On Dec. 22, as governor-elect, he came to Portsmouth to discuss two issues that mean a lot to the people of Scioto County. He visited the American Centrifuge Plant under construction by USEC Inc. in Pike County and was at the city health department in Portsmouth to pledge “war” against Scioto County’s prescription pain killer epidemic.
The 58-year-old Pennsylvania native (he said he adopted Ohio in the 1970s when he enrolled at The Ohio State University) was sworn in as Ohio’s 69th governor Monday in a midnight ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, followed by a ceremonial inauguration later that day at the Ohio Theater.
So far, he has opted to live in his own home in Westerville rather than move into the Governor’s Mansion. He and wife Karen’s 10-year-old twin daughters, Reese and Emma, attend Worthington Christian Schools.
“When one part of Ohio hurts, we all hurt,” he told a crowd of about 2,500 people at the theater. “And when one part of Ohio succeeds, we all succeed.”
He said he had seen “resolution in the eyes” of the people in Scioto County.
“We have pledged to win the fight against drug addiction and drug abuse and save their community and save their families,” he said.
He told of a dozen women wearing lime green T-shirts having visited him a few days earlier.
“They bore the mark of somebody who died from that devilish addiction. We are going to fight to help them, won’t we? All of us will fight to help them.”
That was the theme he sounded during his visit to Portsmouth in December.
Of USEC’s need to obtain a $2 billion loan guarantee from the federal government to move ahead with construction of the ACP, a move that could mean a thousand construction jobs and 400 permanent jobs to operate the uranium enrichment plant, Kasich said Ohioans in Columbus and on to Lake Erie must be convinced that what is good for southern Ohio is good also for them.
“And vice versa,” he said. “We must work together for the good of all.”