Ohio Governor Mike Dewine shares a moment with young Darke County fans at the Great Darke County Fair. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Governor Dewine a favorite at fair

Ohio Governor Mike Dewine draws large crowd at Great Darke County Fair

GREENVILLE – Ohio Governor Mike Dewine drew large crowds late Saturday afternoon in a visit to the Great Darke County Fair. Dewine, the 70th and current Governor of Ohio was a favorite of the young people gathered at the fair to meet the Cedarville native as he spoke of leading Ohio into the future.

“My focus is on Ohio and my job is to do the best job I can to lead Ohio,” said Dewine. “I think Ohio is going to lead the Midwest – in many respects we already do lead the Midwest. I am very optimistic about our future. I’m optimistic about our country’s future.”

Dewine believes Ohio can help lead the country in bringing technology and manufacturing back to the USA.

“I think there’s a realization now that we have to make more things in the United States, that we can’t depend on China,” Dewine stated. “We went through that during the pandemic and what we saw was we couldn’t get M95 masks to our nurses in hospitals. They had to use them for hour after hour, day after day all because the supply chain went down in China so I believe there is a real realization that we have to make more things ourselves, I think that fits Ohio.”

“We’re a state that is historically been manufacturing state,” Dewine continued. “We have Intel coming in here but it’s not just all about Intel. We get call all the time from the companies that are looking and what they are looking for is stability. They’re looking for a state that keeps taxes down, keeps the regulations reasonable, no big surprises.”

Ohio is in a good position for manufacturing as pointed out by the Govenor.

“We have a lot of things in Ohio just by nature,” said Dewine. “We have an abundance of water.  Some other states don’t have that water and we’re seeing that in the southwest today. We’re centrally located, we’re right here in Darke County within a day’s drive – we had 60-65 percent of the population in the whole country so a lot of good things going on.”

Govenor Dewine has a plan laid out to continue as Ohio’s governor in the November election.

“I think that what I can do as governor – try to bring people together and try to move this state forward,” Dewine said. “Our biggest challenge in Ohio and I’m sure it’s the same way in other states is to make sure that every Ohioan can live up to their full potential and we do that by focusing on education, we do that by focusing on early childhood development but also making sure that a 40 year old worker or a 50 year old worker in the factory can upscale his or her talents.”

“We have a program called TechCred,” he continued. “We’ve had over 40,000 Ohioans who have taken advantage of that and it is real simple. If they can get an industry recognized credential, the company pays for that and if they do that then we reimburse the company. It has been very popular with employers, very popular with employees but it all goes back to the basic principle and goal, we don’t want to lose anybody, we don’t want anybody not live up to their full potential. For example, the drug problem, the mental health challenges that we face, those block people from living up to their full potential so we are trying to do something with mental health for example that really has not been done.”

“That is to do what was promised 60 years ago,” Governor Dewine said. “President Kennedy talked about building a mental health system in every community across this country. We think we can do this in Ohio, we’re in the process of doing it. We’ve got a ways to go but this is our goal. If we can do that then we can diagnose people early on who have a mental health problem. A lot more of them are going to be participating members of society living up to their full potential – that’s good for them but it’s also good for the state,”

Governor Dewine visits the Great Darke County Fair. (L-R) Darke County Sheriff Mark Whittaker, DC Commissioner Mike Stegall, Governor Mike Dewine, DC Republican Party Chairman Katie DeLand, and Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Governor Mike Dewine and Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman chat at the Great Darke County Fair. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ohio Governor Mike Dewine visits with Greenville's Jim Buchy at the Great Darke County Fair. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Governor Mike Dewine meets interesting people strolling the Great Darke County Fair. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ohio Governor Mike Dewine a favorite at the Great Darke County Fair. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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