Ohio Governor John Kasich will come in dead last when he delivers his State of the State address on April 6. Kasich’s consuming pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination has filled his schedule to the extent that Ohio’s debate falls after the annual messages of governors from all the other states. It also falls after Ohio’s primary election.
Yet, locals are rejoicing the announcement that the governor’s speech will be delivered from the newly opened Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Marietta and the Mid-Ohio Valley to showcase our employers, our educational institutions, and most importantly our hospitality,” said State Rep Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) “We are pleased to welcome Governor Kasich and members of the Ohio General Assembly to Ohio’s first city. I know Marietta will roll out the red carpet and graciously entertain the assembled dignitaries. Our city’s rich history, scenic beauty, landmarks, architecture, museums, restaurants and hotels will make a permanent positive impression on our guests.”
Settled in 1788 by members of the Ohio Company, Marietta was the gateway to the Northwest Territory.
“It is only fitting that Ohio’s first city — and the front door to our nation’s new frontier — host a legislative session as part of our annual State of the State address,” said Kasich spokesman Joe Andrews.
Ohio’s State of the State address will be delivered at 7 pm on April 6 at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta.