Ohio gubernatorial candidates face off in Dayton

October 13, 2018 by  

The two leading candidates to be Ohio’s governor squared off in Dayton on September 23.

Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray met at the University of Dayton in a prime opportunity to make their pitch to the voters — as well as question each other.

The exchanges between the two men were often tense, focusing on the challenging issues that face Ohio. It was the first gubernatorial debate in the state in 8 years, with the 2014 candidates not meeting.

Both candidates have extensive political experience. DeWine was first elected to the Ohio Senate in 1980, while Cordray got his start in the State House in 1990. Cordray has also previously served as director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Both men have also held the title of state attorney general in the past, with their respective records being one of the many subjects of debate. The winner will replace outgoing governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, who cannot run because of term limits.

With Ohio being a classic “purple state” and polling close, national attention will be on the gubernatorial race. Candidates and their campaigns will make continue their pitches through TV and radio ads, as well as time-tested methods like lawn signs, banner printing, knocking on doors, and brochure printing.

Voters in Ohio and across the US will go to the polls on November 6.