Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today officially announced he is seeking re-election as Secretary of State in 2014. Husted filed candidate petitions Tuesday morning February 4. In conjunction with his re-election campaign, Husted announced today the formation of a veterans coalition in support of his efforts led by two co-chairs, Retired General Charlie Metcalf (Montgomery County) and Retired Colonel Ron Schwachenwald (Lorain County).
"Secretary Husted's work to ensure our servicemen and women are able to vote is setting the gold-standard across the nation," Colonel Schwachenwald said. "Ohio veterans and military families and friends are excited to help re-elect him in 2014."
General Metcalf said, "In addition to his military voting program for active duty Ohioans, Jon Husted has worked with many Ohio military groups to help veterans start their own businesses and launch careers when they come home. I look forward to organizing our veterans in support of his campaign."
Secretary Husted has also been a strong advocate on behalf of Ohio's active duty service members and veterans. In 2011, he launched a successful military voting program which has been recognized nationally by the Association of the U.S. Army and the Military Voter Protection Project.
"As Secretary of State, I have worked to ensure it is easy to vote and hard to cheat when it comes to elections in Ohio, and that my office is doing everything possible to roll out the red carpet and cut through the red tape for businesses," Husted said. "I am proud of my record and what has been accomplished, but I have more work to do. I look forward to continuing to serve as Ohio's Secretary of State for another four years."
Husted's first three years in office have been marked with significant improvements in the way Ohio's elections system and business filing process are administered. So far, Secretary Husted has successfully:
- Delivered a smooth and fair 2012 Presidential Election.
- Modernized Ohio elections, including the launch of an Online Change of Address system which has been used by more than 140,000 voters.
- Cleaned up Ohio's voter rolls, identified and removed more than 270,000 deceased voters and hundreds of thousands of duplicate registrations to prevent double voting.
- For the first time in Ohio history, mailed absentee ballot request forms to every eligible Ohioan for the 2012 General Election, which contributed to record absentee voting turnout and reduced the chance of lines at the polls.
- Built new partnerships with other states to share data, resulting in the referral of nearly 20 voters who voted in Ohio and another state.
- Cut wait times for business filings from four days to one and a half days and built an online filing system so Ohio entrepreneurs can start a business 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Husted currently serves as Ohio's 53rd Secretary of State. With all of his responsibilities, he considers his most important roles as that of husband to his wife Tina and father to his children, Alex, Katie and Kylie.