2022 General Election Recap
OCTA – Ohio’s Broadband and Cable Association congratulates the winners of the November 8th General Election. With strong turnout in a midterm election year, the candidates and issues on the ballot impelled more than 4 million Ohioans to cast their votes and make their voices heard.
At the top of the ticket, Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted coasted to reelection after delivering on promises made four years ago. In addition to supporting policies that have spurred continued job creation and investment in Ohio, Gov. DeWine and Lt. Gov. Husted have followed through on their commitment to prioritize broadband expansion and adoption across the state. From creating BroadbandOhio to guide the state’s broadband public policy agenda, to providing unwavering support of the Residential Broadband Expansion Program created under House Bill 2, their leadership has enabled us to make great strides toward getting every Ohioan connected to quality, high-speed internet connection they need to live and thrive in 2022 and beyond. Importantly, the Administration has also focused on workforce development to ensure OCTA members and other broadband providers have the workers needed to build and maintain new broadband infrastructure.
In the General Assembly, Republicans maintained their strong majorities in both chambers. Under the leadership of Senate President Matt Huffman and Speaker of the House Bob Cupp, the legislature has advanced a public policy agenda that has empowered OCTA members to continue to thrive in our state, highlighted by the passage of House Bill 2 and significant investments for broadband expansion grants included in the Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget.
OCTA congratulates Justice Sharon Kennedy on her successful bid for Chief Justice and Justices Pat Fischer and Pat DeWine on their reelection to serve on the state’s highest court. Impartiality and consistency exhibited by our justices on the Court are key to instilling confidence in our member businesses as they seek to continue to grow throughout the state of Ohio.
In other statewide races, Republicans retained control of all executive offices. Congratulations to Attorney General Dave Yost, who has made cracking down on illegal robocalls a top priority, and Auditor Keith Faber and Treasurer Robert Sprague, who will continue their work as watchdogs and good stewards of our taxpayer dollars. Finally, once again, our state effectively managed the election and continues to serve as a model of election integrity for other states across the country. Congratulations to newly reelected Secretary of State Frank LaRose, and kudos to him and his team, as well as the Boards of Elections workers across the state, for enabling us to carry out our right to vote.
With the November 8th General Election behind us, the OCTA looks forward to working with all returning and incoming elected officials as we seek to enact critical public policies that support our member companies and their thousands of Ohio-based employees.