Joe Schiavoni makes governor’s run official

Election 2018: Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni officially launched his campaign to become Ohio governor on Wednesday. Schiavoni told’s Henry J. Gomez of his plans to run for governor on Tuesday.

“After seven years of Republican control, we still don’t have the high-paying jobs that places like Youngstown, Toledo and the Ohio Valley so desperately need,” Schiavoni, a Democrat from Boardman, said. “Our roads and bridges are falling apart. Our public education system is woefully underfunded. Ohio’s opioid epidemic continues to plague our communities. Meanwhile, Ohio Republicans give hundreds of millions of dollars to failing charter schools and billions in income tax cuts to the very rich.

“That’s why I am running for Governor — to provide the new generation of leadership we need to move Ohio forward,” Schiavoni, 37, said.

“Schiavoni, whose district includes the Youngstown area, is the first Democrat to formally declare his candidacy for governor,” Gomez writes. “He entered the race after a fellow Youngstown-area Democrat, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, announced he would not run for governor. Another possible candidate, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of Copley, said Tuesday that she will reveal her decision next week.”


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