COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Governor-elect Mike DeWine outlined plans for his administration and his top issues in his first press conference since winning the governor’s race.
In a Wednesday afternoon press conference, DeWine said he expected to win the race, but was surprised by how large of a margin he beat democrat Richard Cordray.
DeWine announced the first members of his team including Lauren Dawson as director of the transition team, Lisa Peterson as director of communications, and LeeAnne Cornyn as director of children’s initiative.
When the longtime Ohio politician enters the governor’s office, DeWine said his focus will be on education, early childhood development and a 12-point plan to the drug problem.
In addition to controlling the governor’s office, Republicans also have majorities in the legislature. Despite the one-party rule, Governor-elect DeWine said he’s willing to work across the aisle.
"I could stand up here and tell you again that I'm going to bring people together. What you need to do is judge how well I do that. And you'll see that by how we focus on getting things done,” said DeWine.
House minority leader Fred Strahorn said he welcomes bipartisanship, "we'll work with Governor-elect Mike DeWine, like we'll work with anybody else. And those things that we disagree about, we'll disagree."
Strahorn is familiar with the next governor. Both men are from the Miami Valley.
The Dayton democrat said he hopes to hear a different message now that the campaigning is over.
"I've heard him say things earlier in the campaign about wanting to end Medicaid expansion. So those kinds of comments give me concern. I feel like he sort of backed away from that later in the campaign. I think to some degree it's going to be which Mike DeWine shows up,” explained Strahorn.
Governor-elect DeWine and his wife plan on living in the governor’s mansion during the week, but insist they’re not leaving their home in Cedarville.