COLUMBUS — Republican state Auditor Dave Yost announced Tuesday that he will run for attorney general, becoming the second statewide official to solidify his 2018 election intentions.
The announcement confirmed what many already expected — Yost hasn’t hidden his interest in the attorney general’s office, a post he initially pursued before running for state auditor seven years ago. Curing last year’s Republican National Convention, he displayed the phrase “Y4AG” on the back of the guitar he was playing at a concert.
“As a former prosecutor and as your auditor of state, I have fought to find the truth and to bring forth justice,” Yost said in a released statement. “I will continue that fight as your attorney general — in the courts or in city hall, from the streets to the Statehouse.”
He added,  “I feel as if I've prepared my whole life for this job. As your attorney general, I will never give up, and I will never give in — I will always fight for right.”
Yost served as the Delaware County prosecutor for eight years prior to being elected state auditor in 2010. He said in a statement Tuesday that his top priorities as attorney general would be fighting human trafficking and the opioid epidemic and supporting law enforcement officers.
Yost’s campaign filed its annual financial report Tuesday, noting more than $1 million in cash on hand, including
He joins Republican state Treasurer Josh Mandel among statewide officials who have formally announced their 2018 candidacies.
Others are expected to announce their intentions in coming weeks. Republicans Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor have been widely discussed as possible gubernatorial hopefuls.
 
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at mkovac@dixcom.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.