Attorney General Mike DeWine kicks off gubernatorial campaign in Independence

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio-- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine kicked off his campaign for governor with an event in Independence Monday morning.

DeWine, who officially made his candidacy announcement on Sunday, appeared at L.A. Pete's on Brecksville Road. His wife, Fran, introduced him to supporters.

While he talked about his experience in government, DeWine also spent time speaking about the state's drug crisis. Last month, he filed a lawsuit against five major drug manufacturers he said need to be held accountable for the thousands of lives lost to opioid addiction.

During his speech on Monday, DeWine said the high number of people using heroin and other drugs, means businesses have a tougher time hiring qualified workers.

The 70-year-old Republican enters an already crowded field for governor.

DeWine has been the state's attorney general since 2011. Prior to that, he spent time as a U.S. Senator, the lieutenant governor and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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