COLUMBUS — Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is expected to formalize her run for Ohio governor during remarks at the City Club of Cleveland on Friday.
The 51-year-old Taylor has served by GOP Gov. John Kasich's side since 2011. He has already pledged he'll endorse her when she joins the crowded Republican field. Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, are already running.
Taylor, of Green, is a former two-term state representative and state auditor. She stepped down as the state's insurance director in March in anticipation of her gubernatorial run.
Last month, Taylor made public that her two sons have struggled with opioid addiction, adding her family to the thousands affected by the national prescription painkiller and heroin crisis.
- GOP lieutenant governor wants to end Ohio Medicaid expansion
- GOP's Renacci attacks rivals for Ohio governor as 'fat cats'
- Kasich's backing a mixed blessing for GOP's Mary Taylor
- Female governor candidates abound in Ohio, but can one win?
- Ohio's lieutenant governor reveals sons' opioid addictions
- Ohio governor's race to see record-setting number of women
- With Renacci running for governor, who will take his House seat?
- Congressman Renacci joins Republican field for governor