Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich promised Norwalk area residents Wednesday to create a pro-business environment and be a leader if he’s elected.
Kasich, who is challenging incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland, spoke to an overflow crowd at Sheri’s Coffee House.
He was joined by running mate Mary Taylor, the Ohio auditor. He said such a pro-business environment is one “where small businesses are not hurt by regulations, taxes and bureaucrats.”
To a round of applause, Kasich said he’s been endorsed by 24,000 small business people. Kasich added his experience as a businessman taught him how to create jobs.
“Our biggest problem is we don’t have jobs and we don’t have revenue,” he said. “The bureaucrats are not respecting the job creators. We need to treasure our job creators.”
Kasich cited Sheri’s as an example.
“I have great respect for people who run a coffee shop,” the candidate said.
Kasich also said it’s important to reform the state’s worker’s compensation system, train workers and “improve education for our children.”
He noted that Ohio is 47th out of 50 states in “putting money in classrooms.”
“That’s horrible,” someone in the audience responded.
Parents need to be involved in their children’s education and students need technology to learn better, Kasich said.
“Technology is where kids learn today,” he said. “We need to give it to them in our schools.”
Kasich also suggested taking technology tools out of universities and “putting it into the hands of businesses.”
Vocational education also is important.
“Stop running down vocational education,” Kasich said to at least one “Amen.”
“Not everyone has to go to college as we think of it,” he said. “You need to have levels of skill to do things today but that doesn’t mean it has to be at a four-year school.”
Kasich promised to “hold myself up as a leader,” modernize government and that he would have a Republican house and senate.
“I’m making a lot of promises here and I intend to keep them,” he said. “I’m running for this job because Ohio has been very good to me and this is a way for me to pay (the state) back.”