Parade-goers know what they’d tell Governor Kasich given the chance

Governor Kasich stops for selfie with WDTN's Pam Elliot
Governor Kasich stops for selfie with WDTN's Pam Elliot

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – You might have missed Ohio Governor John Kasich in the Americana Festival parade in Centerville.  We almost did.

As honorary Grand Marshal he shook a few hands, but there wasn’t time for conversation. So 2 NEWS asked parade-goers, given the chance, what would they tell him.

Sherry Betche is a retired educator. She said she’d tell the governor, “Preschool education is needed in Ohio for all public schools. Preschoolers should be able to go to school free, three-year-olds and four-year-olds. I think it’s really important.

Brian Long said, “No more casinos.”

Emerson Browning told 2 NEWS, “I think all humans should have equal rights, no matter what race or gender.”

Pam Elliot: And sexual preference too? That’s a big topic.

Emerson Browning: Sexual preference. I think equal rights, everyone should be equal.

Pam Elliot: And you want him to stand for that?

Emerson Browning:I would like for him to stand for that.

Charles Robinson had a message for the governor too, but for the most part he was just happy to have him in the neighborhood.

“It gives Centerville some recognition statewide and nationally so it’s a good thing,” said Robinson.

Pam Elliot: If you could stop him and tell him one thing what would it be? Charles Robinson: Lower the taxes.

We had been told there would be no media availability, but no one said anything about a selfie.  It was actually his idea. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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