Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Whaley on Tour in Lorain County, Addresses Oberlin Community at Slow Train Cafe – The Oberlin Review

On Wednesday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley discussed her platform with College and city residents at the Slow Train Cafe. Whaley is running for the seat against incumbent Republican Governor Mike DeWine.

Whaley served as mayor of Dayton from 2014 to 2022, and his running mate Cheryl Stephens, who is running for lieutenant governor, served as mayor of Cleveland Heights.

During his Wednesday speech, Whaley spoke to those in attendance about the ballot and his gubernatorial bid as a whole.

“I’m proud to be on this ticket with Cheryl Stephens, the former mayor of Cleveland [Heights]”Whaley said. “I always say, ‘What’s better than one ex-mayor, but two ex-mayors?’ And look, we want to go back to governing this state like the common sense state that it is, don’t we?”

Lili Sandler, founder of grassroots organization Lorain County Rising and campaign director for Anthony Eliopoulos’ District 13 Senate bid, worked to bring Whaley to the venue as part of a two-stop tour of the Lorain County.

“Nan Whaley’s campaign contacted me last week and said she wanted to make a stop in Lorain County and hadn’t been to the town of Oberlin yet this cycle,” Sandler said. “And so I suggested that they come to Oberlin because Oberlin has been a bastion of progressivism, since its founding – both the College and the community. And sometimes the most reliable progressives are ignored by Democratic candidates. because they know they have their support… but I think that can be dangerous because then those people who give that support can feel exploited or taken for granted.

Whaley said she wanted to show Oberlin students, who rarely stay in Ohio after graduation, what the state has to offer and make it a place where students feel comfortable after. the university.

“I think Oberlin is a key community, and certainly Oberlin students are essential to the state,” Whaley told the Review. “Too often I come across Oberlin grads who don’t stay in Ohio, so I want Oberlin grads to have the opportunity to consider Ohio even if they’re not from here. That’s not happening right now with this extreme radical politics, so we have to be a common sense state for people to say, ‘Yeah, I liked it here, and there’s an opportunity for me here, and I could live here because I have the freedom.'”

Although less than 24 hours passed between the announcement of the event and the event itself, according to Sandler, attendance was strong with about 70 attendees in total and about 60 to 40 split among residents of the city ​​and members of the campus community.

During her speech at Oberlin, Whaley addressed various issues central to her campaign, such as reproductive justice and raising the minimum wage. Whaley promised that, if elected, she would raise Ohio’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“We want to make sure that we address the issues that affect working in Ohio, making sure people’s wages go up. [by] raise the minimum wage [to] $15 an hour and making sure a good job is enough no matter where you live in this state,” Whaley said. “That’s the key to growth, and our One Good Job Plan does that by creating middle jobs instead of top-down jobs.”

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