff and the police in regards to the drug problem,” DeWine said.
“When I present my budget it will have money in there so we can expand those multi-jurisdiction task forces around the state. We have some of them that are really successful in getting the Mexican drug cartels. Not just the street people, but the people who are actually bringing these drugs in.
“We are going to increase these task forces. That is the law enforcement side. The treatment side is, we are going to increase drug courts, which work very well. Cordray is going to reduce the number of drug courts. They are tough love. Someone is picked up for possession of drugs and they are given a choice to get treatment. If you make it and last a year or a year and a half, they can either dismiss the charges or do something so that person can go on with their lives.
“The third thing we are going to do is prevention and education. The data shows if you start in Kindergarten and do something every year, you will dramatically reduce the incidences of people becoming addicted in Ohio.”
DeWine urged those in attendance to vote in the upcoming election and asked them for their support.
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