By MAX FILBY
Coffee with a hint of the economy and a little bit of job creation.
All three were up for discussion when Gov. John Kasich greeted supporters at Coffee Amici in downtown Findlay on Thursday.
“I’m not here to speak, I’m here to hang out,” Kasich said upon entering the coffee shop.
Kasich’s visit was a pit stop before heading to Bowling Green to attend the Wood County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner.
“This is a great town with some great companies,” Kasich said of Findlay.
Although the governor only stopped in for 40 minutes, he talked with about half the people in a crowd of about 60, several of whom were wearing “Kasich 2014″ stickers. The governor is up for re-election this year.
Kasich went around the room asking people to introduce themselves and to tell him what they did for a living or what they were studying in college.
Lynn Child, owner of CentraComm on South Main Street, introduced herself and thanked the governor for providing tax cuts to small businesses. In 2013, Kasich signed a measure giving small businesses a 50 percent tax cut on their first $250,000 of income, according to the state.
“I just wanted to shake your hand and thank you in person,” she said.
Kasich told Child she was one of only a few people who have thanked him for the tax cut. He said the cut is meant to help grow the state’s economy and have a long-term effect.
“When you spend money in the government, people are appreciative because they see everything happening right away,” Kasich said. “But, if you do a tax cut, it’s like planting seeds and you don’t see them come up until spring.”
“He’s allowing me to invest that money back into my business,” Child said. “He’s done a lot of great things and it’s thrilling to have someone like him come to us.”
Members of the University of Findlay’s chapter of College Republicans also got a chance to speak to Kasich during his visit. The students said they were surprised how long they were able to talk with the governor.
“He seemed really personable,” said Parker Emahiser, a junior at the university. “He had a lot to say about all the different aspects of Ohio.”
Although the election is months away, if Kasich wins in November, Emahiser said he hopes the governor “just keeps doing what he’s doing.”
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