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Canal Winchester's Joe Blystone Looks To 'Break The Mold' As Ohio Governor

Joe Blystone, running for Ohio Governor in 2022
Jo Ingles
Ohio Public Radio
Joe Blystone, running for Ohio Governor in 2022

Central Ohio farmer and business owner Joe Blystone is running for governor, joining the Republican primary challenge to Gov. Mike DeWine.

Blystone runs a farm, restaurant and butcher shop in Canal Winchester. He said he experienced first-hand how the COVID-19 shut down orders hurt businesses around the state.

"We saw that our government here in Ohio decided that because of a pandemic, they could take our constitutional rights and throw them out the back door, and that's wrong," Blystone said.

He said Ohio needs a governor who can break the mold of "decades of bad policy."

"We're going to need somebody, an outsider to do that. Somebody who is not afraid to make hard decisions. And is not afraid to shake the system up," Blystone said.

Blystone is running on what he calls a "Constitutional Conservative" platform which includes expanding gun rights, restricting abortion, cutting the state budget and setting restrictions on teaching about race and racism in Ohio schools. 

He'll face former Congressman Jim Renacci and DeWine in the Republican primary.

On the Democratic side, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is the only candidate in the race so far.

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Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.