"I think he should go around the state -- give other people the chance to hear what he has to say," said Thompson, who was among the 50 people who scored a ticket to Kasich's speech, which will be at
Kasich will give his annual address before a joint session of the legislature. The tickets for the public were awarded through a random drawing. The remainder of the spots will go to legislators, Cabinet members,
Thompson, a Republican whose wife, Pauline, will attend the speech with him, is hoping Kasich will talk about education, jobs and fracking. Asked if he's a fan of Kasich's, Thompson said he thinks the governor is "average."
"I'm not overly crazy about him," he said. "I guess I'm not really up-to-date on exactly what he's doing. Maybe seeing him in person will convince me he's going in the right direction."
Cunningham said he recently attended a groundbreaking for a new company in his county that was helped by Kasich's JobsOhio program.
"I'm interested in his direction on education and health care -- the
Cunningham, a Republican who lives in
"We were leaving hundreds of millions on the table," Cunningham said. "It took strength of character to make that decision."
Cunningham said the only problem with going to the speech is that he has several friends, neighbors and co-workers who want his second ticket. Those in the drawing could request either one or two tickets.
"I have to do my own little lottery," he said, laughing.
"That's what's important to me, professionally and personally," said Miller, who has been the superintendent in Mentor for two years.
Mentor passed a renewal levy last May and is projecting a deficit in the 2016-17 school year.
Miller, an independent who hasn't decided whom he'll support in the governor's race, plans to bring another administrator or a school board member with him to the speech. He said he'd give Kasich mixed reviews for what he's done on education so far.
"On some things, I think he was spot-on," he said. "Other things I wish he would have done differently."
Hanwell, who has been heavily involved in planning the numerous local events that will take place on the day of the speech, said he's been asked what he'd like to hear Kasich talk about and isn't quite sure.
"I'm pretty open-minded," he said. "I've not thought much about it. I'm just interested to hear what his plans are."
Hanwell has acted as the media liaison and served on a committee of
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for
Hanwell said hosting the State of the State and the other events will have a positive financial impact for the local businesses on that day. He hopes, though, that it will have an impact beyond that.
"There will be other state dollars we will seek -- for parks, road projects, economic development," he said. "As legislators hear about
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