Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor didn’t formally announce her candidacy for governor in Findlay on Wednesday, but suggested it may only be a matter of time before she does.
“It’s not official yet, but very soon I will be making a more definitive statement about whether I’ll be running for governor in 2018,” she said during a meeting with editors and reporters at The Courier.
Taylor, who has been in office alongside Gov. John Kasich since 2011, formed a political action committee 18 months ago and has been making overtures about seeking the state’s top public office for some time.
She said she has raised just over $1 million for a potential gubernatorial run. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted are also considering running.
Taylor, who also holds the position of Ohio director of insurance, said she has focused on small business, regulatory reform and “common sense government” while in office. She said she believes the Kasich administration has made “great progress for Ohio” over the past six years.
But Taylor and Kasich, while both Republicans, have not always been in lockstep.
For one, Taylor, who has been a consistent critic of Obamacare, said Wednesday she campaigned hard for her boss when he ran for president last year, but supported Donald Trump after Trump won the GOP nomination. She said she voted for Kasich in the primary, but “many other people did not.”
Kasich never endorsed Trump.
More recently, Taylor backed Jane Timken for Ohio Republican Party chairman instead of Matt Borges, who was Kasich’s pick to retain the chair.
Taylor said she considered Timken, a Stark County attorney, the better candidate to unite the state Republican Party after the November election.