The Chronicle - LOCAL NEWS State Sen. Gayle Manning endorses Jon Husted for governor

AVON — State Sen. Gayle Manning said she will endorse Secretary of State Jon Husted in the upcoming gubernatorial race. At an event Monday, Manning, R-North Ridgeville, said she spoke with all four of the Republican candidates and while they all had great qualities, she felt the need to learn more before deciding who to throw her support behind.

“I appreciate the fact that the secretary reached out to me early on and said he was thinking about running and he wanted my opinion,” she said. “We talked about policies and things that were important and I do I agree with him on everything? No, but then again I don’t always necessarily agree with myself on everything. When you talk to everybody and they have policies that are similar — smaller government, lower taxes — you have to delve a little bit deeper.”

The term-limited Husted will be facing off against Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Attorney General Mike DeWine and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2018.

The Democratic field has an even larger field of candidates with former Wayne County Commissioner Dave Kiefer, Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill, former state Rep. Connie Pillich, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

Manning said when speaking with others about Husted they all said the same thing — that he treats them with respect and is willing to work with them on issues that are important to them.

“That weighed heavily on me,” she said.

Husted, who previously served in the Ohio General Assembly as both a House and Senate member and was the Speaker of the House from 2005 to 2009, said Manning’s endorsement meant a lot to him “because it didn’t come easy.”

“She didn’t jump to any early decision without thinking it through and I respect that because there are a lot of people who make endorsements for an angle,” he said. “She was going to give us a tough evaluation and whoever she felt would best serve Ohio was who she would pick.”

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