BIDWELL — The Gallia Republican Century Club will be hosting Ohio Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Jon Husted Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Green Valley Gathering Place as its keynote speaker.
The Gallia Republican Century Club is a political action committee that supports Republican candidates in county and statewide races and support Republican ideas.
Husted is considering making a bid for Ohio Governor in 2018. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, US Representative Jim Renacci and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor have already declared their intent to run for the office.
Last year, Husted spoke at the Meigs County Lincoln Day Dinner. Husted has served as the 53rd secretary of state and is in his sixth year doing so. According to Moore, he was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, winning 86 of 88 counties in the state. Husted has previously served as the House Speaker in Ohio’s House of Representatives and also served four terms as a representative. Husted has been given endorsements by the NRA, Buckeye Firearms Association, Ohioans for Concealed Carry and more, according to information provided by Moore.
The secretary was raised in Montpelier and attended the University of Dayton to earn both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He shares three children with his wife Tina.
Husted’s last visit to Gallia County was in April as he spoke at the Gallia County Republican Party at its Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner.
“We’ve won and now we’ve got to lead. We’ve got the president, the Senate and the House of Representatives,” said Husted of the federal government at the previous event. “If Republicans don’t lead over the next two years, you know what’s going to happen. In the next four years, (voters) will send the opposite message. We’ve got to deliver and walk the talk.”
Husted said he was fulfilling this through such endeavors as making improvements in the business services division of his office.
“You want to form a business in Ohio, you do it in my office,” said Husted. “When I got there, I walked in the first day and said explain to me how this happens. ‘You have to fill out all these forms and it takes four days to happen and costs $125.’ I said why don’t we automate this and make this easier. So, we did. Since doing that, we set a record for the number of new business starts in Ohio every year. We’re up 30 percent because we automated and we don’t need as many people. While state spending at the time went up 17 percent, we cut spending by 16 percent. Thirty-three percent fewer people work for me now.”
Husted would go on to stress the importance of providing a future for America’s youth. He shared his university football experiences as a means of lessons about working to strive for a better future. Husted shared that he was raised an adopted child to “hardworking” parents and that many youth in Ohio felt the same opportunity to get ahead by working hard was disappearing, that the American Dream may no longer be within reach.
Those interested in attending should contact Molly Plymale at 740-446-1214.