Fran DeWine speaks with (from left) County Prosecutor Eva Yarger, Attorney Aaron Baker, and County Treasurer Nathan Vandenbroek. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Fran DeWine speaks with (from left) County Prosecutor Eva Yarger, Attorney Aaron Baker, and County Treasurer Nathan Vandenbroek. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – Fran DeWine, wife of Republican Mike DeWine who is running for Ohio Governor, visited Van Wert and Allen Counties on Tuesday to wrap up her 88 county tour of Ohio.

Fran stopped at the Van Wert County Courthouse Tuesday morning to meet with local dignitaries and to tour one of Van Wert’s most beloved buildings before heading to Allen County.

“This is my 87th county,” said Fran while speaking at the courthouse Tuesday morning. “I started April 9 and was just going to a few at a time. In every county, I do something different. Sometimes I go to a courthouse like this; sometimes I go to homeless shelters or public libraries in inner cities. I’ve been to most of Ohio’s children’s hospitals.”

Fran said she has observed what the children’s hospitals in Ohio are doing for addicted babies, as Ohio’s opioid and drug epidemic has affected newborn babies whose mothers used while they were pregnant.

Fran said one of the focuses of Mike DeWine’s campaign is on the drug epidemic.

“He’s been fighting this opioid problem since he became Attorney General,” said Fran. “He’s become a leader in really speaking out for it. That’s one of the things he wants to continue to work on.”

Fran said that the easiest and cheapest thing that can be done to help the opioid problem is to focus on education and prevention.

As part of his platform, Mike DeWine is against Ohio State Issue 1, which drops all drug violations that would be felony to a misdemeanor.

Mike DeWine has been Ohio’s Attorney General for the past seven years and is running for Ohio governor this November. Fran noted that the kind of Attorney General Mike has been is the kind of Governor he plans to be.

“He sees problems and takes them on,” said Fran. “He saw the long turn around rate it was taking for DNA to be tested and when he got in he found it was taking about 123 days to get DNA tested. He turned that around and now it takes about 21 days.”

Fran also noted that DeWine helped to get many rape kits, that were setting around in police stations, tested.

“As Attorney General, he can’t force the police to do anything, but he can invite them to do it,” said Fran. “So, he invited them to bring them in, and he would test them for free.”

A backlog of nearly 14,000 rape kits were found and needed to be tested.

Other policy areas that Fran said that Mike is concentrated on is the creation of jobs and preparing the workforce to meet the needs of manufacturers that are in Ohio and looking to come to Ohio.

There are around six weeks left before the Nov. 6 election. Republican Mike DeWine is running against Democrat Rich Cordray.