The spouse of the Republican candidate for Ohio governor visited Highland County Republicans Monday morning, sharing a new children’s initiative, promoting foster care and adoption, and touting the latest edition of her family cookbook.
Fran DeWine, wife of Ohio Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine, spent time at GOP headquarters in Hillsboro, where she was greeted by Republican officials and officeholders.
The children’s initiative unveiled by DeWine and his running mate, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, focuses on improving access to early childhood education services, increasing home visiting services for at-risk first-time mothers, implementing drug-prevention education in K-12 classrooms and promoting foster care and adoption — all to help kids avoid the scourge of drug addiction, unemployment and crime.
“Kids today are more fragile” than in years past, Fran DeWine said Monday, due to a number of factors.
DeWine also promoted the latest edition of a popular cookbook she began years ago when her husband ran for Greene County prosecutor, and which she has updated many times during campaigns. This year she collaborated with Husted’s wife, Tina, including Husted family recipes. She said the new edition includes frozen treats for dogs.
Fran DeWine fielded questions and comments from those on hand Monday, including praise for a positive ad for her husband which she narrated, focusing on her husband’s devotion to his family. She said negative ads against her husband can be hurtful and misleading.
“People say they hate (negative ads), but people believe them,” so it’s important to counter them with facts, she said.
Mike DeWine is facing off in November against Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray and his running mate Betty Sutton.
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