Governor-elect Mike DeWine will speak in Akron next month.

DeWine, a Republican who defeated Democrat Rich Cordray for the position in the November election, will speak at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., at noon Jan. 17.

DeWine, currently the state's attorney general, won 50.39 percent of the vote in Ohio with running mate Jon Husted, currently Ohio's secretary of state, for the lieutenant governor's spot.

Cordray, who previously served as the director of the U. S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and is a past Ohio attorney general, and running mate and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton lost with 46.68 percent of the vote, according to Ohio secretary of state records.

DeWine and Husted lost to Cordray and Sutton in Summit County with only 41.54 percent of the vote, compared to 55.53 percent for Cordray and Sutton. But the Republican duo carried several surrounding counties, including Geauga, Medina, Portage, Stark and Wayne counties. 

Tickets for the luncheon, sponsored by the Akron Community Foundation, are $25 each and include lunch.

Will-call tickets will be available at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17. The doors will open at 11:45 a.m., lunch will be served at noon and the presentation will begin at 12:20 p.m., with the luncheon ending at 1 p.m.

Online reservations are available until 24 hours before the luncheon and can be made at For last-minute reservations, call 330-247-8682.

The talk will also be played on WKSU (89.7-FM) at 8 p.m. Jan. 24.