Ohio Lt. Gov. stepping down as state insurance director

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s lieutenant governor is stepping down as the state’s insurance director.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) announced Friday that Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor was leaving her job as director of the Ohio Department of Insurance effective Friday. The governor has named department’s deputy director, Jillian Froment, as the new director.

Taylor, a Republican, is continuing as Kasich’s lieutenant and is one of three high-profile Ohioans aspiring to governor. She recently created the Mary Taylor for Governor committee and says she plans to make her campaign announcement later this year.

Taylor told The Associated Press on Friday she wanted to start focusing more on the future of the state. She said her decision also was made partly to allow more time for her campaign.

Taylor has served as Kasich’s lieutenant since 2011.