2022 Ohio Governor Candidate Guide

Mike DeWine (R) vs Nan Whaley (D)

Governor | Election | Nov 8, 2022

The Candidates

Mike DeWine

Mike DeWine

Republican

Incumbent
Nan Whaley

Nan Whaley

Democrat

The Issues

Climate Change

Should climate change be a top priority? Tax or limit the output of greenhouse gases, or support renewable energy?

Mike DeWine (R)

No. Signed a 2019 bill that subsidized coal companies, reduced green-energy utility mandates, and greatly cut Ohio’s renewable energy goal. In 2021 signed a bill to make it easier for local officials to block solar and wind projects. Opposed 2015 Clean Power Plan.

Nan Whaley (D)

Yes. Led group of mayors lobbying for climate action: “There is one threat that is challenging all of our hometowns: climate change…It’s never been more urgent to act.” Invest in “renewable energy and battery technology, so we get the jobs of the future.”

Health Care

Increase the government’s role in health care, such as expanding Medicaid and limiting drug prices?

Labor

Make it easier or harder for unions to organize?

Mike DeWine (R)

Unclear. In 2018 would not say if he would sign potential “right-to-work” legislation, allowing employees in a unionized workplace to not pay union dues. Signed a 2022 bill limiting overtime pay.

Nan Whaley (D)

Easier. Outlined “worker’s bill of rights,” including “the ability to organize and be recognized as a union.” Led Conference of Mayors committee supporting federal PRO Act to strengthen workers’ rights.

Minimum Wage

Keep or raise the state minimum from $9.30 per hour? If raise, how much?

Student Financial Aid

Support lowering interest on student loans or forgiving them?

Taxes

Should corporations and wealthier individuals pay less or more taxes?

Mike DeWine (R)

Less. Signed a 2021 budget bill that gave tax cuts to all income levels, with 60% of benefits going to the wealthiest 5%, along with reduced business taxes.

Voting and Redistricting

Position on Ohio redistricting? Support tightened restrictions on such voting rules as absentee and early voting, and voter ID?

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