COLUMBUS — A second Republican has announced intentions to run for state treasurer next year.
Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo tossed his hat into the race via a new campaign website (ClarenceMingo.com) and a short online video Thursday.
"Nothing is more important to me than my family, my faith and serving others," he said in his online announcement. "I’m a conservative Republican, I’m strongly pro-life and pro-Second Amendment."
A U.S. Army veteran who served during the Persian Gulf War, Mingo holds a law degree from Ohio State University has served as Franklin County Auditor for the past eight years.
"We’ve cracked down on fraud and government waste and safeguarded taxpayer dollars," he said in his online announcement. "To date, we’ve returned nearly $18 million for our local governments and schools… I want to bring that same conservative philosophy to the state treasurer’s office and to the citizens of our great state."
Mingo joins state Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay), who announced his candidacy for the treasurer’s office earlier this month.
Sprague was appointed to the general assembly in 2011 and is eligible to seek another term in the House. According to biographical information compiled by the Ohio House, he is a Findlay native who previously served as auditor and treasurer of that city. During his terms in the Ohio House, Sprague has been active in working on legislation addressing the state’s heroin epidemic.
Mingo and Sprague join a growing crowd of 2018 candidates for statewide office.
At the top of the ticket, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Congressman Jim Renacci have already launched campaign efforts for gubernatorial runs, with Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine also eyeing that Republican primary.
Among Democrats, former Congresswoman Betty Sutton, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), former state Rep. Connie Pillich (D-Cincinnati) and former Wayne County Commissioner David Kiefer all have announced their intentions to run for governor.
State Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) earlier announced her candidacy for secretary of state. State Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) and Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) also are eying that race.
State Rep. (and former Senate President) Keith Faber (R-Celina) has confirmed to reporters his interest in running for state auditor.
And current state Treasurer Josh Mandel hopes to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown next year.
Marc Kovac covers the Ohio Statehouse for Gatehouse Media. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.