Joe Schiavoni, the Youngstown-area Democratic leader in the Ohio Senate, today became his party’s first announced candidate for governor in 2018. In a release announcing his candidacy, he said he is running “to provide the new generation of leadership we need to move Ohio forward.”
“After seven years of Republican control, we still don’t have the high-paying jobs that places like Youngstown, Toledo and the Ohio Valley so desperately need. Our roads and bridges are falling apart. Our public education system is woefully underfunded. Ohio’s opioid epidemic continues to plague our communities. Meanwhile, Ohio Republicans give hundreds of millions of dollars to failing charter schools and billions in income tax cuts to the very rich.”
The Boardman resident also noted, “I am not a career politician, and I’m not going to be the anointed candidate. But I am a fighter, the fighter that Ohio needs. I will work harder than anyone, visit every part of the state and meet with every Ohioan I can until I win. Once elected, I will get to work giving ALL Ohioans the new leadership they are asking for and they deserve.”
Schiavoni said in an interview, “I’m in it to win it, there’s no backup plan.” The senator, a lawyer specializing in workers’ compensation cases, said he is not interested in running for another statewide office.
Originally published in The Columbus Dispatch.