Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, a candidate for governor in the May 8 Republican primary, makes a campaign stop Thursday at Corkscrew Saloon in Medina. BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE
MEDINA — Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said she was in town Thursday to ensure there’s going to be a conservative governor in Ohio next year.
She made a campaign stop at the Corkscrew Saloon on West Liberty Street attended by about 25 invited Republicans.
Taylor, 51, is running against Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in the May 8 Republican primary. Candidates on the Democratic ballot for governor include Richard Cordray, Dennis Kucinich, William O’Neill, Connie Pillich and Joe Schiavoni.
“We are going to win this race,” Taylor said. “We need your vote.”
She encouraged those in attendance to go out and “engage your network.”
Taylor, who was born and raised in Akron, said she has relatives in Medina, Wadsworth and Seville.
She attended Springfield High School near Akron and the University of Akron. She spent 16 years in the private sector as a certified public accountant and is a former state auditor.
She said she’s received endorsements in the last two days from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — a former Republican presidential candidate — and the American Conservative Union.
“It’s going great,” Taylor said.
“It’s going really, really well. I have great conservative support.”
Cruz is asking Ohio voters to “stand with those who have proven themselves to be conservatives of conviction.”
His endorsement comes as Taylor seeks to boost her conservative credentials in the Republican primary. Taylor is working with Republican consulting firm Axiom Strategies, which has ties to Cruz.
DeWine’s campaign is labeling Taylor a “phony conservative” in a $1 million television ad campaign.
Taylor on Thursday noted Cruz’s upset Senate victory in 2012 against an “establishment-backed” candidate. She said Cruz overcame “very long odds,” similar to her own.
She said there’s a stark difference between her and DeWine, who made a campaign stop in Medina in October. Taylor said DeWine, 71, doesn’t represent her conservative values.
She said she’s learned a very important lesson about politics: Not all Republicans are conservatives.
“Hence, the mess we’re in in Columbus and Washington,” she said.
“I’m a little concerned with our Republican Party in Columbus. Quite frankly, it’s become part of the establishment. I believe Ohio deserves a conservative as their next governor.”
Taylor, whose running mate is Nathan Estruth, a Cincinnati-area businessman, said she’s made about 150 campaign stops this year and visited 50 counties in the state.
Taylor, who’s pro-life, said she supports the Second Amendment: “The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Her platform points include:
- ending Medicare expansion and allowing people to buy private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace;
- building a wall to secure the U.S. border from drug dealers;
- ending Common Core educational standards;
- reducing big government.
“My dad defined my American dream for me,” she said. “He got up and went to work every day as a bricklayer. He fought every day to give his children a better life.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.