(Columbus) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he'll deliver his annual State of the State speech in Medina.

The governor's office announced the speech site and Feb. 24 date on Monday. The speech will be delivered during a joint session of the General Assembly at the Medina Performing Arts Center.

Medina is hometown of GOP House Speaker Bill Batchelder. Kasich's likely Democratic rival Ed FitzGerald, of Cleveland, oversees government in neighboring Cuyahoga County.

"Medina is one of Ohio's great communities and this is a great way to celebrate it. Medina is also the hometown of Speaker Batchelder and as he starts the last year of his term this is a way to recognize his distinguished 46-year career in public service," said Rob Nichols, the governor’s Press Secretary.

It's the third time the Republican governor has moved the traditional joint legislative session outside of Columbus.

Kasich made history in 2012 when he moved the speech from Columbus to the eastern Ohio industrial city of Steubenville. That was a year after his first such speech, delivered at the Statehouse, was marred by labor-fueled protests.

He delivered last year's speech in Lima, in northwest Ohio.

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