Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor officially announces 2018 campaign for Ohio governor

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CLEVELAND, Oh.-(WTAP) The race to replace Ohio Governor John Kasich continues to grow.

Kasich's Lieutenant Governor is the latest candidate to seek the Republican nomination in 2018.

Mary Taylor officially announced her campaign Friday in Cleveland.

She also has been state auditor, and before that, a member of the Ohio Legislature.

Her priorities include creating jobs and reforming the state's education system.

Another goal is addressing the opioid addiction crisis. She revealed in 2016 her two adult sons have dealt with opioid addiction.

"We need a public education campaign so that individuals understand the dangers of using drugs," Taylor said in a satellite interview with The News Center Friday. "We also need more and better treatment facilities. And we need to treat the brain, because this is a brain disease. It's not about getting sober, it's about staying sober, and truly healing the brain."

Taylor says Congress needs to continue working to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

That includes allowing states flexibility to address their own health care issues.

Kasich, who endorses Taylor, has criticized proposed bills seeking to repeal Medicaid expansion.