Dayton Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley released the following statement after it was uncovered that the Ohio Department of Commerce hired a felon to score medical marijuana cultivator applications:
“This is no way to start out a brand-new industry and department in our state. Such a gross oversight undermines any confidence Ohioans would have had in the system. And it further proves that we need an effective, fair and competent leader in the Governor’s Office.
“There are suffering and chronically-ill Ohioans counting on this program to provide compassionate care and to ease their pain. This is a grave misstep and total disappointment as our state moves to implement a program supported by the vast majority of Ohioans.
“The sheer inequity and double standard here should be lost on no one. A Department of Commerce contractor with a felony was able to get off on probation and later secure a $150,000 government contract. While there are thousands of Ohioans who go to jail for similar offenses and are forced to check a box for the rest of their lives, which often disqualifies them from employment. Ohioans are sick and tired of there being two sets of rules in this state – one for the powerful in Columbus and one for everyone else.”
Dayton Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley released the following statement after Rich Cordray’s announcement that he will run for Governor:
“For the last year, I’ve traveled up and down the state from Lake Erie to the Ohio River, listening to teachers, students, factory workers and farmers and they all agree, we need bold solutions to solve this state’s problems.
“My campaign has been presenting Ohio Democrats with a clear choice this election, one that combines executive experience with a record of accomplishment, including universal pre-K for every four-year-old in Dayton, job creation and holding the big pharmaceutical companies accountable for the opioid crisis.
“As other candidates join the debate, we look forward to voters comparing our record and making a choice for Ohio’s future.”
Following today’s announcement that Mike DeWine and Jon Husted will team up for the Republican Party gubernatorial ticket, Spokeswoman for Nan Whaley for Governor Faith Oltman released the following statement:
“Just what Ohioans don’t need. Another decade of bad ideas from two rusted Republican politicians who, together, have been running for office for nearly 60 years. This is the same party that’s had 25 years of running Ohio without getting it right. It’s the same GOP that hasn’t created jobs – only created a culture of corruption, and Ohioans aren’t better off.
“In stark contrast, Nan Whaley is working every day to tackle our state’s challenges head-on. She’s holding the big drug companies accountable for the heroin crisis. She has a plan to create jobs and to restore the dignity of work – just like she’s done in Dayton. She is a bold, fresh leader for the new future of Ohio. That’s what we need.”