election 2018

photo of Dave Yost
STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The election for statewide office holders isn't for nearly two more years. However, that’s not stopping one candidate from announcing his candidacy now.

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says he’s running for Attorney General in 2018.

“I’ve been preparing for this job my entire life,” he said.

Yost, a former Delaware County prosecutor, made his wishes known in a simple press release without fanfare "'cause I’m a low key kind of guy,” he said.

Joe Schiavoni
Karen Kasler / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Even before November's election, speculation began about who will be running in 2018 for the top five statewide offices -- all now held by Republicans and all of which will be term-limited. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler talked with a Democrat who says he’s ready to run for governor.

Bridges in Ohio
WIKIMEDIA

Ohio’s Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is among those criticizing President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of a top counselor. But, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, he’s also looking for ways to work with the Trump administration on issues he says are vital to his voters and Trump’s.

Sen. Sherrod Brown was a big backer of Hillary Clinton and no fan of Donald Trump. And he sees Trump’s appointment of Breitbart news executive Steve Bannon as a sign of what he feared most from a Trump administration, including racist thread running through the national dialogue.

John Kasich's (lower right) possible successors
Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Republican Party could be facing a dilemma in the next two years with as many as three top officeholders possibly vying for the governor’s office.  The current man in the big chair, John Kasich, is weighing in on what might happen before 2018.

Three statewide Republican leaders are considering running for governor of Ohio in two years, including Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

Richard Cordray
STATE OF OHIO

The head of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- who's been viewed as about as a possible Democratic candidate for governor -- was back home in Ohio recently, talking about the role he hopes the Bureau continues to play up until and after this fall’s election. 

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