2018 Cheat Sheet: Who’s In/Who’s Considering a Statewide Run

Even though we’ve just completed the first quarter of 2017, candidates from both parties are already lining up to run for statewide offices in 2018. In order to keep everything straight, here’s our list of those people who have officially declared and those who are still thinking about it but are rumored to get into the race. We will keep a running list on our website at http://ohiochamber.com/politicalgrassroots/. (Updated April 24, 2017)

*Indicates they have officially announced for an office.

Republican Gubernatorial Primary

Attorney General Mike DeWine
Secretary of State Jon Husted
Congressman Jim Renacci*
Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor


Democratic Gubernatorial Primary

Former State Representative Connie Pillich*
State Senator Joe Schiavoni*
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley
Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Former Mayor of Cincinnati and Talk Show Host Jerry Springer
Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill
Former Attorney General Rich Cordray
Former Congresswoman Betty Sutton*
Former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner


Republican U.S. Senate Primary

State Treasurer Josh Mandel*
Congressman Pat Tiberi


Democratic U.S. Senate Primary

Senator Sherrod Brown*


Republican Ohio Supreme Court Primary

Appellate Judge Mary DeGenaro
Appellate Judge Craig Baldwin
Appellate Judge Matthew McFarland
Appellate Judge Colleen O’Toole


Democratic Ohio Supreme Court Primary

Common Pleas Judge John O’Donnell
Appellate Judge Cynthia Rice


Republican Auditor of State Primary

State Rep. Keith Faber


Democratic Auditor of State Primary


Republican Treasurer of State Primary

Franklin County Treasurer Clarence Mingo*
State Rep. Robert Sprague


Democratic Treasurer of State Primary


Republican Attorney General Primary

State Auditor Dave Yost*


Democratic Attorney General Primary

U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach


Republican Secretary of State Primary

State Sen. Frank LaRose
State Rep. Dorothy Pelanda*


(As of April 7, 2017)

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