LIMA — Democratic governor candidate Richard Cordray and running mate Betty Sutton recently announced their support of the Ohio Base Realignment and Closure and Military Affairs Task Force, according to Lima Mayor David Berger.
In June, Berger reached out to Cordray and Republican governor candidate Mike DeWine to get their reaction to the Ohio BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force’s recent report.
The report included a number of recommendations about the state of Ohio and the governor’s leadership role in prioritizing the economy development needs around military affairs and military installations for the state of Ohio, according to Berger.
Berger, the co-chair of Task Force LIMA, shared the official statement from Cordray during the Task Force LIMA meeting Monday at the Joint System Manufacturing Center.
“Betty Sutton and I largely support the findings of the Ohio BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force,” Cordray stated in a news release. “We recognize the value of our military as a strong economic driver, employing over 60,000 people and generating $6 billion for the state.”
The Ohio BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force is a group of representatives from the state, universities, businesses, several chambers of commerce and members of the National Guard Association that study and analyze the Ohio Department of Defense and NASA assets, resources and mission in an effort to receive recommendations for future restructuring.
The mission of Ohio BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force coincides with the mission of Task Force LIMA, a non-profit group of Allen County private and elected public officials who support defense manufacturing in Northwest Ohio.
“Our military deserves our support, and the state will be a strong partner in this effort,” Cordray stated in a news release. “My administration will strongly consider establishing a state-level military office to ensure Ohio remains competitive to protect and grow our military facilities.”
DeWine has yet to respond to Berger’s initial or follow-up email, Berger said.
“I think it’s really important that the governor of the state of Ohio recognize that the defense- and military-related assets of the state are significant,” said Berger. “As a state, we need to focus on how to foster that, which has not been the case for the last eight years.”
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