COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A review of the driving records of possible candidates for Ohio governor shows some have better records than others.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday that it reviewed the driving records of four Republicans and five Democrats considering a run for governor in 2018. None had impaired driving charges.
All nine had valid driver’s licenses. In the 2014 governor’s race, the lack of a valid driver’s license became a problem for Democrat Ed FitzGerald and his bid for the office failed.
The newspaper’s review of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle records shows Republican Mike DeWine, the state’s attorney general, was the only one with no traffic tickets or crashes. The newspaper didn’t say how long DeWine has had an Ohio driver’s license.
Former Attorney General Rich Cordray, a Democrat, had the most speeding tickets — five since 1998 — according to the newspaper’s review. The potential candidate with the most crashes was Senate Democrat Joe Schiavoni, with three since 2007. He also had four speeding tickets since 1999.
Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, had one crash in 2000 and two speeding tickets since 1999. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, also a Republican, was involved in one crash in 1998 and had two speeding tickets from 2003.
U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, a Republican, had one violation for operating an unsafe vehicle in 2003.
Among the possible Democratic candidates, former state Rep. Connie Pillich, of Montgomery, was involved in one crash in 1999 and had four speeding tickets since that year.
Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, a Democrat, was involved in one crash in 2002 and had two speeding tickets since 2000, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, also a Democrat, had three speeding tickets since 2003.