WAPAKONETA — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted asked Auglaize County Republicans to “lead by example” as he laid out his own reasons for pursuing a career in public service, vocalizing the issues he feels passionate about, and why he is considering a run for governor.
At a Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner Tuesday night in Wapakoneta, Husted told members of the Auglaize County Republican Party to “walk the talk” as they seek public office, vote in elections, and become active in the community.
“If you don’t walk the talk, you will not be given the opportunity to lead,” Husted told the crowd. “That’s what we have to do as Republicans — make local government work for the people, and make government responsive to their needs.”
After issuing a call to action, Husted articulated the issues he feels are plaguing Ohio and the rest of the country. He mentioned the heroin epidemic, soaring health care costs, childhood poverty, and other problems before saying that “we need to do better for our kids and for our families.”
“These are the challenges of our time … and these are some of the reasons I’m thinking about running for governor,” he said. “If you want to change something, don’t look at anybody else but the person in the mirror. If you can do something about it, do something about it.”
Husted said he believes the issues he mentioned can be resolved, and that he and every other Ohioan has the responsibility to do so. He added that every generation has had its problems, and that “it’s on us” to fix the issues facing the state in 2017 and beyond.
“We can do something about it,” he said. “We can do something to help these kids, and to help America achieve its goal. We can change these things, and we have the responsibility to do so.”
Husted said he is grateful for every opportunity he has been given in life, and he wants to ensure the future is bright for his children and every other young person in Ohio.
“I believe in a better future, and I believe we can change this future,” he said. “With God’s blessing and our hard work, we can get it done.”
Husted fell short of officially announcing his bid for governor, but said, “I’ll be making my intentions known in the coming weeks.” He said part of the reason he is traveling to towns such as Wapakoneta is to speak with constituents and party leaders about their thoughts about his candidacy.
“Based on the great outpouring of support and encouragement I’ve had here tonight,” he said, “I think things are looking up.”
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