HANOVERTON, Ohio (WKBN) – With less than a week until Election Day, statewide Republican candidates stopped at the Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton.

On Thursday, about a dozen candidates spoke to a crowd of about 200 people about issues affecting Ohioans. They talked mostly about energy, crime, the economy and education.

Columbiana County Republican Party Chairman Dave Johnson has held his position since 1989 and says he’s seen the Republican Party grow in that time.

“When I became chairman in 1989, there were three Republican officials out of 15. Now, we have every office but one,” he said.

We asked incumbent Governor Mike DeWine to respond to some of the criticism he has received about abortion rights.

“Legislature needs to keep in mind that whatever they pass, the people of the state of Ohio can take that to a referendum. So what they need to pass is something that’s sustainable, something that, you know, can be supported and that will be lasting,” he said.

Candidates will continue touring the state to spread their messages.

The only statewide candidate not at the rally was J.D. Vance. Other candidates present said he was at a fundraiser.