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DeWine makes female, black Cabinet picks after diversity vow

December 4, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov.-elect Mike DeWine has named a female chief of staff and nominated three other women and two black men in his initial round of Cabinet picks.

The Republican attorney general, who led all-white male GOP ticket, pledged during the 2018 campaign to promote diversity if elected.

On Tuesday, DeWine announced long-time aide and transition leader Laurel Dawson as his chief of staff.

He nominated Major General John Harris as the Ohio National Guard’s adjutant general; Mary Mertz, the current first assistant attorney general, as natural resources director; Ann O’Donnell as chief adviser to the Governor’s Office; Ervan Rogers as chief information officer; and Alisha Nelson director of Recovery Ohio.

O’Donnell, Rogers and Nelson hold similar positions at the Attorney General’s Office.

DeWine succeeds Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) in January.

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