Democratic Candidate for Ohio Governor Visits Chillicothe


A Democratic candidate for governor of Ohio visited Chillicothe Wednesday.

Chillicothe mayor Luke Feeney endorsed Nan Whaley, along with an introduction by Athens Mayor Steve Patterson, in a small news media event in the Atwood House Bed & Breakfast. Whaley unveiled her policy framework for Ohio’s Appalachian communities.

Former Dayton mayor Whaley spoke warmly about mayors, and said state's vibrancy comes from its communities. She said as governor she would build a true partnership between state and local governments to give Appalachian the investment it deserves.

She listed four key areas to focus on as governor: affordable broadband, dealing with the opioid epidemic, and investing in good-paying jobs.

Her fourth focus hits home locally with the announcement of possibly closing the Chillicothe VA medical Center. Whaley said she wants to invest in better services to veterans and their families.

Whaley says Ohio has only about one-third of veterans' facilities allowed by the federal government.

Hear her entire statement below.

Whaley declared her candidacy last April, and her term as mayor ended in January. The other Democratic gubernatorial candidate is John Cranley, former Cincinnati mayor.

Kevin Coleman reports on local government and culture

Chillicothe mayor Luke Feeney (in back) endorsed Nan Whaley, along with an introduction by Athens Mayor Steve Patterson (left), in a small news media event in the Atwood House Bed & Breakfast in Chillicothe.

Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney (in back) endorsed Nan Whaley, along with an introduction by Athens Mayor Steve Patterson (left), in a small news media event in the Atwood House Bed & Breakfast in Chillicothe.

Mayor Luke Feeney endorses, and Athens Mayor Steve Patterson introduces, Democratic candidate for governor of Ohio and former Dayton mayor Nan Whaley  in a small news media event in the Atwood House Bed & Breakfast.
Democratic candidate for governor of Ohio and former Dayton mayor Nan Whaley unveiled her policy framework for Ohio’s Appalachian communities in a small news media event in the Atwood House Bed & Breakfast.

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