GOP Gov.-elect DeWine begins transition work

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine has begun immediate preparations for his transition to office less than 24 hours after defeating Democrat Richard Cordray in what both political parties expected to be a much tighter race.

The Republican attorney general on Wednesday named long-time aide Laurel Dawson as his transition director, Lisa Peterson as his communications director and LeeAnne Cornyn as his director of children's initiatives.

At a Statehouse news conference, DeWine said there will be "no litmus test" for his Cabinet appointments aside from qualifications, and that includes political party affiliation.

He said he plans to continue surrounding himself with strong people who will speak honestly with him about the needs of the state.

DeWine said Lt. Gov.-elect Jon Husted's (HYOO'-stedz) role in the new administration has not yet been decided.